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Volunteer Newsletter
Issue: #15-008
August/2015
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Rocky Mountain BEST Event Schedule

Kickoff

 12 September Saturday

South High School Denver

Noon - 4 PM


 Practice  Day

17 October Saturday

Thomas Jefferson High School Denver

9 AM - 3 PM
 

Game Day

 24 October Saturday

Metropolitan State University of Denver

7:30 AM - 5 PM
 

 

 
Steering Team

Carolyn Bauer-Hub Director, Game, Returnables
 

JoAnne Fry and Lori Lazuk-

Consumable Kits
 

Jose Lopez-School Interface
 

Linda King-Volunteer Interface 
 

Linda Scott-Secretary, Awards & Judging
 

Lois Walton-Budget
 

Patty Gaspar-Events
 


 

Board of Directors

 

Kathy Geise - President
 

Tim Bouvia - Vice President
 

Jose Lopez - Executive Director
 

Carolyn Bauer - Secretary &  Hub Director
 

Lois Walton - Treasurer


 

Steve Garran - Member At Large
 


 

2015 CORP Sponsors 2


 


 

 


Welcome to the August 2015 Rocky Mountain BEST Volunteer Newsletter. Counting down to less than 2 weeks until the Kickoff Event on 12 September when we will be revealing the 2015 PAY DIRT game to 29 schools. 

Now is the time for YOU to get involved in all the fun. If you are interested in volunteering for the Rocky Mountain BEST September and October events listed here, I'd love to hear from  YOU.  Please send me an email at lking@rmbest.org with information on which events you are able to support.
  • Kickoff - Saturday, 12 September, South High School Denver
  • Practice Day - Saturday, 17 October, Thomas Jefferson High School Denver
  • Game Day - Saturday, 24 October, Auraria Event Center Denver
In this newsletter, find the perfect volunteer position for YOU to join in the fun. Learn more about the schools signed up to participate in the Rocky Mountain BEST and the Front Range BEST 2015 competitions. See who were our awesome volunteers who helped assemble the 2015 Game Field and Kits.  And finally, we also highlight our Stemosphere September Outreach Activity and provide information on how to contribute financially to bring the completion Free to schools.
 
If you are interested in the 2 other Colorado BEST Hub Competitions, please use their websites for more information: Front Range BEST (http://www.frbest.organd Southern Colorado (SoCo) BEST @TrinidadState (http://www.trinidadstate.edu/programs/soco-best).
 

Please forward this newsletter to others who might be interested in Rocky Mountain (RM) BEST.
Contact Us NOW to Join in the Fun!           
What Volunteer Position is a PERFECT Fit for YOU?
  
Just send me a quick email with dates and times and interests for more information and to get on the 2015 volunteer list.   lking@rmbest.org 

RM BEST Kickoff (11 and 12 September)  Robot
  1. Move and setup volunteers Friday for 2-4 hours
  2. Setup volunteer Saturday for 2-4 hours
  3. Team Registration Saturday for 2-4 hours
  4. Volunteer Registration Saturday for 2-4 hours
  5. Cleanup and move Saturday for 2 hours    
  6. Computer Set Up Saturday for 2 hours
  7. AV Set Up Friday for 2-4 hours
  8. Breakout presenters Saturday for 2-4 hours
  9. Referees Saturday for 4 hours
  10. Kit distribution Saturday for 2-4 hours
  11. Runners Saturday for 2-4 hours
  12. Hospitality Saturday for 6 hours 
RM BEST Practice Day (16 and 17 October)          
  1. Move and setup volunteers Friday for 2-4 hours
  2. Setup volunteers Saturday for 2-4 hours
  3. Compliance Check Saturday for 2-4 hours*
  4. Team Registration Saturday for 2-4 hours
  5. Volunteer Registration Saturday for 2-4 hours
  6. Pit Support Saturday for 6 hours
  7. Staging Support Saturday for 4 hours     
  8. AV Set Up Friday for 2-4 hours
  9. Referees Saturday for 6 hours*
  10. Scorekeepers Saturday for 6 hours*
  11. Cleanup and move Saturday for 2-4 hours
  12. Runners Saturday for 6 hours
  13. Hospitality Saturday for 6 hours 
  14. Announcer Saturday for 6 hours*
RM BEST Game Day (23 and 24 October)  
  1. Move and setup volunteers Friday for 2-4 hours
  2. Setup volunteers Saturday for 2-4 hours
  3. Compliance Check Saturday for 3 hours*
  4. Team Registration Saturday for 2-4 hours
  5. Volunteer Registration Saturday for 2-5 hours
  6. Pit Support Saturday for 2-8 hours
  7. Staging Support Saturday for 8 hours
  8. AV Set Up Friday for 2-4 hours
  9. Referees Saturday for 8 hours*
  10. Scorekeepers Saturday for 8 hours*
  11. Cleanup and move Saturday for 2 hours
  12. Runners Saturday for 2-8 hours
  13. Hospitality Saturday for 6 hours 
  14. Announcer Saturday for 8 hours*
  15. Judges Saturday for 7 hours*
Positions with * require a few hours of advance training or reading. All other positions received directions the day of the event.

2015 BEST Game - PAY DIRT
WOW, 47 Schools Signed Up for only 40 Slots! All the details to be revealed on 12 September!
 
Just a week for schools to sign up to participate in the 2015 PAY DIRT game.  We are thrilled to have 28 schools signed up for the Rocky Mountain BEST competition and 12 schools at the Front Range BEST competition.  In the Denver Metro area, we have 7 schools on the waiting list to participate.
 
Schools currently on the Denver Metro Hubs Waiting List are listed in red with the Rocky Mountain BEST Standby team also underlined. Please ask any interested schools to contact Jose Lopez at jlopez@rmbest.org.


Rocky Mountain BEST
 School
City
Years Competing
Academy for Advanced and Creative Learning
Colorado Springs
2
Broomfield High School
Broomfield
6
Cripple Creek - Victor High School
Cripple Creek
1
D'Evelyn Jr/Sr High School
Denver
2
DSST Byers Middle School
Denver
1
DSST Green Valley Ranch High School
Denver
1
DSST Stapleton
Denver
5
DSST: Cole High School
Denver
1
Fountain Valley High School
Colorado Springs
1
Golden High School
Golden
3
High Tech Early College
Denver
1
Innovation Center of the St. Vrain Valley School District
Longmont
1
Lake County High School
Leadville
1
Manning Middle School
Golden
3
Manual High School
Denver
1
Mrachek Middle School
Aurora
1
North Middle School
Aurora
3
Ralston Valley
Arvada
1
Russell MS
Colorado Springs
5
Skinner Middle School
Denver
1
Skyline High School
Longmont
2
Skyview Middle School
Colorado Springs
3
St. Mary's Academy
Englewood
3
Standley Lake High School
Westminster
3
Thomas Jefferson High School
Denver
3
Wheat Ridge High School
Wheat Ridge
3
Woodland Park High School
Woodland Park
1
Woodland Park Middle School
Woodland Park
2
East High School
Denver
6
      
Front Range BEST Schools
City
Years Competing
Bear Creek High School
Lakewood
4
Boulder Explore
Boulder
1
Chaparral High School
Parker
4
Dakota Ridge High School
Littleton
4
Englewood High School
Englewood
1
Highlands Ranch High School
Highlands Ranch
1
Lakewood High School
Lakewood
2
Legend High School
Parker
3
Mountain Vista High School
Highlands Ranch
2
STEM Academy
Highlands Ranch
6
Valor Christian High School
Highlands Ranch
3
WarrenTech
Lakewood
5

Waiting List School
City
Years Competing
Aurora Central High School
Aurora
1
Bell Middle School
Golden
1
Bishop Machebeuf High School
Denver
5
New Vista High School
Boulder
6
Walt Clark Middle School
Loveland
1
West Jefferson Middle School
Conifer
1
  

If you have not seen the 2015 BEST Game Teaser Video by our national organization, BEST Robotics Inc. (BRI), check out the 48 second PAY DIRT video via this  YouTube LINK .
 
For additional PAY DIRT game hints, see the weekly bESTology educational activities web postings at this bEStology LINK.
 

Additional Volunteers Needed
RM BEST Venue Lead Position and Volunteers to Help Start New Hubs


 

RM BEST Venue Lead (Now - October): Work with other Rocky Mountain BEST leads and volunteers to establish the venues for the Rocky Mountain BEST late July Teacher / Mentor Institute, September Kickoff event, and October Practice and Game Day events. We estimate the effort to require approximately 4 hours per week. Please contact me at lking@rmbest.org if you are interested in learning more about this position.
 

NEW BEST Robotics Hub in 2016 (Now - December):  We are working with individuals in the Pikes Peak and Central Colorado areas about starting additional Colorado BEST hubs in 2016. Please contact me at lking@rmbest.org if you, friends, or family are interested in working with these individuals to establish new BEST hubs in these locations.
 

Front Range BEST Hub Volunteers (Now - October): The new Front Range BEST hub needs volunteers to help their Hub Development in Douglas County. Please contact Tami Kirkland at tami.Kirkland@frontrangebest.org if you, friends, or family are interested in working with this great group bringing another BEST competition to the Metro Denver area.
 


Volunteer SPOTLIGHT 2013 Spotlight Graphic
AWESOME Volunteers Ready Kits and Game Field for 2015 Competition Kickoff
  
RM BEST Monday Kit Team: The Kit Team completed school Consumable (Blue) and Returnable (Red) kit preparation. They cataloged returned items, repaired 2015 Kit Team COMPLETEbroken items, ordered new items, inventoried everything, and ultimately filled 36 Returnable  totes and 36 Consumable totes PLUS 11 Best Buy Foundation Loaner Kits.  It was a 9 month effort requiring hundreds of hours by Elwyn Allyn, Carolyn Bauer (Boss Bauer), JoAnne Fry, Jan Gorski, Lori Lazuk (the consumable kit team lead extraordinaire!) Patty Gaspar, Phil Hardy, Angie Matthias, Scott McEwen, Jim Myers, Gary Pratt, Judith Schlesinger, Lois Walton, and Linda Wheeler. Special thanks to Scott McEwen for the monumental effort of testing all the returnable kit electronics - over 35 kits.  You were all indispensable in making the kits ready for handoff to the student teams at Kickoff!

2015 Game FieldRM BEST Game Field Builders: The Game Field Team has all the game field components ready for  the game reveal at Kickoff.  2015 Game Field Their exciting Game Field will be revealed on 12 September so look for photos in our September newsletter. Thanks to Carolyn Bauer, Michael Caston, Carolyn Cook, Roger & Sandy Erickson, Hilary 2015 Game Field Hawker, Mike & Linda King, Jim Myers, Caroline Nguyen, Natalie Plaza, Gary Pratt, John Pituch, Dave Porter, and John & Lois Walton for making it possible. A special thanks goes to Dave Porter for his field integration expertise & assistance.  It was a tremendous effort by all to prepare the Game Field in record time!


September Outreach Activity
Hope you can join in the fun!
 
Attention all STEM supporters! Share Fair Nation at the University of STEMOSPHERE Sahre Fair Nation Denver will hold the 2015 STEMosphere on Saturday, September 26, at the Ritchie Center on the DU Campus. RM BEST and Front Range BEST will join other exhibitors in the highly interactive, hands-on, FREE educational event that is open to the public. Look at www.sharefairnation.com for more details and to register.


 


Rocky Mountain BEST Donation Opportunities
We need YOUR help to make the 2015 BEST Competition FREE to Schools

AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know - same products, same prices, same service. Whenever you shop on AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Rocky Mountain BEST, (Centennial CO).

  • To get started, click on the "Shop at AmazonSmile" box on the right to logon to Amazon Smile with your existing Amazon account. 
  • If you do not see Rocky Mountain BEST, you can select "Rocky Mountain BEST (Centennial, CO)" after signing in. 
  • You'll receive an email confirming you are signed up.
  • Once signed up, you'll be reminded of the donation with a "Supporting: Rocky Mountain BEST" in the upper left-hand corner of the screen each time you logon at www.smile.amazon.com.

Benevity - If your company has gift matching through Benevity, Rocky Mountain BEST is one of the eligible non-profit organizations. Please check with your company about gift matching!
 

If you have a Rocky Mountain BEST King Soopers Gift Card, King Soopers will donate 5% of EVERY gift card purchase -- including card refills -- to Rocky Mountain BEST... all at no cost to you -- FOREVER! Remember to use your Gift card to benefit Rocky Mountain BEST. If you need a gift card, contact lwalton@rmbest.org .
 

You can also donate at any time to Rocky Mountain BEST at Rocky Mountain BEST at ColoradoGives.org. 


Rocky Mountain BEST would not be successful without you!  We are looking forward to working with you in 2015 with the PAY DIRT game.
  
Sincerely,
  

Linda King

Volunteer Interface, Rocky Mountain BEST


 

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