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Volunteer Newsletter
Issue: #14-002
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2014 Boosting BEST

27 February

Builder's Appliance Center
Teacher / Mentor Institute
late July
Monday, Tuesday



  6 September

TBD location


Practice  Day

11 October

TBD Location 
Game Day

18 October


Auraria Event Center


Steering Team

Carolyn Bauer-Hub Director, Game


JoAnne Fry and Lori Lazuk-

Consumable Kits


Jose Lopez-School Interface


Keith Rodefeld and Kevin Barrett-Protobot


Linda King-Volunteer Interface


Linda Scott-Secretary, Awards & Judging


Lois Walton-Budget


Patty Gaspar-Events


Scott McEwen-Venues, Game Field


Board of Directors


Kathy Geise - President


Tim Bouvia - Vice President


Jose Lopez - Executive Director


Carolyn Bauer - Hub Director


Lois Walton - Treasurer


Linda Scott - Secretary



 Welcome to the February 2014 Rocky Mountain BEST Volunteer Newsletter. 
Big News! Listed on the left are this year's event dates. 
Please Mark Your Calendars!
We are excited about our fifth year working with area students in the annual BEST robotics competition. This year's game, BLADERUNNER 2014, was created by the West Texas BEST Hub in Lubbock, Texas. 

As a reminder, we are holding the Boosting BEST Fundraising Event on Thursday evening, 27 February, to help us build the game field, run the events, and provide robotics materials at no cost to the 2014 school teams. More information on the event and needed donations and volunteers is in this newsletter.
Please forward this newsletter to others who might be interested in Rocky Mountain (RM) BEST.  
2014 Boosting BEST Fundraising Event
A Fun Evening on Thursday, 27 February from 6 PM - 8:30 PM

There is still time to register! Please consider inviting family and friends to join in the fun. The evening includes hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction with lots of bargains (6-7:15 PM), wine tasting, students and their robots, and a light dinner with cooking demo by Chef Greg Boynton.
For more information, map, and to register for the Event, please use this link:

 2014 Boosting BEST Annual Fundraising Event. Last day to register is Sunday 23 February. The $30 event fee ($15 tax deductible) may be paid as part of registration or you can pay the fee at the door. 


The venue is Builder's Appliance Center (BAC) Showroom at 1880 West Oxford Avenue, Suite #A (Behind Red & Jerry's southwest of Santa Fe and Oxford Avenue, Englewood, CO.)


robot mascot purple-150If you are a small business owner or entrepreneur, we are looking for sponsors for this primary fundraiser of the year. The goal is four $500 donors to underwrite the costs of the event.  You and your business will be recognized at the event and throughout the 2014 season! Contact Sabina Kilpatrick for more information at 303.919.3303 / skilpatrick@rockymountainbest.org.


Also, we are always looking for silent auction items for Boosting BEST. If you have a product or service you would like to donate, or are willing to get a gift card donated from a restaurant or store, please email Sabina Kilpatrick at skilpatrick@rockymountainbest.org.

Volunteers Needed Near Term
Kit Team and Boosting BEST Volunteers

Monday Kit Team: The Kit Team is working on returned 2013 kits to prepare for 2014 kit activities. They meet most Mondays at Club Workshop 999 Vallejo St #2, Denver near I-25 and 8th Avenue from 10 AM - 3 PM with a lunch break at a local restaurant. They can always use an extra hand and no experience or specific skill is needed. If interested, please contact Carolyn at cbauer@rockymountainbest.org for more information. 


Boosting BEST Fundraiser VolunteersWe still need the following volunteers on Thursday, 27 February at Builder's Appliance Center in Englewood

  • 2 general helpers between 6:00 and 9:00 PM
  • 2 people to help with check-out between 7:45 and 9:00 PM 

If you are able to help, it is not too late to contact Sabina at skilpatrick@rockymountainbest.org for more information about Boosting BEST volunteering.

2014 Game BLADERUNNER bESTology
Fifth Year for Rocky Mountain BEST Competition


A resource for all BEST teams, Friends of BEST in Alabama reprised the weekly bESTology  postings on 2 February. The 2014 Bladerunner postings offer:

  • BEST students: off-season challenges and learning opportunities connected with Bladerunner
  • BEST teams: weekly clues of the 2014 game Bladerunner
  • BEST teams: the terminology and skill set awareness needed for our nation's workforce
  • BEST teachers: activities based on Bloom's taxonomy's higher level skills
  • BEST teachers: an avenue for BEST to be incorporated into cross-curricular activities
  • BEST students: career awareness

The full game details will be provided to the school teams in September during the game Kickoff. 


If you missed it previously, check out the 67 second BLADERUNNER Teaser Video .

We would not be successful without you!  We are looking forward to working with you in 2014.

Linda King

Volunteer Interface, Rocky Mountain BEST


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