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Volunteer Newsletter
Issue: #15-006
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Rocky Mountain BEST Event Schedule

Teacher / Mentor Institute

30 and 31 July Metropolitan State University of




 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






Welcome to the June 2015 Rocky Mountain BEST Volunteer Newsletter. Wow, we are just over 10 weeks from revealing the 2015 PAY DIRT game. We hope you have saved the dates listed here so  YOU can be involved in all the fun. 

The 2015 Colorado BEST Saturday competition event dates are as follows for the 3 hubs: Rocky Mountain BEST and Front Range BEST and Southern Colorado BEST.
  • Kickoff - Saturday, 12 September
  • Practice Day - Saturday, 17 October
  • Game Day - Saturday, 24 October  
Rocky Mountain BEST venue locations are listed on the left sidebar ... AND this month's sidebar also reveals our 2015 Rocky Mountain BEST competition graphic. 
If interested in the 2 other Colorado 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).
Learn more about the schools signed up to participate in 2015 and check out a variety of volunteer options in this email. We've included information about Rocky Mountain BEST volunteers needed this summer for the Kit Team, Game Field Team, Venue leadership position, and how to help expand BEST competition in new areas of Colorado. And it is not too early to let us know if you can help save us money on our game field and robot kit parts. Finally, we list some of the available volunteer positions at our September and October Events. Let me know which positions YOU might be interested in filling.
Please forward this newsletter to others who might be interested in Rocky Mountain (RM) BEST.
2015 BEST Game - PAY DIRT
Signed Up Schools and Video Game Teaser with all the details to be revealed in just over 10 weeks!

There is still time for a school to sign up to participate in the 2015 PAY DIRT game.  We are thrilled to have 35 schools signed up for the 2015 competition in the Denver metro area between Rocky Mountain and Front Range BEST. In addition, SoCo BEST @Trinidad State is signing up teachers in southern Colorado. 

Of the 35 schools signed up, 12 (marked with a *) are new to BEST. We will continue to sign up schools through August with a waiting list once we fill our available slots. We plan to assign the schools to RM BEST or FR BEST in late July. Please ask any interested schools to contact Jose Lopez at jlopez@rockymountainbest.org.

2015 Schools - City * Rookie School
1. High Tech Early College - Denver* 19. Lake County High School - Leadville*
2. WarrenTech Central -  Lakewood 20.  Highlands Ranch High School - Highlands Ranch *
3. Bear Creek High School - Lakewood 21.  Academy for Advanced and Creative Learning - Colorado Springs
4. Russell Middle School - Colorado Springs 22.  Chaparral High School - Parker
5. DSST Stapleton - Denver 23.  Dakota Ridge High School - Littleton
6. Battle Mountain High School - Edwards* 24.  Skyview Middle School - Colorado Springs
7. Thomas Jefferson High School - Denver 25.  Skyline High School - Longmont
8. DSST Cole High School - Denver* 26.  Woodland Park High School - Woodland Park*
9. Broomfield High School - Broomfield 27.  Boulder Explore - Boulder*
10. Woodland Park Middle School - Woodland Park 28.  Wheat Ridge High School - Wheat Ridge
11. STEM Academy - Highlands Ranch 29.  D'Evelyn Jr/Sr High School - Denver
12. Manning Middle School - Golden 30.  Manual High School - Denver*
13. Mountain Vista High School - Highlands Ranch 31.  Fountain Valley High School - Colorado Springs*
14. Ralston Valley High School - Arvada* 32.  Golden High School - Golden
15. Innovation Center of the St. Vrain Valley School District - Longmont* 33.  Legend High School - Parker
16.  Standley Lake High School - Westminster 34.  Valor Christian High School - Highlands Ranch
17. St. Mary's Academy - Englewood 35.  North Middle School Health Sciences & Technology Campus - Aurora
18. DSST Green Valley Ranch High School - Denver* 36.   TBD
As of 29 June 2015


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.


Volunteers Needed Near Term
RM BEST Kit Team and RM BEST Game Field Builder Volunteers, RM BEST Venue Lead Positions, and Volunteers to Help Start a New Hub

RM BEST Monday Kit Team: If you have a few hours of free time mid-day on a Monday this summer, this team is a perfect fit for you. The Kit Team is counting, testing, and cleaning returned 2014 kits to prepare for 2015 kit activities and labeling Best Buy Foundation grant kits in our new workshop.  They will soon start 2015 unique preparations. They meet most Mondays at 999 Vallejo St #2 (Unit 34) in 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.

RM BEST Game Field Builders (Mid-July - August): If you would like to help create the 4 quadrant game field that the robots navigate during competition, please contact Carolyn about this opportunity.  We'll work with you to match the game field component to you depending on the time you have available, your skill 2014 Game Daylevel (some components are very simple), and the tools required. We'll provide you all the materials to build your section of the game field you provide the labor and any required tools. You'll use BEST provided  drawings to construct and assemble game field pieces. We expect to have final drawings available by early July with construction in July and August. Full assembly of all components and testing must be completed at least two weeks prior to 12 September Kickoff. Multiple separate components permit multiple independent helpers to separately construct their components. Tools needed could include the following depending on component: saws to cut plywood, lumber, foam, and PVC; wood sander; paint brushes; drill; and screw drivers. Skills needed include: read drawings, construct using tools above, and assemble components with glue (PVC), screws, and hinges. The draft game field drawings were well done and the game field is easier to construct than last year's game field. If interested, please contact Carolyn at cbauer@rockymountainbest.org for more information.


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@rockymountainbest.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@rockymountainbest.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.

Can YOU Save Us $ on Kit & Game Field Parts?
Contact us if you know of someone who can donate material

RM BEST Kit and Game Field Donations - We need ideas on obtaining zero or reduced cost consumable robot and game field materials. For example, we need lots of 1x4 lumber, plywood and PVC pipes, tees and elbows. If you have suggestions or need more information, please contact JoAnne at jfry@rockymountainbest.org 


Robot How YOU Can Help at Fall Events
What is a good match for you to join in the fun?

RM BEST Kickoff (11 and 12 September) 

  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 volunteer 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 volunteer 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. Patrick and John 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. If interested in any of  these RM BEST volunteer positions, please contact me at lking@rockymountainbest.org for more information and to get on the 2015 volunteer list.


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@rockymountainbest.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.

Linda King

Volunteer Interface, Rocky Mountain BEST


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