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Issue: #15-003
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2015 Rocky Mountain BEST Event Schedule

Teacher / Mentor Institute

 2 days in late July or  early August






 12 September Saturday


 Practice  Day

17 October Saturday


Game Day

 24 October Saturday



We expect to finalize the dates very soon.


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

Scott McEwen-Venues


Board of Directors


Kathy Geise - President

Tim Bouvia - Vice President

Jose Lopez - Executive Director

Carolyn Bauer - Secretary &  Hub Director

Lois Walton - Treasurer





Welcome to the March 2015 Rocky Mountain BEST Volunteer Newsletter. We are excited about the 2015 PAY DIRT game and getting YOU involved in all the fun. Learn more about this year's game and the schools signed up to participate in this year's competition.

Our tentative 2015 Saturday competition event dates in Denver are: Kickoff 12 September,  Practice Day 17 October, and  Game Day 24 October. Please SAVE these dates on your calendar! The dates are also listed in the left sidebar.

We're remembering the 32 teams competing in 2014 Blade Runner game with our newly released video available on YouTube and also looking back at the results of our recent annual Boosting BEST Fundraiser. See additional ways to contribute in this newsletter including a Robotics Week Gift Fair on 11 April at Sheridan Library.

We've also included information about volunteers needed in April for the Kit Team, 2 Rocky Mountain BEST volunteer leadership positions, and how to help expand BEST competition in new areas of Colorado. We also provide more details about our April Outreach activities.

And finally an update is included on the two additional Colorado BEST Hubs that will sponsor a competition in their communities in 2015 - Front Range BEST in Douglas County and SoCo BEST @Trinidad State in southern Colorado.  .


Please forward this newsletter to others who might be interested in Rocky Mountain (RM) BEST.
2015 BEST Game - PAY DIRT
Registered Schools and Video Game Teaser, Lots More to Come

Teachers continue signing up their teams for the 2015 PAY DIRT competition. We are working with Front Range BEST in Douglas County to register teams in the Denver Metro area. In addition, SoCo BEST @Trinidad State is talking with teachers in southern Colorado. Rocky Mountain BEST is also talking with schools from other areas in Colorado.

We are thrilled to have 23 schools signed up to compete at Rocky Mountain BEST or Front Range BEST competitions. Of these schools, 9 are new to BEST. We will continue to sign up schools through August with a waiting list once we fill our available slots. 

  1. High Tech Early College - Denver
  2. WarrenTech Central -  Lakewood
  3. Bear Creek High School - Lakewood
  4. Russell Middle School - Colorado Springs
  5. DSST Stapleton - Denver
  6. Battle Mountain High School - Edwards
  7. Thomas Jefferson High School - Denver
  8. DSST Cole High School - Denver
  9. Broomfield High School - Broomfield
  10. Woodland Park Middle School - Woodland Park
  11. STEM Academy - Highlands Ranch
  12. Manning Middle School - Golden
  13. Mountain Vista High School - Highlands Ranch
  14. Ralston Valley High School - Arvada
  15. Innovation Center of the St. Vrain Valley School District - Longmont
  16. Standley Lake High School - Westminster
  17. St. Mary's Academy - Englewood
  18. DSST Green Valley Ranch High School - Denver
  19. Lake County High School - Leadville
  20. Highlands Ranch High School - Highlands Ranch
  21. Academy for Advanced and Creative Learning - Colorado Springs
  22. Chaparral High School - Parker
  23. Dakota Ridge High School - Littleton

Our national organization, BEST Robotics Inc. (BRI), has released the 2015 BEST Game Teaser. 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.

Our volunteers are preparing for our PAY DIRT games and are excitedly reading the draft rules and reviewing the draft game field drawings. These volunteers will learn more about this year's game at the BRI April Prototype Game Weekend in Kansas City on April 24 & 25. 


The full details of the PAY DIRT game will be revealed to the student teams at the September Kickoff events. Until then it's a secret!

A Look Back - 2014 Video & Boosting BEST

Thanks to all those who made it possible!

BEST 2014 2000Kbps 720p
2014 Rocky Mountain BEST Blade Runner Game


We recently posted our 2014 Blade Runner Video on YouTube.  Click the box to the right to access the video.  

Thank you to all the 120 volunteers, teachers, mentors, and students from the 32 teams and our generous sponsors that made the 2014 competition a success.



Rocky Mountain BEST and the new Douglas County Hub, Front Range BEST, received a FANTASTIC financial BOOST towards providing their FREE robotics competitions to local schools in 2015!  The Boosting BEST fundraiser contributed over $26,000 towards making the 2015 Front Range and Rocky Mountain BEST competitions FREE to local schools.  Thanks to our two generous matching donors for the added boost!


Thank you again to the 90 folks who navigated snow and ice to attend including 12 St. Mary's Academy and STEM Academy    students, teachers, and mentors. And special thanks to our underwriter, Oster Jewelers, and Builders Appliance Center who provided their facility, and the donors of over 300 items and the 25 volunteers who made this all possible. 

THANK YOU ALL for supporting BEST

Volunteers Needed Near Term
Kit Team Volunteers, RM BEST TMI and Venue Lead Positions, and Help Start a New Hub

Monday Kit Team: The Kit Team is counting, testing, and cleaning returned 2014 kits to prepare for 2015 kit activities and labeling BEST BUY grant kits in our new workshop. They meet most Mondays at 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 2013 Spotlight Graphiccbauer@rockymountainbest.org for more information. 

Thanks to Carolyn Bauer, Gary Pratt, and Scott McEwen for their extra efforts to establish our new workshop. 

Rocky Mountain BEST Teacher / Mentor Institute (TMI) Lead: With the help of a group of enthusiastic volunteers, this position leads the effort for our 2-day training session offered to new and veteran teachers and mentors in late July. Responsibilities include planning  the event and coordinating volunteer tasking, robot materials, and presentations. Please contact me at lking@rockymountainbest.org if you are interested in learning more about this position. It's great fun to work with our amazing teachers & mentors!


Rocky Mountain BEST Venue Lead: Work with other Rocky Mountain BEST leads and volunteers in establishing the venues for the Rocky Mountain BEST late July Teacher / Mentor Institute, September Kickoff event, and October Practice and Game Day events. Please contact me at lking@rockymountainbest.org if you are interested in learning more about this position.

NEW BEST Robotics Hub in 2016:  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: 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.

April Community Outreach Plans
A BUSY April Introducing BEST to Colorado


Robotics at the Hangar (RATH), Sunday, April 12, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, Denver. We are looking for a couple of volunteers to help for a few hours or all afternoon with set up and the robotic hands-on activity from 11 am - 4 pm.


You are also welcome to join in the fun at Robotics at the Hanger for the price of admission. Click on the logo above to learn more about the event. 


Girls in the Middle Conference, Friday, April 17 Trinidad State Junior College, Trinidad. This conference introduces the many exciting possibilities that engineering, science, math, technology and technical education has to offer to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls. Trinidad State Junior College hopes that through introducing these possibilities, the middle school girls will want to continue studying these subjects as they enter high school and beyond. We are sending three volunteers to present a robotic- themed activity at afternoon sessions to 20 of the expected 100 Middle School girls from southern Colorado.

1st Annual Youth of the Earth Festival with New Vista High School, Wednesday - EARTH DAY, April 22, from 4-7 PM at Boulder County Fairgrounds, Longmont. The event is FREE and open to all ages! Click on the logo to the right to learn more about the event.


Plan to attend with your friends and family! This is an Xtreme Zero Waste event so:

  • Bring your own cup or water bottle or use the drinking fountains.
  • Bring old pens and pencils to recycle.
  • Bring used cellphones and digital cameras to recycle.
  • Buy a Youth of the Earth Festival t-shirt, made from locally-sourced used 100% cotton t-shirts.
  • Ride your bicycle and park it in the Bicycle Valet, provided by Bicycle Longmont. 
  • Take the bus or carpool.
  • Eat food on real dishes. No throw-away dishes here. (Donations accepted for food.)

Rocky Mountain BEST Donation Opportunities
Ways to help make the 2015 BEST Competition FREE to Schools

Please join Rocky Mountain BEST and Front Range BEST ~ Robotics Week Gift Fair Saturday, 11 April from 3-5 pm at the Sheridan Library at 3425 W Oxford Ave, Denver.
  • Robot Demonstrations
  • Get your Mother's Day Gifts from Independent Consultants from:
    • Pampered Chef
    • 31 Gifts
    • Younique
    • Jamberry
    • Trades of Hope
  • Crafts for kids
  • Silent Auction
  • Chocolate Therapy Chocolate Bars
For more information please email Tami.Kirkland@frontrangebest.org or call 720-323-6827 (text ok)

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! Everyone needs groceries and gas. Remember to use your Rocky Mountain BEST Gift card to benefit Rocky Mountain BEST. It's really easy.


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

Two New Colorado Hubs Up and Running
Front Range & SoCo BEST @Trinidad State to Host BEST Competitions
Front Range BEST will host a BEST competition in Douglas County. They are working to set their 2015 competition schedule and venues.  Teachers and mentors from their competition will be invited to the joint Rocky Mountain and Front Range BEST Teacher / Mentor Institute tentatively planned for late July.  Check out their website at http://www.frbest.org for more information. 

SoCo BEST @Trinidad State will host their competition events at Trinidad State Junior College supporting southern Colorado schools. Teachers and mentors from their competition will be invited to a Rocky Mountain BEST supported BEST Teacher / Mentor Institute  planned for 2 June at Trinidad State Junior College.  Check out their website at http://www.trinidadstate.edu/programs/soco-best for more information. 
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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