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Volunteer Newsletter
Issue: #15-010
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Colorado Gives Day
8 December 2015

Boosting BEST Fundraiser
25 February 2016 at Builder's Appliance Center
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 October 2015 Rocky Mountain BEST Volunteer Newsletter.
What an incredible year for BEST Robotics in Colorado! In 2015, 46 schools competed in Colorado BEST competitions!

Rocky Mountain BEST hosted 28 Teams from Colorado. Almost 125 of YOU AWESOME volunteers participated supporting the 446 students and 61 teachers and mentors at the September and October events.  
One of our volunteers, Jon Barber, captured the RM BEST volunteer spirit.
" We are giving vision to young men and women, they may not be able to find otherwise, that will take them places they would not be able to go without this experience. I am proud to serve with you, investing in the hope of our future."

Congratulations to the two new Colorado BEST Hubs: SoCo BEST @TrinidadState with 7 teams and Front Range BEST with 11 teams competing.   
Please forward this newsletter to others who might be interested in Rocky Mountain (RM) BEST.
Congratulations to All the Student Teams!    
Our Competition Results
The 28 amazing student teams all learned a tremendous amount with the guidance of their dedicated teachers and mentors. All those who attended Game Day were able to see the unique robots created and fabricated by the talented 5th to 12 grade students. 
Hi Tech Early College
St Mary's Academy
Mrachek Middle School

We presented the following awards at the 24 October Game Day at the Auraria Campus Event Center.
St Mary's Academy
BEST Awards    
  • 1st Place: St. Mary's Academy
  • 2nd Place: Ralston Valley High School*
  • 3rd Place: DSST Stapleton High School
Game Awards  
  • 1st Place: DSST Byers Middle School*
  • 2nd Place: Ralston Valley High School*
  • 3rd Place: DSST Stapleton High School
  • Robotics Finalist: East High School
Special Awards
Ralston Valley HS.
  • Founders Award for Creative Design: St. Mary's Academy
  • Most Robust Machine: DSST Byers Middle School*
  • Software Design and Simulation: St. Mary's Academy
  • Craftsmanship Award: St. Mary's Academy
  • Best Rookie Team: Ralston Valley High School*
  • Project Engineering Notebook (for non-BEST Award Team): Innovation Center of St. Vrain Valley*
Next stop Arkansas for Regional Championship!

These teams qualified to participate in the Frontier Trails BEST Regional Championship at Fort Smith, Arkansas on 4 & 5 December 2015.  http://uafs.edu/ftbest/ft-best-home
  • St. Mary's Academy2015 Awards
  • DSST Byers Middle School*
  • Ralston Valley High School*
  • DSST Stapleton
  • D'Evelyn Jr/Sr High School
  • Manning Middle School
  • Skyline High School
Not all teams that qualified are able to attend the Regional Championship, but they send their BEST wishes to all Colorado teams attending the two-day event.

* Rookie Team

Two News Organizations Feature RM BEST Game Day!
FOX31 Denver KDVR-TV and The Denver Post Segments

On Game Day,  FOX31 Denver KDVR-TV interviewed Jose Lopez, RM BEST and DSST Stapleton Students. The KDVR video is available at this link.

The Denver Post article includes interviews with RM BEST volunteer Carolyn Bauer, and students Sarah Cerrone (D'Evelyn Jr/Sr High School) and Julia Douthit (Denver School of Science and Technology Stapleton High School). The Denver Post article is available at Denver Post News Article

2013 Spotlight Graphic Practice and Game Day Volunteer SPOTLIGHT    
Wow!  Our Volunteers are the BEST! 
Some of the awesome Rocky Mountain BEST volunteers faces we caught on camera.  We appreciate all of YOU!!


Thanks to YOU
  the 2015 events
were successful!




Thank YOU for taking the time to support Rocky Mountain BEST!




We could not do this without YOU.

We hope YOU are able to participate again in 2016.
 2015 BEST Marketing Judges

Rocky Mountain BEST Donation Opportunities
We need YOUR help to make the 2016 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 .
Please consider supporting Rocky Mountain BEST on Colorado Gives Day!
Colorado's largest one-day online giving event, presented by Community First Foundation and FirstBank, is 2015 Colorado Gives Daycoming up and we need your support.
On Tuesday, December 8, 2015, thousands of donors will come together to support Colorado nonprofits
like ours.

Last year, a record-breaking $26.2 million was raised for Colorado nonprofits. Our portion was $12,300 from our generous donors This year, our goal is to raise $15,000. Colorado Gives Day is powered by ColoradoGives.org, a year-round website featuring more than 1,650 nonprofits. ColoradoGives.org encourages charitable giving by providing comprehensive, objective and up-to-date information about Colorado nonprofits and an easy way to support them online.

$1 Million Incentive Fund - Thanks to Community First Foundation and First Bank, Colorado Gives Day features a $1 Million Incentive Fund, one of the largest gives-day incentive funds in the country. Every nonprofit receiving a donation on Colorado Gives Day receives a portion of the Incentive Fund, which increases the value of every dollar donated.

Check out our donation page on ColoradoGives.org at Rocky Mountain BEST .  Give where you live on Colorado Gives Day. Your support helps us continue to bring robotics competitions to Colorado to "inspire a youth for a lifetime".
  • When you give online any time on December 8, the value of your donation will be increased by a portion of the $1M FirstBank Incentive Fund.
  • Donate online any time during the 24 hour period of December 8 to "give where you live!"
  • Beginning November 2015, your donation can be scheduled ahead of time. Be sure you choose the button "CO GIVES DAY" when you schedule your early schedule. Visit the Colorado Gives Day FAQ page for details.
We hope you c onsider donating to Rocky Mountain BEST on Tuesday 8 December.
You can also donate at any time to Rocky Mountain BEST at
Rocky Mountain BEST at ColoradoGives.org. 

Colorado Gives Day is Tuesday, 12.8.15.

Rocky Mountain BEST would not be successful without you!  We were thrilled to work with so many of you in 2015.

Linda King

Volunteer Interface, Rocky Mountain BEST


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