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Teacher / Mentor Newsletter 5
Issue: 2016 Newsletter 5
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3 September
Noon - 4:45 PM
Denver South High School

Practice Day

8 October
9 AM - 3:00 PM
Aurora Frontier P-8

Game Day

Saturday, 15 October
7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Auraria Event Center, Denver

Greetings Rocky Mountain BEST
2016 Teachers and Mentors! 
Included in this email are the following 4 sections. Click on green title link to go directly to a section:
  1. Kickoff Agenda - Current Draft - minor changes may occur
  2. Kickoff Procedures-Kickoff Preparation and  the day of Kickoff directions
  3. Looking Forward to Practice and Game Day -Reminder of dates and preparation. Also includes optional BEST Award dates.
  4. Rocky Mountain BEST Robotics Schools -We currently have 29 schools signed up and are excited to see you and your students at Kickoff.
AgendaKickoff Agenda
Current Schedule for Your Planning

Registration Begins
1:00 PM
Welcome - Introduce Schools, Awards and Judging Overview, Season Reminder, Bet the Farm Game Field Reveal and Rules Overview 
2:20 PM Game Floor Available for Photos and Videos
2:30 - 4:45 PM Kit Pickup
2:20 - 4:45 PM Q&A in Lobby
2:30 - 3:30 PM 1st Breakout Training Sessions (max attendance of two from a school /per session)
Room 118 - Kits and Rules
Room 119 - Engineering Notebooks
Room 120 - The BEST Award
Room 122 - Simulink
Room 123 - Teacher and Mentor Tips
Room 124 - Control Systems and Programming easyC v5 and Lab with student laptops  - 2 HOUR SESSION
All others in gym - Robot Design and Construction Tips
3:30 - 4:30 PM 2nd Breakout Training Sessions (max attendance of two from a school /per session)
Room 118 - Kits and Rules
Room 119 - Engineering Notebooks
Room 120 - The BEST Award
Room 122 - Simulink
Room 123 - Teacher and Mentor Tips
Room 124 - Control Systems and Programming easyC v5 and Lab with student laptops - CONTINUES

2016 BET THE FARM Logo KickoffLooking Ahead to Kickoff
Denver South High School on 3 September  from Noon - 4:45 PM
Pre-Kickoff Procedures
  1. Free Software: The software licensing information for each team is normally provided in the teacher packets at Kickoff. Rocky Mountain BEST offers our teachers the opportunity to receive the software licensing links or keys once they register their team on Eventbrite. Look for an email from Lois Walton Lois.Walton@comcast.net to teachers with the Intelitek
    easyCv5 for Cortex
    license before Kickoff. Teachers and students are encouraged to have the easyC V5 software loaded on a laptop to bring to Kickoff for the easyC breakout training session. Please contact Lois Walton if you are interested in getting any of the additional license keys prior to Kickoff: 
    SolidWorks Student Evaluation Kit (3D CAD Software), RoboMatter RobotC, MathWorks Simulink.
  2. Training Session Planning: (Reference Agenda above) After the Kickoff introduction and revelation of the game (with much fanfare, pomp and circumstance) there will be 2 hours of breakout training sessions. You will be given TWO tickets for attendees for each of the sessions with a SINGLE one hour Robot Design & Construction Tips session in the gym having no limit to participation.  Also there will be a 2 hour Control System and Programming with EasyC  and Lab with one set of attendees. To help you plan who will attend the training sessions, this linked planning sheet might be helpful. All of the training presentations will be posted at our website. We will also provide a thumb drive with all relevant files in the teacher packet at Kickoff, including all breakout session training presentations. 
  3. Forms to Bring:  Please have the following forms completed and ready to turn in: 
Kickoff Procedures
  1. Directions: Kickoff will be on Saturday 3 September at Denver South HS located at 1700 East Louisiana Avenue, Denver. When you arrive at Denver South High School, park in the large lot on the West side of the school. Walk to the south end of the school and follow the signs to the Gym. Please click here for map.  Note: Louisiana Ave access is limited from northbound University Avenue, so we recommend using exit 206 from I-25 southbound and northbound.
  2. Participation: The Kickoff presentation will start promptly at 1 PM. You will need to arrive at 12:00 PM to register. Unless you have made prior arrangements, you will not be able to participate in the robot competition unless you are at Kickoff. Please email Linda.King@bestinc.org by 1 September if you need to make other arrangements. 
  3. Kit Transportation: Since you will be issued the materials and electronics for your robot at Kickoff, you'll need to bring a vehicle capable of carrying two totes (Blue Totes: 27" X 17" X 13"; Red Totes: 22" X 16" X 10"), a 2'x4' plywood sheet and a 5' long PVC tube. We recommend a pick-up or an SUV/van with fold down seats.
  4. Kickoff Concessions: The Denver South HS Girls Gymnastics team is providing food for sale at the gym at Kickoff starting at ~11 AM until about 3:30 PM. Last year they had available for sale: hot dogs, drinks, chips, and some baked goods/candy with a possibility of pizza.
  5. KitsDo not forget to obtain your Consumable and Returnable Kit tote boxes and raw materials BEFORE you leave Denver South High School at the conclusion of Kickoff. 
  6. Game Day Bus Coordination: If you are planning to bring a bus to the Auraria Campus on Game Day on 15 October, we will need a bus parking request. Be prepared to sign the Game Day bus parking request, if you'll be bringing a bus to campus. 
  7. Help Wanted: We would like to collect testimonials about BEST experiences from students and teachers. We would use the testimonials in presentations and promotions for RM BEST. Please send them to Lois Walton at lwalton@rockymountainbest.org
2015 Kickoff

FutureNext Events: Practice Day in 5 Weeks & Game Day in 6 Weeks
Help Your Students Manage Their Time to Be Successful

As a reminder, here are the upcoming Rocky Mountain BEST key dates:


Practice Day will be held on Saturday, 8 October at Aurora Frontier P-8
  • School is located in Aurora near E470 and Hampden Avenue  
  • Registration 9 AM
  • Practice & robot repairs 10 AM - 3 PM
  • Students must post Engineering Notebook pdf file to Team's Dropbox by 2 PM (more details to be provided)
  • Teachers must update Demographics Form in Team's Dropbox by 9 AM and bring paper copy to Robot Compliance Check.

Game Day will be held on Saturday,15 October at the Auraria Campus Events Center (aka Gym) in Denver.

  • Located across from the Pepsi Center in Downtown Denver, must have bus passes to park in bus lot.
  • 7:30 AM Registration
  • Competition 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Awards Presentation 5 PM - 6 PM

BEST Award (optional award) Dates

  • 16 September: deadline to  sign up for competing in the BEST Award and to sign up for a Marketing Presentation time slot. Email Linda.King@bestinc.org
  • Marketing Presentation at Metro State University of Denver on Friday,14 October
  • Exhibits and Interviews on 15 October, optional setup time at 7 PM on Friday,14 October. 
SchoolsRocky Mountain BEST Robotics Schools
We are Excited to See You and Your Students
Thanks to all the Teachers and Mentors who registered with Rocky Mountain BEST. WOW! We have 29 schools with the 29th school listed as alternate. T he alternate school will be given robotics kits and software licenses to prepare a robot and engineering notebook. The  alternate s chool may participate at Game Day competition ONLY IF one of the 28 teams drops out. Schools with an asterisk are rookie schools to BEST.
Schools in RED should not forget to REGISTER at this link !

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ROCKY MOUNTAIN BEST SIGNED UP SCHOOLS as of 26 Aug 2016 School District/City
Abraham Lincoln High School - DPS* Denver
Aurora Frontier P-8* Aurora
Aurora Quest K-8* (Alternate) Aurora
Aurora West College Preparatory Academy* Aurora
Bishop Machebeuf High School Denver
Broomfield High School Boulder Valley
Columbine Middle School* Montrose
Denver School of Innovation and Sustainable Design* Denver
DSST: Byers Denver
DSST: Cole High School Denver
DSST: Green Valley Ranch High School Denver
DSST: Stapleton High School Denver
East Middle School* Aurora
Gateway High School Aurora
High Tech Early College Denver
Hill Campus of Arts and Sciences* Denver
Innovation Center of the St. Vrain Valley Schools St. Vrain Valley
Manning Middle School Jeffco
Monarch High School Boulder Valley
Mrachek Middle School Aurora
Neighborhood Center @ Skinner Middle School Denver
New Vista High School Boulder Valley
Ralston Valley High School Jeffco
Skyline High School St. Vrain Valley
St. Mary's Academy Middle School* Englewood
Thomas Jefferson High School Denver
Vista Peak Exploratory* Aurora
Wheat Ridge High School Jeffco
William Smith High School* Aurora
Rocky Mountain BEST would not be successful without you!  Please contact us if you have any questions.

We are looking forward to seeing you and your students at our September and October events.
Jose Lopez ( jlopez@rmbest.org)

Linda King ( Linda.King@bestinc.org)

Rocky Mountain BEST

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