Volume 2018-04 | April 2018
Rocky Mountain BEST Volunteer Newsletter
Thank you to the volunteers, Abraham Lincoln HS and STEM Academy students, auction item donors, BAC Appliance Center, and all those who attended the 8 April Boosting BEST Fundraiser.
2018 Boosting BEST Lincoln HS
Abraham Lincoln High 2017 BEST Team Members
STEM Academy 2017 BEST Team Members
THANK YOU to all the Boosting BEST Fundraiser Participants!
BAC Logo
Wow! We are so grateful to all those who supported the April 2018 Fundraiser at BAC Appliance Center. We raised over $10,000 to bring FREE robotics competitions to Colorado students.

Our thanks to BAC Appliance Center for the use of their beautiful facility and in particular to Mark Hopwood for his help.
Silent Auction Items
Thanks to Jan Gorski for taking these photos
Chef Greg Boynton - Haute Touch Cuisine
provided delicious appetizers
plus a cooking demonstration of an easy pasta dish
2018 Competition - Save the Dates!
Schedule
  • Denver Teacher / Mentor Institute Workshop: 17-19 July at MSU Denver
  • Kickoff: 15 September at TBD
  • Practice Day: 20 October at TBD
  • Game Day: 27 October at MSU Denver
  • Regional Championship: 8-9 December at MSU Denver

Schools Signed Up
  1. DSST Byers - Denver
  2. Abraham Lincoln High School - Denver
  3. Heath Middle School - Greeley
  4. East Middle School - Aurora
  5. Skyline High School - SVV
  6. Mracheck Middle School - Aurora
  7. Montrose High School NJROTC - Montrose
  8. West Middle School - Cherry Creek
Click the above CURRENT EVENTS Game Logo to view the 90 second game teaser video.

If you know a school that is interested in competing, please ask the teacher to send an email to: Linda.King@bestinc.org.
Volunteers Across BEST Check Out Current Events Game
This year's challenging game was presented to BEST Hubs from across BEST Robotics Inc. on 28 April at Auburn University in Alabama.

Our 4 volunteers were able to view the game field up close with opportunities to question developers to improve this year's game. Only those preparing for the competition know the game details until the season starts.

Please reply to this email if you are interested in helping build this year's game field or would like to learn more. We should be able to start the build in early July and need construction completed by late August.
Prototype Weekend CO Hub Participants
Colorado Hub volunteers at BEST Prototype Game Weekend in Alabama: Rocky Mountain BEST (Denver), Golden Plains BEST (Sterling), SoCo BEST @TrinidadState (Trinidad) and Front Range BEST (Highlands Ranch)
Current Volunteer Opportunities
The Monday Kit Team is already working most Monday's at 10 AM at our workshop located at 781 Vallejo in Denver.
No experience needed and extra hands are always helpful.

Please email Carolyn Bauer at cbauer@rmbest.org if you are interested in working on the Monday Kit Team to get on the email list.

We ALSO have openings on our Steering Team planning our 2018 season and on our Board of Directors growing our organization.
2017 Championship Volunteers
Great Elitch Offer for a Great Cause! NOW Available
Help us obtain a donation to support our efforts to bring a robotics competition that is FREE to schools AND enjoy Elitch Gardens at a great discount!!

Season Pass ONLY $69.99! Two Parks, One Price. Pays for itself in just Two visits.
  • FREE Parking all season.
  • Three FREE Bring a Friend Tickets (date restrictions apply and must purchase and visit the park by May 28)
  • Exclusive Money Saving Coupon Book, over $300 in savings!
  • Unlimited Theme and Water Park visits.
  • Fright Fest in October
  • Early Entry into Water Park
  • Lowest Price Available! Limited Time Offer!
Discount Daily Ticket Prices also available.
Click Elitch Gardens Graphic to access the RM BEST Discount website to Purchase, Print and Play.
What a great school-related STEM + Elitch excursion!    Science Days at Elitch Gardens will be held on May 17, 18, and 22. Metro school students can “uncover secrets of science as mad scientists perform interactive activities throughout the park,” AND the students can enjoy the park rides.

Rocky Mountain BEST and Front Range BEST are participating Tuesday 22 May (9 AM - 3 PM), when schools from the Cherry Creek School District will attend. BEST Team scientists from Lincoln High School and a Front Range BEST school will provide information about BEST and an interactive experience with a robot! 
Reaching Out in Colorado
Rocky Mountain BEST brought robots to the 15 April Woodland Park Wind Symphony "Space: the Final Frontier" concert . We inspired young and old with the opportunity to drive DSST Byers 2015 Pay Dirt robot. Let us know if you have an event we can attend to talk about our free competition.
Other Ways to Participate by Donating
Donations 
You can donate ANYTIME at  Rocky Mountain BEST at ColoradoGives.org
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!
Kroger Gift Card
If you have a Rocky Mountain BEST King Soopers/City Market Gift Card, Kroger donates 5% of EVERY gift card purchase at any Kroger Store -- including card refills -- to Rocky Mountain BEST... all at no cost to you -- FOREVER! In 2017, we received over $3800 thanks to all the card users.  Contact Lois at lwalton@rmbest.org   to make arrangements to purchase a card and help increase the value we received. 
Amazon Smile
Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Rocky Mountain BEST whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.
AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.
Wondering what to do with your used car or truck? 
Donating your old vehicle to ROCKY MOUNTAIN BEST is convenient, easy, and may qualify you for a tax deduction. And best of all, your donation of a used car or truck will make a big difference in supporting ROCKY MOUNTAIN BEST.
Why not donate your vehicle today? All you need to do is to complete our SIMPLE ON LINE FORM or call 1-866-628-2277 and we'll take care of the rest. We will pick up your vehicle, arrange to have your donation towed, and provide you with a tax-deductible receipt, all at no charge to you. 
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Build a robot in six weeks;
inspire a youth for a lifetime