Volume 2019-03 / April 2019
Rocky Mountain BEST Volunteer Newsletter
Rocky Mountain BEST's 10th Year !
We will be finalizing our fall event schedule and more information about the 2019 OFF THE GRID Competition in the next few months.

2019 OFF THE GRID Game

We will be bringing the OFF THE GRID game created by BEST Robotics Inc. and Texas Instruments to Colorado schools this fall.

  • Volunteers participated last weekend at the Dallas Prototype Game Weekend. With the game details a secret until Kickoff, we can only share a photo of the Colorado Hub volunteers attending the event.
  • The event was held at Texas Instruments corporate headquarters. TI is sponsoring the game and the new Robot IR Sensor kits for a new optional robot autonomous mode capability.
  • Checkout the huge sun dial in front of the Texas Instruments Headquarters.
  • We are starting activities to build this year's game field, assemble team robot kits, train teachers, and prepare for the fall competition events.
  • Look in future newsletters for information on summer volunteer opportunities including the 16-18 July teacher training and fall competition events.

Please pencil in these dates on your calendar...

TENTATIVE Dates / Venues
OFF THE GRID FALL COMPETITION
  • Kickoff - 14 September @ TBA
  • Practice Day - 19 October @ TBA
  • Game Day - 26 October @ TBA
  • DENVER BEST Regional Championship TBA

 STRIVE Prep - RISE has generously offered to investigate using their school for our Kickoff & Practice Day events. More to come!
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BOOSTING BEST Fundraiser - THANKS!!
Our sincere thanks for our many auction item donors, our great fundraiser attendees,and all our amazing volunteers. With your help and generous donors and a kind anonymous match, Rocky Mountain BEST raised over $16,000 for the 2019 season!!

SPECIAL THANKS
  • Mark Hopwood, BAC Appliance Center, for donating time at their beautiful facility,
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  • Brian Huang and the STRIVE Prep- Excel BEST team and Nikki Baird and the STEM School Highlands Ranch BEST team for showing off their 2018 competition accomplishments.
  • Elaine Torres, Community Affairs Director at CBS4, KCNC-TV, for introducing us to the CBS4 Future STEM Leaders Program as our Guest Speaker.
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  • Kayla Grote Market Development Manager – iRobot from CreativeChannelServices in Los Angeles for demonstrating the iRobot generous donation of 2-Roomba® i7 vacuums.
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We have several auction items that did not find a home at our fundraiser. See the list below.

If you are interested in purchasing any of these, please contact  lois.walton@bestinc.org

  1. Thirty-One Cross Town Wallet - sea stripe
  2. Use of Nueva Vajarta Condo for a week
  3. Tourmaline Stone Infrared Foot Sauna 
  4. Set of 3 Sustainable Beeswax Food Bags 
  5. Framed, signed Print "Notturno" by Antonio Greco 
  6. Trio of Wine and Liquor related items - Travel Barware Set,
  7. Chilling Stones, Wine bottle set 
  8. Waterford Crystal Vase - 1998 Mother's Day Vase with Flowers, 4th Edition 
  9. Set of 4 Crystal Glasses - Westhampton Double Old Fashion Crystal Glasses, by Waterford 
  10. LOST The Complete Collection of DVDs 
  11. Legos: Lego Architecture: The White House 
  12. Aspen / Alder Wood Disk Wreath 14" 
  13. Art Glass - Floral Bowl 
  14. GT Xpress 101 - Meal, Snack and Dessert Maker 
  15. Gold Filed Starfish Pin 
  16. Necklace & earrings of light green sea glass 
  17. Knit Set -- Gray Hat and Scarf 
  18. Fused Glass Art - Mountain Scene 
  19. 8" x 6" watercolor of spring flowers by Ivy Delon 
  20. 8" x 6" watercolor of blue flowers by Ivy Delon 
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2019 bESTology Postings Continuing thru Spring
bESTology is a resource for schools (teams) participating in the nationwide BEST Robotics Program to learn educational and workforce development concepts revolving around the 2019 game – OFF THE GRID! bESTology Link

Checkout the first 5 postings!

NEW King Soopers Community Rewards
Kroger in an effort to simplify their community giving, launched Community Rewards. You no longer need to reload gift cards to earn for Rocky Mountain BEST.

  • IF you have already enrolled in the Rewards program and have an email address and password, then Sign In with your username and password.
  • IF NOT, then you’ll need to Create an account with your email address, a new password, etc.
Once Signed In, check your information and search for BEST and select Rocky Mountain BEST or enter GJ308 as your Charity of Choice.. / Select Enroll

The reward is no longer 5% of your purchases.The payout is more than $2.5 million each quarter. We receive the percentage of spending when compared to all others enrolled.

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! Thank you for the $1350 donation in 2018.
King Soopers Loyalty Card - NEW
Use your King Soopers Loyalty Card or Kroger Plus Card account to assign Rocky Mountain BEST as your non-profit for us to receive quarterly Kroger Community Rewards. The payout is more than $2.5 million each quarter. Rocky Mtn BEST will receive the percentage of spending when compared to all others enrolled.
King Soopers Loyalty Card Community Rewards
Amazon Smile
Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Rocky Mountain BEST whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.
Amazon Smile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service.
Visit our Amazon Smile Sign In Page Thank you, your spending helped us raise a record $79 in the final quarter of 2018.
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 ONLINE 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. 
Build a robot in six weeks;
inspire a youth for a lifetime
THANK YOU for making it possible!