Volume 2019-01 January 2019
Rocky Mountain BEST Volunteer Newsletter
We are excited to announce the
10th Year of Rocky Mountain BEST!
Thanks to ALL our volunteers for making it possible!
We are looking forward to seeing you again in 2019!

BOOSTING BEST Fundraiser - Sunday 7 April, 5:00 - 8:30 PM
You are invited to share with us the passion of introducing students to pursuits related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Your participation helps us bring our yearly robotics competition to over 600 middle and high school students - at no cost to the schools.   

Boosting BEST will be another fun fundraising evening with dinner (5:00 - 6:00 PM), dessert (6:00 - 6:30 PM), a SILENT AUCTION (5:00 - 6:30 PM) and wine tasting (5:00 - 7:30 PM).  We will end the evening with Silent Auction Checkout (7:30 - 8:30 PM). 

We are excited and grateful to have Elaine Torres, Community Affairs Director at CBS4, KCNC-TV, as our Guest Speaker as part of our program from 6:30 - 7:30 PM. Ms. Torres will discuss the CBS4 FUTURE LEADERS program presented by Colorado School of Mines and PDC Energy.

This program recognizes Colorado high school students who are excelling in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). Each month beginning August 27, 2018 - April 20, 2019, one student is selected to receive this special recognition award that will include a $1,000 award along with a student profile on CBS4.  
Aurora Public Schools Career Trek Outreach
The 4 th Annual Career Trek, hosted by Aurora Public Schools (APS), is coming up on 26-27 February 2019 at the APS Professional Learning & Conference Center.

Students will have an opportunity to interact with metro area companies and learn about new careers. This experience is a valuable tool to help students develop a plan for their future before entering high school and provides students an opportunity to develop important professional skills that they will be using in just a few years.

RM BEST will attend on February 26 to encourage students to study STEM-related topics and to show them that many opportunities exist in robotics and STEM!
Students who exhibit professionalism in their interactions with exhibitors will be given Tickets of Professionalism. The tickets may win a school a party or recognition across the district. Of course, BEST will distribute SWAG to students who exhibit professional behavior in their questions and exchanges with the BEST team. 

Please reply to this email if you are interested in volunteering on 26 February.
Check out the 2019 OFF THE GRID Game Teaser Video

We are excited to bring the OFF THE GRID game created by BEST Robotics Inc. and Texas Instruments to Colorado schools this fall .

Volunteers will be evaluating the game with the February Prototype Kickoff and at the April Dallas Prototype Game Weekend. These activities provide the direction to build this year's game field, finalize team robot kits, and prepare for the fall competition event.

Look for more information in the next few months on how you can help inspire hundreds of students to purse STEM careers.
Other Ways to Participate by Donating
You can donate ANYTIME at  Rocky Mountain BEST at ColoradoGives.org. Thank you for donating $2250 during the year and $9000 during Colorado Gives Day.
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.
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!  Contact Lois at lois.walton@bestinc.org   to make arrangements to purchase a card and help increase the value we received. Thank you for helping us raise $1450
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 $130 in 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!