Volume 2019-05 / May 2019
Rocky Mountain BEST Volunteer Newsletter
Rocky Mountain BEST's 10th Year !
LOOKING BACK over the years ... 2010 Total Recall + 2011 Bugs!! Games
2010 BEST Gamefield
2010 TOTAL RECALL Educational Theme: Six Sigma Production Quality
Teams are tasked with performing product manufacturing operations on two production lines. The objective is to process and package as much “good” product as possible while striving for Six Sigma quality levels on each production line. Some products for each line will be identified as “defective” and will be “recalled”. The numbers of each type of defective product that enter the production stream are tracked and used to compute a defect ratio which is used to establish the process “sigma” level. The sigma level for each production line becomes a multiplier to the point value of the good parts that are produced on that product line.
20101BEST Gamefield
2011 BUGS!! Educational Theme: Genetic Engineering
Teams are tasked with recovering valuable genetically altered bugs that have escaped from a laboratory. The bugs (flies, cockroaches and termites) have primarily congregated near a shed in the center of the field and should be taken to containment areas located near the perimeter of the field. The containment areas have been partially blocked by various construction materials which make it difficult to reach the containment area. The robots must overcome these obstacles to complete the task.
2019 OFF THE GRID Game - SCHEDULE

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

PLEASE SAVE THE DATES.

GAME FIELD ACTIVITIES

Cut Day
  • Friday,19 July (tentative) Southeast Denver. No experience needed, help cut sheets and boards and other materials for the game fields. Power tool skills are helpful, but we also need help organizing the pieces into kits for different builders - stay 1 hour or up to ~8 hours
Game Field Components Build -
  • Mid-July - early September No experience needed. Builders needed to build one or more field pieces. We match the game field piece to each builder’s space, tools, and abilities.
Email me at Linda.King@bestinc.org to get more information on these volunteer activities.

TEAM SUMMER TRAINING

Teacher / Mentor Institute
  • Tuesday - Thursday 16-18 July @ Seventh Street Classroom Building MSU Denver
Electronics Workshop (IR Sensor) -
  • TBA - August @ Seventh Street Classroom Building MSU Denver
OFF THE GRID FALL COMPETITION

Kickoff Event
  • Saturday 14 September
  • STRIVE Prep - RISE 18250 E 51st Ave, Denver, CO 
Practice Day Event
  • Saturday 19 October
  • STRIVE Prep - RISE 18250 E 51st Ave, Denver, CO 
Game Day Event
  • Saturday 26 October 
  • Auraria Event Center Downtown Denver

DENVER BEST Regional Championship 
  • Currently discussing approach for Saturday/Sunday 7/8 December
  • Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center @ 15500 E 40th Ave, Denver
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 latest 4 postings!

CHANGE 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 (NOT "Rocky Mountain Robotics") / 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
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. (NOT "Rocky Mountain Robotics")
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.
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!