Volume 2018-11 November 2018
Rocky Mountain BEST Volunteer Newsletter
We NEED YOU! to help make the December competition another success.

2018 Game Day Gamefield
Join in the Fun with Regional Championship Volunteer Opportunities
We need your help!
We have MANY open positions!

28 November - 3 December Activity:
  • Engineering Notebook Judging with ability to judge on-line from your home

Friday, 7 December Activities:
  • Moving & Facility Setup

Saturday, 8 December Activities:
  • BEST Award Team Judging,
  • Robot Compliance Check,
  • Team Practice,
  • Team Photographs,
  • Register teams,
  • Register & feed volunteers

Sunday, 9 December Activities:
  • Robot Competition on 2 parallel game fields
  • Award Judging,
  • Register teams,
  • Register and feed volunteers
  • Facility Tear Down and Move

Have questions or need help, please reply to this email. linda.king@bestinc.org
Check out the Event Volunteer web page for Volunteer training materials.
2018 Game Day Audience
2018 CURRENT EVENTS game video animation - 3.5 minutes
In the spirit of the 2018 Current Events game to cleanup plastic, we're encouraging everyone to bring a refillable water bottle with your name on it so we can avoid giving out or using plastic bottles!
2018 Game Day Students
2018 Championship Dakota Logos

We are thrilled to be hosting 31 winning teams at our 8 & 9 December Regional Championship.

Each of these teams were the top performing teams at their Hub Game Day Competition and advanced to the 2nd Annual Denver BEST Robotics Regional Championship event at Auraria Event Center.

Here are the 6 BEST Robotics Hubs participating at the Regional Championship:

  1. JACKRABBIT BEST South Dakota State University, Brookings South Dakota
  2. BISON BEST North Dakota State University, Fargo North Dakota
  3. ROCKY MOUNTAIN BEST Littleton Colorado
  4. FRONT RANGE BEST Highlands Ranch Colorado
  5. SOCO BEST@TrinidadState Trinidad State Junior College Trinidad Colorado
  6. GOLDEN PLAINS BEST Julesburg Colorado
PLEASE Support Rocky Mountain BEST on Colorado Gives Day!
Colorado’s largest day of giving, Colorado Gives Day, is taking place on Tuesday, 4 December 2018. Schedule your donation NOW!

On this day, thousands of people come together to support Colorado nonprofits like ours.

When you donate to Rocky Mountain BEST, you’re helping us bring free robotics competition to Middle and High School students.

BEST Robotics is the only STEM program to bring free robotics competition to inspire students to pursue careers in engineering, science, technology, and mathematics through robotics design.

Please help us reach our goal of $10,000. Thanks to the $1 Million Incentive Fund from Community First Foundation and FirstBank, your donation goes further on Colorado Gives Day.
To donate to us on Colorado Gives Day, go to our Colorado Gives RM BEST Page. AND you can schedule your donation NOW!
" There is a real need to get hands-on activities back in schools "
Colorado Science Conference Keynote Speaker, Dr. Temple Grandin.
We and Front Range BEST were exhibitors on 9 November at the annual Colorado Science Conference. The one-day conference provides professional development regarding science content, education strategy, and research for anyone interested in science education, including K-12 teachers, college instructors, informal educators, administrators, pre-service teachers, and retired teachers. 

We met with teachers who participate in BEST and are ardent supporters. We also met new teachers and encouraged them to join the FREE robotics competition. We described how BEST gives students an opportunity to problem solve, design, program, develop team building and communication skills—and use more work place skills.

Dr. Grandin stopped by the booth and inspected our Outreach Robot with its basic building materials. She also listened to how BEST provides different opportunities for students to learn and work within a team. She commented on how our program reflects the real world since different people have different strengths.

Supporting the BEST booth were: Tami Kirkland, Judith Schlesinger, Lois Walton and Lori Lazuk.
“The world needs all kind of minds.” – Dr. Temple Grandin
2018 Denver BEST Robotics Regional Championship Sponsors
We’re excited to have these Sponsors for the 2018 Regional Championship 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!  Contact Lois at lois.walton@bestinc.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.
Amazon Smile 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 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
We NEED YOU to make it possible!