Volume 2018-09| September 2018
Rocky Mountain BEST Volunteer Newsletter
Our 2018 CURRENT EVENTS game competition Kickoff Event was held on 15 September at STRIVE Prep - RISE school. THANKS to all the volunteers that made it successful!

Checkout this year's challenging elevated game field in the photos below.
Hope you can volunteer to help us make our competition a success again this year!
Join in the Fun with Fall Event Volunteer Opportunities
 Saturday, 20 October    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

18250 E 51st Ave, Denver, CO 80249
Near the intersection of E 51st Ave / Tower Road near DIA

  1. Move volunteers Friday for 2 hours
  2. Setup volunteers Saturday for 2 hours
  3. Compliance Check Saturday for 2-3 hours*
  4. Team Registration Saturday for 2 hours
  5. Volunteer Registration Saturday for 2-4 hours
  6. Pit Monitor Saturday for 2-6 hours
  7. Staging Support Saturday for 3 hours*
  8. Referees Saturday for 6 hours*
  9. Cleanup and move Saturday for 2-3 hours
  10. Game Field Setter Crew for 5 hours
  11. Game Field Support Runners Saturday for 3 hours
  12. Hospitality Saturday for 6 hours 
  13. Marketing Presentation Judges Saturday for 8 hours*


Friday, 26 October 3 PM - 9 PM
Saturday, 27 October 7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Auraria Event Center
Downtown Denver

  1. Move and setup volunteers Friday for 2-6 hours
  2. Compliance Check Saturday for 3 hours*
  3. Team Registration Saturday for 2 hours
  4. Volunteer Registration Saturday for 2-5 hours
  5. Pit Monitor Saturday for 2-8 hours
  6. Staging Support Saturday for 8 hours*
  7. Referees Saturday for 8 hours*
  8. Cleanup and move Saturday for 2 hours
  9. Game Field Setter Saturday for 2-8 hours
  10. Score Runners Saturday for 3 hours
  11. Hospitality Saturday for 6 hours 
  12. Multiple Award Judges Saturday for 7 hours*

  • Positions in Red need volunteers who are able to cover both 20 AND 27 October.
  • Check out the Event Volunteer web page for Volunteer training materials
  • Positions with * require a several hours of advance training or reading. 
  • All positions receive directions the day of the event.
2018 CURRENT EVENTS game video animation - 3.5 minutes
2018 Kickoff

Check out the Event Volunteer web page for Volunteer training materials.

Don't miss out on the fun. Just reply to this email if you have any questions!

In the spirit of the 2018 Current Events game to cleanup plastic, we're encouraging everyone to bring a refillable water bottle so we can avoid giving out or using plastic bottles! We plan to have a container of water with ice in the hall to refill bottles.
2018 Competition School Teams
28 Registered Middle and High Schools
  1. Abraham Lincoln High School
  2. Aurora Frontier P-8
  3. Aurora Quest
  4. Bishop Machebeuf High School
  5. Broomfield High School
  6. Columbine Middle School
  7. Denver School of Innovation and Sustainable Design
  8. DSST: Byers
  9. DSST: Cole High School
  10. DSST: Stapleton High School
  11. East Middle School
  12. Gateway High School
  13. Heath Middle School
  14. John F. Kennedy High School
  15. Monarch High School
  16. Montrose High School NJROTC *
  17. Mrachek Middle School
  18. New Vista High School
  19. North Middle School
  20. Sacred Heart of Jesus School *
  21. Skyline High School
  22. St Mary’s Academy Middle School
  23. STRIVE Prep – RISE
  24. STRIVE Prep – Excel *
  25. Thomas Jefferson High School
  26. Westgate Community School
  27. Westminster High School *
  28. DSST: College View High School*
OUR THANKS to MSU Denver AND Denver Public Schools (DPS) Charter School STRIVE Prep - RISE for the use of their facilities in 2018.

2018 Schedule
  • Kickoff: 15 September at DPS School STRIVE Prep - RISE near Tower Road and 51st Avenue
  • Practice Day: 20 October at DPS School STRIVE Prep - RISE near Tower Road and 51st Avenue
  • Game Day: 27 October at MSU Denver Auraria Event Center
  • Regional Championship: 8-9 December at MSU Denver Auraria Event Center
Exciting News about Regional Championship Partners
We’re excited to have these Educational Partners for our Regional Championship:
  1. Community College of Denver,
  2. Red Rocks Community College,
  3. Metropolitan State University of Denver,
  4. Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering at Colorado State University,
  5. Western State Colorado University
  6. NEW College of Engineering and Applied Science at University of Wyoming
These partners will have booths and will receive other benefits at the Regional Championship in recognition of their financial support. You can stay up to date with sponsors at  http://www.rockymountainbest.org/2018-regional-championship-sponsors/
Reaching Out - Energy Day Colorado Festival!
On Saturday 22 September, Rocky Mountain BEST had a booth at Colorado Energy Day. We all felt the energy surrounding us on the Esplanade at East High School in Denver. FIRST had teams competing in rounds to display their robots. Joel Noble of East HS was a key organizer of the FIRST competition as well as key in getting BEST to participate in Energy Day! 

Our Illuminati robot from the 2015 Pay Dirt game (dealing with mining and economics) was driven by young and old alike. The robot continues to amaze people that it was built by a middle school team - DSST Byers. Illuminati was also taken for a walk down the Esplanade to visit the other booths held by energy/STEM-related companies and educational institutions. Many of our Regional Education Sponsors were in attendance. Check out our website to see all of our current generous sponsors! We hope to continue conversations with all the people we met at the event.

CBS4 did a great job covering the event and promoting the importance of STEM education and profiling Colorado STEM students. In fact, from 27 August 27, 2018, through 20 April 2019, one student each month will be selected as a Future Leader in a STEM-based career which includes a $1,000 award and a televised interview. Since we have many qualified Colorado high school students in BEST doing amazing things, check out the website www.CBSDenver.com/FutureLeaders to nominate a student you know!!

Special thanks go to our BEST volunteers who made the day: Jose Lopez, Jay Helmreich, Hannah Rafle, Lois Walton, and Lori Lazuk.  
Other Ways to Participate by Donating
You can donate ANYTIME at  Rocky Mountain BEST at ColoradoGives.org
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
Don't miss out making it possible!