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TMI Workshop:
Tuesday 16 July 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM and continuing thru Thursday 18 July 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM


Metropolitan State University of Denver 
1250 7th Street – Seventh Street Classroom
Auraria Campus - Aviation & Aerospace Science Department
Parking instructions to be provided
Denver, CO 80204

Driving Directions 


Linda King 
303-829-4511 (text) 

2019 Denver BEST Robotics Teacher / Mentor Institute (TMI) Workshop 

Pre Class Reading and Exercises NLT Sunday 30 June through Friday 12 July on-line (approximately 10 hours effort) +
3- Day Hands-on Sessions Tuesday - Thursday 16-18 July, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM 

Teacher / Mentor Institute (TMI) is a FREE teducational workshop for teachers and mentors who plan to support competing BEST Hub student teams. 

Click on blue Register Now! button to register by 9 July. Due to space limitations, we may need to limit the number of attendees.

NEW for Teachers in 2019

  We are approved to offer 3 CEUs to qualifying teachers. The CEU document fee is $20 for 2019. Click link for CEU instructions to apply to receive credit and pay the $20 fee.

 30 Day training at Metropolitan State University of Denver, Aviation and Aerospace Science Department - Seventh Street Classroom

Please forward this invitation to your mentors and teachers! 

Additional details below including a detailed map.

2018 TMI Teachers and Robots

The TMI WORKSHOP uses both Pre-Class reading and exercises for background material and 3-Day Hands-On sessions to build and compete with a mini robot built by participant teams to prepare you for this year's competition.  The workshop is designed to be a shortened version of the 6-week student BEST seasonParticipants use BEST returnable robot kit electronics and mini robot consumable kits to build their robot and use provided easyC software to program the control of the robot. 

We expect to provide an email with instructions to obtain and load an easyC software license prior to the workshop.  

Pre-Class Work:

We will provide a link to the pre-class instructions and material prior to 30 July.  The online website reading and viewing material includes the following topics:  

  1. TMI Workshop Introduction
  2. BEST Robotics Competition Introduction
  3. Engineering and Engineering Design Process Introduction
  4. Software Introduction - including easyC programming
  5. VEX Robotics Introduction
  6. TMI Workshop Robot Competition Rules
  7. BEST Engineering Notebook Introduction

    We are offering an optional 60 minute presentation of the easyC programming charts for those with questions and needing additional help.  Please contact Linda King at for more information.

    3-Day Hands-On Sessions:

    Hands-on sessions focus on using the Engineering Design Process to design, fabricate, program and test, and improve their mini-robot. Participants learn about the awards and judging process with peer review of mini-engineering notebook. Closing out the workshop are additional BEST season details and panel discussions with experienced BEST teachers, mentors, and students.  Click link for detailed DRAFT agenda - minor changes may occur.

    Morning snack and lunch will be provided.  Hands-on Session attendees are asked to bring - if available - a windows laptop and basic tools (e.g., electric drill, screwdrivers, wrenches, small saw, scissors, and tin snips).   We will share laptops and tools for those not able to bring the equipement.d laptops  

    Parking directions to be provided in a separate email 

    8:30 AM               START OF DAY 3 - Quick review

    8:45 AM               Judge Notebook

    9:15 AM               Mini Competition including Compliance, Judging and Staging

    10:15 AM             Submit Most Robust & Sportsmanship Scoresheets

    11:00 AM             Awards Ceremony

    11:15 AM             BEST Competition Rules

    11:30 AM             BEST Robotics Competition

    11:45 AM             Safety Training Examples

    12:15 PM             Forming a Team (Experienced Participant Panels)

    1:15 PM                Advanced Engineering Design Process

    1:45 PM                BEST Competition Awards

    2:00 PM                BEST Award

    2:30 PM                Advanced Tools

    3:30 PM                Wrap Up

    4:00 PM                END of DAY 3