Welcome to Robofest

Robofest is Lawrence Technological University’s international autonomous robotics program for students in grades 4 through 12.  Student teams design, construct, and program their robots to act independently and compete for trophies in a variety of competitions.


Starting a Robofest Team is easy!

Step 1:

Gather friends from your school, neighborhood, after school clubs, church, or homeschool to form your team.

Step 2:

Choose a coach – any adult (parent, teacher, or friend) who would like to coordinate team meetings, competition registration, etc.  The coach does not need to be technologically knowledgeable and can support more than one team.  A technical mentor is suggested, if available, and can be a parent, a volunteer from a local company, a teacher, a high school or college student, or anyone interested in learning robot design or programming.

Step 3:

Choose your competition.  Learn more about each competition at www.robofest.net. Base your selection on your skill level, amount of time required, competition date, and what sounds fun to you!

Step 4:

Review www.robofest.net for competition rules, supplies required and registration and competition dates. Register for your chosen competition. Acquire the robot hardware, software and a laptop. Possible sources are schools, fundraisers, grants, and donations.

Step 5:

Technical help on designing and programming robots is available at www.robofest.net. You can also attend Robofest workshops at Lawrence Tech or Webinars. The schedule is posted online.  If you have questions or need help getting started, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 248-204-3568.

Step 6:

Have fun creating and programming your robot!

Step 7:

Participate in your Robofest competition!  Feel the thrill of success. Learning to build and program a robot makes you a winner!


For New Coaches - Robofest Coach's Video for information to get started

US Age to Grade Level for International Teams  Comparison Chart 


Robofest Competition Categories for 2024

(to find the category-specific rules and other important infirmation,click on the category name to go to the page)

Game  Putting math skills to the test, teams compete to accomplish robotic missions using fully autonomous robots. Unknown factors will be revealed at competition.  Junior (grades 5 – 8) and Senior (grades 9 – 12); team size 1 – 5; Intermediate Advanced

Exhibition   In this creative competition, students have total freedom to show off any autonomous robotics project. Junior (grades 5 – 8) and Senior (grades 9 – 12); team size 1 – 5; Intermediate Advanced

RoboMed Intelligent and interactive (bio)medical  robotics/device projects. Junior (Grades 5 - 8 ) and Senior (grades 9 – 12); team size 1 – 5; Intermediate  Advanced

BottleSumo   Robots vie to intentionally push a bottle off the table or be the last robot remaining on the table. Partially unknown factors will be revealed at competition. Junior (grades 5 – 8);  Senior (grades 9 – 12); team size 1 – 3; Beginner

RoboParade  Elaborately decorated robotic floats autonomously parade along a route in this colorful, creative display.    Grades 4 – 8; team size 1 – 5; Beginner

RoboArts  Robots perform, dance, make music, or paint in this interactive kinetic art and sculpture competition. Junior (grades 5 - 12); Senior (grades 9 - 12) team size 1 - 5; Intermediate – Advanced

Unknown Mission Challenge (UMC)    The goal of this competition is to develop problem solving skills on the fly. Mission tasks will be totally unknown until the day of competition.  Junior (grades 5 - 8); Senior (grades 9 - 12); team size 1 – 4; Intermediate – Advanced

Vision Centric Challenge (Vcc)    Teams are to develop a vision-centric robot to maneuver through an obstacle course.  Any vision-based robot may be used. Partially unknown factors will be revealed at competition.  Senior (grades 9 – 12),  team size 1 – 3; Advanced

Camps   Throughout the school year and summer, Robofest offers a variety of one day and week-long camps, held on LTU’s campus.  All equipment needed is provided at the camps, including robots and laptops.  Typically, hands-on instruction is provided in the morning, and in the afternoon students participate in a competition. Grades 4 – 8; team size 1 – 3; Beginner

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