Teams of up to 5 students create a an autonomous robotic "parade float" to follow other floats on a parade route.
2024 Official RoboParade Rules and Related Documents
RoboParade Rules: (pdf) Version 3.0 - Updated Final Version, released 2/16/24
Judging Rubric: (pdf) Updated Final Version, released 2/15/24
Test Parade Checklist (pdf) Updated Final Version, released 2/15/24
RoboParade will be hosted during the Robofest World Championship on May 9-11 (exact date TBD). Pre-registration is open.
To Register Your Team, go to
Rules for starting teams, registration, team responsibilities at competitions can be found in the General Rules on the 2024 Main Page.
Each team member must bring the signed Robofest Consent and Release Form on the day of the competition if not completed online.
2024 Technical Committee for Rules and Judging:
|Pam Sparks (*)
|Robofest staff member and coach since 2016. Holds BA in Biology and M.A.T from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
|Math Teacher at Hazel Park HS, Coached Square One Robotics, Sea Perch with the US Navy and numerous student trips to the Amazon Rainforest in Peru. BS in Mathematics and Psychology from Western Michigan University. Master’s of Arts in Media and Technology. Robofest Judge since 2023.
|Daniel Oliver is an Application Engineer at ZF working on Advanced Driver Assist Systems in Commercial Vehicles. He does calibration and verification of camera and radar systems such as Automatic Emergency Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lane Centering Assist. He has a B.S. in Robotics Engineering from Lawrence Tech and is a former Robofest Student Assistant.
|Katie earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and her B.A. in Child Psychology from the University of Michigan. She worked for 15 years at Lionel Trains as a manufacturing engineer, design engineer and then as an Engineering Program Manager. Katie has been actively involved in coaching teams and/or coordinating competitions for FLL, Robofest, Science Olympiad, WRO, and Vex robotics for the past 9 years and has traveled internationally to Russia (2014), Qatar (2015), and India (2016) with her son’s WRO World Championship qualifying teams. Katie is currently the Robotics Program Manager for Cranbrook Schools in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
|Jennifer Minaudo is a Biology and Anatomy and Physiology Instructor at University Preparatory Science & Math High School in Detroit, Michigan. She earned her B.S. in the Biological Sciences and a minor in Italian Language from Oakland University. She was nominated by her peers for the State of Michigan’s Outstanding Biology Teacher Award 2023awarded by The National Association of Biology Teachers.
|Professor of Computer Science. Founder of Robofest. Director of Robofest 1999-2020. Director of LTU's CAR (CS AI Robotics) Lab. Launched Thanksgiving RoboParade in 2006.
(*) Committee Chair