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Unknown Mission Challenge

Mission tasks will be totally unknown until the day of competition. The goal of this challenge is to provide an opportunity to develop problem solving skills on the fly without any help from adult coaches.

  • Jr. Division: Grades 5~8
  • Sr. Division: Grades 9~12


2024 Official UMC Rules 

UMC Rules: (pdf) Version 2.0 - Final Version, released 1/13/24


UMC will be hosted during the Robofest World Championship on May 9. 

Winners of the Sr. UMC Division the World Championship will receive an LTU Scholarship certificate.

Rules for starting teams, registration and 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 event if not completed online.


2024 Technical Committee for Challenge Design, Rules, and Judging:

Member: Bio:
Elmer Santos  Robofest Director, LTU Adjunct Professor of Computer Science
Daniel Oliver 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.
Destiny Anyaiwe Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at LTU. Received Ph.D. in Computer Science from Oakland University in 2017 and has an ABD in Applied Mathematics. Robofest Judge and Workshop instructor since 2017
Scott Eisele Earned a Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and Master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University, both in the field of Industrial Arts Education. Taught in several school districts in Michigan, retiring in 2020 from the East China School District after 40 years of teaching. Started the first and only robotics team in St. Clair County in 2002 and participated in the FIRST Lego League and Robofest at the middle and high school levels. 
Curtis Sharif Sr. Project Engineer, Safety & Restraints Engineering- Nissan
CJ Chung Professor of Computer Science. Founder of Robofest. Director of Robofest 1999-2020. Director of LTU's CAR (CS AI Robotics) Lab. Launched UMC category in 2014. Designed rules 2014 and 2015

 (*) Committee Chair

Prior Years UMC

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