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(1) Additional Robofest Contest Site for 2006

(2) New! VEX Pentathlon added to Robofest

(3) Team Registration Update

(4) Robofest 2006 Workshop Schedule

(5) Detroit Student Looking to Join Robofest Team

(6) Robofest to Recognize 5 Year Coaches

(7) New Robofest Sponsor RIIS

(8) New Robofest Sponsor, TBCI, P.C.




(1) Additional Robofest Contest Site for 2006


Robofest has confirmed the following new sites as 2006 Contest Site:


Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School, Saint Louis, Missouri, April 29

Senior Division Game and Exhibition


(2) New! VEX Pentathlon Competition Added to Robofest


Robofest has just added a VEX Pentathlon Competition for 2006 for teams who are using VEX.The VEX Pentathlon Competition will have two different dates, a practice/qualifying date (April 29) in Michigan, and a competition date (May 13).The VEX Pentathlon will feature 5 events that VEX Team robots can participate in.�� The draft VEX Pentathlon events are Skeeball, Race Track, Tug of War, Long Jump, and Bottle Bowling.During the April 29 practice/qualifying round, Teams may enter as many robots as they would like in one Pentathlon event, or all Pentathlon events.�� All robots must be made from VEX parts only.


Teams must register for the VEX Pentathlon practice/qualifying site.The practice/qualifying site will take place on April 29, 9:00 a.m. � 12:30 p.m., at Cranbrook Kingswood Middle School, in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.All Teams who participate on April 29 will practice/qualifying round will be eligible to participate in the VEX Pentathlon Competition on May 13, 2006, at LTU, during the World Robofest 2006 Championships.Teams can register only one robot in each of the 5 Pentathlon events for the May 13 VEX Pentathlon Competition.


The VEX Pentathlon Practice/Qualifying Round and VEX Pentathlon Competition is being hosted and organized by the Cranbrook Kingswood Robotics Team.


Exact VEX Pentathlon Competition & Event details and Rules will be finalized and announced in early February.Stay tuned to the Robofest website for additional details.Registration is now available on the web for a limited number of teams.Registration will be on a first come first serve basis.Registration is $35.00 per team, and will cover both dates and all Pentathlon Events.



(3) Team Registration Update


Competition space at various sites is filing up quickly.If you have not already registered your team(s) for a Robofest Competition Site, please do so as soon as possible.You can register on the Robofest website, www.robofest.net.Returning coaches should use their old coach ID and password to register teams.New Coaches will need to register as a Coach before registering a team.Your Coach registration will be confirmed via an e-mail to your account.If you do not receive verification of your registration, contact [email protected].



(4) Robofest 2006 Workshop Schedule


The Robofest 2006 Programming Workshop Schedule has been posted on the Robofest website.You will find the schedule on the main page, www.robofest.net, entitled 2006 Schedule.These Programming Workshops are offered only to registered Robofest Teams.Students, Parents, and Teachers are invited to attend these Workshops.Attendees (Teams) should bring the following:

- Laptop

- IR tower

- A drivable robot (slow RoverBot or TankBot recommended)

- One light sensor and one touch sensor


This Saturday, January 28, there will be another RCX code programming workshop for registered teams. This workshop contents is same as that of Jan 14th workshop.Please RSVP to [email protected]


The Workshop will be held in the Science Building S321 at Lawrence Tech in Southfield, 9:00 a.m. � 12:00 p.m.You can find a Map to get to LTU at the following link:http://www.ltu.edu/contacts/directions.asp

Link to LTU Campus map (No. 6 is the Science Building): http://www.ltu.edu/contacts/campusmap.asp

Park in LOT D, S-321 is located on the third floor of the Science Building.


Workshop materials (PDF, PPT, and program files) are available to all registered 2006 coaches.



(5)Detroit Student Looking to Join Robofest Team


We have an East side Detroit, Michigan, 13 year old male student who is looking to join a Robofest Team.If you have a team that can accommodate a student with some robotics experience, please contact Lori Birman ([email protected]).Thank you for helping us to place this student!


(6) Robofest to Recognize 5 Year Coaches


Robofest was started in 2000 and is now in its 7th year.We want to recognize the Coaches who have been with us for five years or more.If you have participated in Robofest for five or more years, including this year, please send us an e-mail.We plan to present Mentorship Awards on May 13, during the World Robofest Championships at LTU.Please send your e-mail to [email protected]���� Thanks to all of our Robofest Coaches for your hard work and dedication to your students!



(7) New Robofest Sponsor RIIS


Robofest is pleased to announce Bronze Sponsor, RIIS.Based in Royal Oak, Michigan,RIIS LLC has been providing expert telecommunications software development for local ILECs in the Detroit Metro area for the past 5 years. RIIS LLC also provides Rational Software consultancy as well as many other IT services to a variety of companies in Michigan and Ohio.Visit www.riis.com for more information.


(8) New Robofest Sponsor, TBCI, P.C.


Robofest is pleased to announce Bronze Sponsor, TBCI, P.C. (Traumatic Brain and Catastrophic Injury).TBCI, P.C. is dedicated to assisting those who have experienced psychological, cognitive, emotional and behavioral impairments from catastrophic accidents. We provide Neuro-Psychiatric Day Treatment Program and Psychological and Physical Rehabilitation Facility that has provided Cognitive, Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy for Traumatic Brain Injury, Catastrophic Injury, and Chronic Pain Patients. An after school program for children and adolescents for the head injured is available.


For more information, please TBCI�s website at www.headtrauma.net or contact Julie Stork

Email: [email protected] ������Ph. (248) 526-0110 �����Fax. (248) 680-9138



Robofest has 2006 Sponsorship Opportunities at several levels, including individual donor opportunities, entitled �Friends of Robofest.�The 2006 Sponsorship Opportunities Program can be viewed at the following link:




Attached is a link for Friends of Robofest individual donors to make a gift to Robofest via credit card (MasterCard, Visa, or Discover) or electronic check.You may make an on-line gift to Robofest by visiting the following link:




When using the on-line giving form, you must specify Robofest as the gift recipient and also specify your gift amount.The on-line pledge form is encrypted with Secure Socket Layer technology to guarantee transaction security.


All Robofest donations are tax deductible contributions. Robofest Sponsorship is important in our effort to keep Robofest a low-cost affordable contest for everyone.We hope you will consider supporting Robofest in our sponsorship campaign.We appreciate your support.



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Lawrence Tech University�� Computer Science / Robofest World Headquarters

CJ Chung, Associate Professor, Robofest director

Lori Birman, Robofest Coordinator

21000 W. Ten Mile, SouthfieldMI 48075

[email protected] www.robofest.net

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