R o b o f e s t��� eNewsletter, 1-27-07



(1)Robofest Announces 2007 Sponsors

(2)Qualifying Competition Site Updates & Registration

(3)Programming Workshop Schedule

(4) Warm-up Competition at LTU

(5)LEGO Engineering Conference February 10, Carlsbad, CA

(6)Robofest Seeks Your Help in Reaching More Students



(1) Robofest Announces 2007 Sponsors


Robofest is pleased to announce its sponsors for the 2007 Season.Without sponsorship support, Robofest would not be possible.Attached are our Robofest sponsors as of 1/26/07, please visit them at their websites:



IEEE Southeastern Michigan Section (SEM)-- www.ieee-sem.org

and IEEE Region 4 -- www.ewh.ieee.org/reg/4/index.php

RidgeSoft, LLC --�� www.ridgesoft.com

StoutWare Engineering --www.stoutware.com



ABB --�� www.abb.com/robotics


HanulKid Company�� --www.skyschool.net/english/company/company01.htm


Hitec Robotics--www.hitecrobotics.com

Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation -- www.mcwt.org/1.php



Detroit Chinese Engineers Association -- www.detroitengineer.org

LEGO Education -- www.legoeducation.com

RoadNarrows--�� www.roadnarrows.com

TBCI, P.C. Head Trauma Network -- www.headtrauma.net


Robofest still has many 2007 sponsorship Opportunities available.Robofest Bronze and Silver Sponsors will be highlighted in upcoming newsletter issues.We are currently looking for a 2007 Robofest T-Shirt sponsor.If you are interested in being our 2007 T-Shirt sponsor, please contact Lori Birman at [email protected].


Robofest has a Friends of Robofest donor category and accepts individual donations via credit card at the following link:https://www.applyweb.com/public/register?ltualum


Anyone interested in other sponsorship levels should contact [email protected].


(2)�� Qualifying Competition Site Updates


Please note the following changes and additions to previously announced qualifying competitions:


         Robofest has added a March 24th Robofest Livingston County RoboSumo Competition at Charyl Stockwell Academy in Howell, Michigan.This RoboSumo competition is being organized by Kensington Woods High School, Howell, Michigan.RoboSumo rules can be found at the following link and also on the Robofest web site:http://techclubs.org/activities/robots/contests/sumo_rules_small_big.php

         The Saturday, March 31 Competition at Macomb Intermediate School District (MISD), in Clinton Township, Michigan has been changed to Friday, March 30, 5:30 � 9:30 p.m.The MISD site will host both Junior and Senior Game & Exhibition Teams

         The Ann Arbor Trail Magnet School Competition on April 21 in Ann Arbor, Michigan will host both Junior Game and Junior Exhibition.(RoboSumo has been dropped from this location.)


Registration for each qualifying competition site is on a first come first serve basis.Please note that some competition locations are already at capacity.If you have not yet registered your team for a competition location, you should do so as soon as possible.


(3)Programming Workshop Schedule


Robofest continues to offer free Programming Workshops for teams in close proximity to LTU.The workshop schedule can be found on the Robofest website at www.robofest.net�� Click on the link entitled 2007 Schedule or directly at http://www.robofest.net/2007/sch07.htm . If your team is registered, then you do not need to register for these workshops.Students, Parents, and Teachers of the registered teams are invited to attend.Attendees should bring their robots, sensors, laptops, extra parts.


LeJos Java workshop on Feb 3 uses RCX brick, not NXT. Participants expected to install necessary software on their laptops before attending the workshop. Please go to http://ltu164.ltu.edu/~chung/eclipse/index.htm for instructions.


All workshops, except the Feb. 10th NQC workshop, will be held at LTU in the Management Building.(The Feb. 10th NQC workshop which will be held in the Science Building.)Please view the posted schedule for exact room location.


Directions to LTU:http://www.ltu.edu/futurestudents/directions.asp

LTU Campus Map:http://www.ltu.edu/futurestudents/campus_map.asp


(The Buell Building is #4 on the map, Science Building is #6.)



(4)Warm-up Competition at LTU


Please note that the Warm-Up Competition is scheduled for Saturday, March 10th from 9:00 a.m. � 1:00 p.m. in the cafeteria at LTU.The Warm-Up Competition is an excellent opportunity for new teams to see how a Qualifying competition runs. This is also an opportunity for new & returning site hosts, judges, etc.New teams interested in participating in this warm-up/practice competition should contact Lori Birman at [email protected].�� Additional information about the March Warm-Up will be available shortly.Warm-up competition is only for Exhibitions and Games.


(5)LEGO Engineering Conference February 10,
Carlsbad, CA


The Tufts Engineering Center for Engineering Educational Outreach and LEGOLAND California cordially invite you to attend a LEGO Engineering Conference in Carlsbad, California.The Conference will be a hands-on robotics workshop with the LEGO NXT on Sat., Feb. 10, 2007. Instructors are Robert Rasmussen of Tufts University and Dr. Ken Berry of California State University Northridge. The registration fee is $50. Participants will work with the NXT software and pre-built robot chassis, focusing on learning the programming.Registration is on a first come first serve basis.To Register, call 1-760-918-KIDS.Questions:e-mail [email protected]



(6) Robofest Seeks Your Help in Reaching More Students


Robofest is always looking for creative ways to promote participation in competition.If you are a member of a Robotics on-line community, list serve, or other group who might be interested in being a part of Robofest, please forward them information about the Robofest 2007 Season, or forward them the Robofest web site address, www.robofest.net��� Robofest is also willing to send out electronic and hard copies of promotional flyers if you would like to forward mail lists to [email protected]Thank you for your continued support!!




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