R o b o f e s t eNewsletter, 2-13-07



(1) Robofest 2007 Sponsorship Announcement & Highlights

(2) Qualifying Competition Site Updates & Registration

(3) Practice Warm-Up Competition March 10 at LTU

(4) Michigan Students Looking to Join Teams

(5) Congratulations to MCWTF Robofest Scholarship Winners

(6) Debut of the L2Bot for the Mini Urban Challenge, Feb. 17 and 24




(1) Robofest 2007 Sponsor Highlights


Robofest is pleased to announce a new Silver Sponsor for 2007:


Cybernet Systems Corporation, please visit them at www.cybernet.com


Without the support of our sponsors, Robofest would not be possible. You will find information and web links for all of our sponsors posted on the Robofest web site at www.robofest.net. In this issue and future eNewsletters, Robofest will be highlighting 2007 Silver and Bronze Sponsors. Here are our highlighted sponsors for this eNewsletter:




RidgeSoft, LLC -- RidgeSoft, LLC offers the IntelliBrain-Bot Java-programmable educational robot. An extensive list of tutorials, example programs and Java classes make the IntelliBrain-Bot educational robot an ideal learning tool for introductory through advanced computer science and engineering courses. Its design provides flexibility to meet the needs of beginning students while also allowing for open-ended investigation of advanced robotics and computer science topics. RidgeSoft is proud to sponsor Robofest in conjunction with Lawrence Technological University. Visit RidgeSoft at: www.ridgesoft.com


StoutWare Engineering -- Since 1984, StoutWare Engineering has provided quality systems and software engineering solutions to its clients, specializing in embedded real-time systems architecture and development. We emphasize robustness and correctness in our work products, and continuously update our design and development processes to take advantage of emerging technologies. StoutWare Engineering is proud to be a sponsor of RoboFest for 2007, and has worked closely with Robofest staff to promote and support the introduction of the new Mini Urban Challenge. Visit StoutWare Engineering at: www.stoutware.com


Robofest still has many 2007 sponsorship Opportunities available. Robofest Bronze and Silver Sponsors will be highlighted in upcoming newsletter issues. If you are interested in being a 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 another March 24th RoboSumo Competition: Communities in Schools of Detroit (CIS), located at 5830 Field, Detroit, MI 48213. CIS will be hosting both Junior and Senior Division RoboSumo teams. The RoboSumo Rules can be found at www.robofest.net or directly at the following web link: http://techclubs.org/activities/robots/contests/sumo_rules_small_big.php


         Visit the Robofest website for additional information on this location and the March 24 Robofest Livingston County RoboSumo Competition in Howell, MI.


         The Saturday, March 3 RoboFashionShow Competition at the Windsor Crossing Premium Outlet Mall in LaSalle, Ontario, Canada, being sponsored by Block Robotics, has been moved to Sunday, March 4, from 2:00 4:00 p.m. Team Registration is still available for this location. Visit the Robofest website for additional information on this location.


Registration for each qualifying competition site is on a first come first serve basis. 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) Practice Warm-Up Competition, March 10 at LTU


The 2007 practice 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 can be found on the Robofest web site.


For teams, judges and site hosts who are in other states and countries, we will post video from the Warm-Up for you to view. This video will be available after the March 10th event.

Michigan Students Looking to Join Teams


Please help us to place the following students on Robofest Teams:


         Warren, Michigan, 8th grade male student looking for a team to join. Student is home schooled, has 1 year of RCX experience, and participated in Robofest 2006. Any Coach who has room for this student to join their team should contact parent at the following e-mail: [email protected]


         Detroit, Michigan, 5th grade male student, Bates Academy looking for a team to join. Has past robotics camp experience. Any Coach who has room for this student to join their team should contact parent at the following e-mail: [email protected]


We appreciate your help in placing these eager students!!


(5) Congratulations to MCWTF Robofest Scholarship Winners


Congratulations to the all female Michigan Teams who received Robofest Scholarships from the Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation (MCWTF):


         235-1, Hillside RaiderGirls, Hillside Middle School, Northville, MI

         465-1, Leslie Girls Science Club, Lansing, MI

         473-1, Girl Tech, Canton Charter Academy, Canton, MI

         555-1, The Cute Kittens, Clarenceville Middle School, Livonia, MI


Thank you MCWTF for supporting Michigan female teams! www.mcwtf.com


(6) Debut of the L2Bot for the Mini Urban Challenge, Feb. 17 and 24


L2Bot platform for Collegiate Robofest will be introduced on Sat Feb 17 and 24, 9am-Noon. This workshop is for High School students with Java programming language experience, college students, or professional robotics engineers. Please contact Dr. Chung at [email protected] to reserve a seat.



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