Robofest Newsletter, 2-15-2005




(1) Two $500 grants available to two all female Michigan Robofest 2005 Teams

(2) Robofest Admin Email Address Change

(3) Free LeJos Java Workshops on This Saturday!

(4) RoboLab Workshop PowerPoint available

(5) Robofest 2005 Warm-up competition at LTU on Sat. Mar. 19

(6) Robofest RoboRelay Playing Field to borrow



(1) Two $500 grants are available to two all female Robofest 2005 Teams from Michigan.The grants are being offered by the Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation.If you are interested in applying for a $500 grant for the support of a girls Robofest Team from Michigan please send a message to Diane Cairns, [email protected].There will be two $500 grants available to two individual all girl teams.  In your message please provide your school district, age group, email address to where the application can be sent, telephone number and contact person.All requests must be received by Friday, February 25, 2005.Thank you MCWT for providing these two grant opportunities!


(2) Robofest Headquarters Administrative Email Address Change

Robofest World Headquarters has a new email address, [email protected]. (Not the [email protected]Any general questions or inquiries about Robofest should be sent to [email protected]��


(3) Free LeJos Java Workshop This Saturday!

Registered Robofest senior division teams (coaches, students, and parents) are invited to attend a free Lego with Java workshop on Sat. Feb 19, 9am-Noon at Lawrence Tech in Michigan. We strongly recommend bringing your RCX robot, IR tower, and a laptop. In addition, it is highly suggested to install all the necessary software for LeJos Java with Eclipse. Installation instruction can be found at


Agenda for the workshop will be [1] Installation of LeJos Java programming environments using Eclipse and [2] LeJos Java programming tutorial [3] LeJos Java code tips for RoboRelay game. The room number has emailed to team coaches on Monday Feb. 14.


If you have not registered Robofest teams yet, but are interested in this advanced class for Senior Division teams, then please send an email to [email protected]. Space is limited.


(4) Robofest Workshop Resources Available

All the materials (PowerPoint, sources codes) used in Robofest Workshops (RIS RCX code, RoboLab, and LeJos Java) can be found at Please click on resource button.


(5) Robofest 2005 Warm-up competition at LTU on Mar. 19

As announced in the previous email Newsletter, we have changed the date of the Robofest practice competition that was tentatively scheduled for Saturday, March 5, 2005.  The practice competition revised date is Saturday, March 19, 2005 on the campus of LTU.  The practice competition will run from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  We apologize for any inconvenience this change may cause. 


The practice warm-up competition is a great opportunity for new teams, regional site hosts and judges to participate in practice rounds to see how the Robofest competition works.  For our competition site hosts and judges who are not in close proximity, we will shoot video and put it on our website as streaming video for you to view.


We are now taking reservations for teams for the practice competition. Please send an email to [email protected] with your team ID(s).


(6) Robofest RoboRelay Playing Field to borrow

We are proud of Robofest Senior division with Java Programming Language, because it has been the first Lego robot competition using Java Programming Languages for High School students in the world, as far as we have investigated.


In order to encourage LeJos Java programming teams, Robofest Headquarter has decided to lend a set of RoboRelay playing field to up to 7 High School teams, on a first come first serve base. If you are interested in borrowing a playing field, please contact [email protected]



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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]�����

(248)204-3504Fax: (248)204-3518Robotics Lab (248)204-3815