Robofest Newsletter, 2-21-2004




(1) Robofest 2004 Official Rules Released; Kick-off plan

(2) IEEE Region 4 and SEM � New Robofest Sponsors

(3) Robofest �forum�

(4) Where to buy the crates?

(5) Free Lego with Java Programming Class on March 13



(1) Robofest 2004 Official Rules Released


Robofest 2004 official rules and game rules are released on Feb 21, 2004. Coach registration will begin after Feb. 25 before Feb. 29. We are currently (beta) testing new registration software system on the web. Before the official kick-off, you will get an email notification in advance, if you are in the Robofest mailing list (If you receive this email newsletter, you are OK).


Please also visit �Tech Resource� link for technical information. Also you can find official Robofest 2004 poster in PDF file at


(2) Robofest Sponsorship Update

The IEEE (Eye-triple-E) is a non-profit, technical professional association of more than 360,000 individual members in approximately 175 countries. The full name is the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (from

We are pleased to announce that PACE (Professional Activities Committee) of IEEE Region 4 (all or parts of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin USA and Windsor Area Canada) and IEEE SEM (Southeastern Michigan) Section are sponsoring Robofest 2004!

The Robofest family greatly appreciates their kind sponsorships. Together, we can realize our mutual educational goals for the future. For more information about Robofest sponsorships and benefits, please go to

(3) Robofest forum
Please check out �forum� link on page.You have access to a public bulletin board to get information regarding Robofest challenges and robotics events. You may post your questions, ideas, press releases, essays, or call for discussion related to Robofest, robotics and education on the forum site any time.


(4) Where to buy the crates?

Perhaps due to our Robofest teams, all the crates at Meijers are sold out! After contacting Sterilite company, we found out that you can buy crates from �True Value� Hardware stores. To find a location near you, please go to: Also, Bigg�s may carry the item (


(5) Free Lego with Java Programming Class in March

As announced, a free Lego with Java Programming Class using Eclipse environment will be held in March at LTU:

- Sat. March 13: 9am-Noon (introduction, setup, basics)


If you are interested in taking these classes, please email to [email protected]. Now only a few seats are available. You must bring your own laptop, Lego RCX brick, and the IR tower in order to take this class. This class is mainly for high school students who are planning to enter advanced robot competition division.



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Lawrence Tech University�� Computer Science/Robotics Lab

Chan-Jin Chung, Associate Professor, Robofest organizer

21000 W. Ten Mile, SouthfieldMI 48075

[email protected],,, [email protected]

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