Robofest eNewsletter, 3-23-12


(1) Michigan STEM awareness week, March 25 ~31

(2) Wanted: Volunteers

(3) Robofest Info Meeting on April 14, during Michigan Regional

(4) 13th annual World Robofest on May 19

(5) Robofest Summer Camps

(6) IEEE Spring Conference: Robotics

(7) NDIA-MI Scholarship

(8) LEGO NXT workshops for teachers in Bay City, Michigan



(1) Michigan STEM awareness week

Robofest will be displaying two exhibits as part of Michigan STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Awareness Week ( Everyone is invited to attend two STEM Week events.


Opening event: Sunday, March 25, Noon to 4PM at the Parade Company. Take a tour of the home of America's Thanskgiving Parade, see STEM exhibits (a Robofest Sr. Team), and watch parade artists at work. The event is free. See


Closing event: Saturday March 31, 9:30AM to 5PM at the Henry Ford Rouge Factory Tour.

Take the tour of the final assembly of the Ford F-150, see the world's largest living roof, and see more STEM exhibits (Robofest Jr. and Sr. Team). A limited number of free tickets are available if you register in advance at . You may also purchase tickets to the event the day of the event at the Henry Ford Museum. Parking costs $5 if you are not a member of the Henry Ford Museum.


(2) Wanted: Volunteers

Robofest is now in full swing. We are in need of volunteers to staff their events. To sign up online, go to


You will see a list of sites with dates. Select a site, then click on New Volunteer Registration link. Thank you in advance for supporting Robofest!


(3) Robofest Info Meeting on April 14, during Michigan Regional

If you would like to become involved in Robofest next year, please come to an informational meeting which is being held during our Michigan Regional Championship on Saturday, April 14, 2012, from 10:30-11:20 A.M. in the Don Ridler Field House on the Lawrence Tech University campus. There is no charge to attend.

(4) 13th annual World Robofest on May 19

The event is held at the Lawrence Technological University, 21000 West Mile 10 in Southfield, Michigan on Sat. May 19, 2012. Opening ceremonies will begin at 9am. Admission is free.

(5) Summer Camps

Robofest office offers Android mobile phone robotics, Arduino Robotics, L2Bot robotics, and NXT robotics. For more details, please go to Robofest home at and click on summer camps link on the right upper corner.


(6) IEEE Spring Conference: Robotics

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at Fairlane Center, University of Michigan-Dearborn

19000 Hubbard Drive, Dearborn, MI, 5pm-9pm

Robotics and Automation Society and Control Systems Society are pleased to present to you: Dr. Juan Wachs

Title: Should robots work with us in the Operating Room?

To register, go to and click on Spring Conference Link


(7) NDIA-MI Scholarship

The National Defense Industrial Association - Michigan Chapter, a Robofest Gold sponsor, is again providing scholarships for students pursuing B.S. or M.S. degrees in STEM-related fields.  Last year NDIA-MI awarded eight students scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $2,500. The awards went to four high school seniors entering college and four students already in college. Applications are due by April 17th and can be submitted on-line with a link to STEM found at:

(8) LEGO NXT workshops for teachers in Bay City, Michigan

Introduction to NXT Robotics, Tuesday, April 17, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Advanced NXT Robotics: Wednesday, April 18, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Bay-Arenac ISD, 4228 Two Mile Road, Bay City, Michigan


For more information or to register, contact: Bev Hauk, Bay-Arenac ISD, 989-686-4410, haukb [at]



If you have questions, please *do not reply* directly to this email message. See below for contact information.


Lawrence Tech University / Robofest / M219

21000 W. Ten Mile, Southfield, MI 48075

[email protected]

Fax: (248) 204-3518


CJ Chung, Professor, Robofest Director, [email protected]

Christopher Cartwright, Associate Professor, Robofest Program Manager, [email protected]

Teri Dubois, Robofest Associate Coordinator, (248) 204-3569, [email protected]

Urvi Parmar, Robofest Student Assistant, [email protected]