R o b o f e s t   eNewsletter, 4-21-08






(1)  World Robofest 2008 Championship on April 26

(2)  Important World Robofest Participant Information

(3)  Wanted: Volunteers

(4)  Sponsor Highlights: SolidWorks and Hitec Robotics

(5)  Robofest Coaches who have reached 5 year anniversary

(6)  New! Recognition of Robofest Graduates

(7)  Summer Camps in Michigan




(1)  World Robofest 2008 Championship on April 26

Over 100 teams advanced from 40 qualifiers will be competing at this year’s World Robofest 2008 Championship on Saturday, April 26th on the Campus of LTU.  The event will be held during the Lawrence Tech 75th anniversary week. Robofest has posted results and some videos from 2008 Qualifying Competition sites on the Robofest web site at: http://www.robofest.net/2008/results


This year’s Robofest competition categories are Game (RoboSavers), Exhibitions, Pentathlon, Robo Sumo, Robo Fashion show, Mini Urban Challenge, and Bridge Battle. Admission and parking is free. There will be free raffles for spectators. Please check out details about the World Championship at http://www.robofest.net/2008/worldchamp.htm


(2)  Important World Robofest Participant Information

All teams competing in the World Robofest 2008 Championship are reminded to visit the following web page for event details and reminders:  http://www.robofest.net/2008/worldchamp.htm . Teams, please check this site for updates during the week – we are still refining the event schedule.   The doors on Saturday will open at 7:45 a.m. with Opening Ceremonies starting at 9:00 a.m. in the field house. Check-in will be done in the field house only.


**All teams are reminded that there is a $40 check-in fee per team for World Robofest.  Your registration fee should be paid at the door via check or cash. The fee will be used to provide an individual trophy with personalized name plate for each participant.


(3)  Wanted: Volunteers

Volunteers are needed for World Robofest.  If you would like to help as a volunteer on April 26th, or April 25 for the setup, please go to the following link and register:  http://admin.robofest.org/index.jsp?siteID=108



(4)  Sponsor Highlights: SolidWorks and Hitec Robotics


Gold Sponsor: SolidWorks


SolidWorks Corporation develops and markets software for design, analysis, and product data management. It is the leading supplier of 3D CAD technology, giving teams intuitive, high-performing software that helps them design better products.


Robofest is planning a free CAD workshop for students using SolidWorks in Michigan.


Silver Sponsor: Hitec Robotics


Robofest 2008 Silver sponsor Hitec Robotics is proud to announce the 1st Hitec Robotics Cup in the US. This US humanoid robotics challenge will take place at the University of Phoenix Stadium (Home of the Cardinals) during the Electric Flight Expo and tradeshow – EFX on April 25th through 27th, 2008. Hitec Robotics cup info can be found at




(5)  Robofest Coaches who have reached 5 year anniversary

The following long time Robofest coaches will be recognized during the closing ceremonies, at World Robofest 2008 Championship, on April 26 around 4pm at LTU.  


Nathan Barhorst, 2004-2008

Mary Cottrel, 2004-2008

Elmer Santos, 2004-2008


If you are a Robofest Coach who has reached this 5 year anniversary and we failed in recognizing in the above list, please let us know.  [email protected] .


(6)  New! Recognition of Robofest Graduates

Robofest would like to recognize high school graduates who have been participated in Robofest. We would like to hear from your about your learning experience through Robofest.  If you submit around one page essay or episode that will be posted on the web, you will receive a graduation gift from Robofest. We are looking forward to hearing from you.


(7)  Summer Camps in Michigan


Robot Sumo Camp: Two identical sessions: June 18, 19 and June 23, 24, 9am ~ 3pm

This introductory level summer camp at Lawrence Technological University is only for 5th ~ 9th grade beginners using Lego NXT robots. Registration fee: $60 (lunch not included). Contact Jeff Sparling, [email protected], 248-204-3566


L2Bot Camp: July 7 – 11, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Assemble Lawrence Tech’s laptop robot, L2Bot, complete with a webcam. You’ll explore concepts in autonomous robotics navigation, image processing, computer vision, and voice recognition while learning the basics of object-oriented Java programming. Some knowledge of a programming language is helpful, but not required. After the camp, you’ll be able to participate in Collegiate Robofest Mini Urban Challenge in December 2008 and spring 2009 (visit robofest.net/collegiate). $450/residential $550
For more information or registration, email Lisa R. Kujawa at [email protected]



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

Jeff Sparing, Robofest Coordinator, [email protected], 248-204-3566

Jerri Ureel, Robofest Coordinator, [email protected], 248-204-3568

Susan Latos, Robofest Assistant Coordinator, [email protected], 248-204-3569

Lawrence Tech University / Robofest World Headquarters

21000 W. Ten Mile, Southfield MI 48075

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