Robofest e-Newsletter 6-27-11



(1) RoboExpo in September, 2011

(2) Robotics Summer Camps at Lawrence Tech

(3) Other summer camps

(4) Fall Robotics Course for Homeschoolers in Michigan

(5) Robofest 2011 Official Videos

(6) Introduction to Robofest, Presentations for teachers during MDSTA-DACTM



(1) RoboExpo in September

Robofest office is planning an annual exposition conference for academia, industry, and government sectors involved in robotics in order to

-- share knowledge and resources,

-- introduce & demonstrate new robotics products and services,

-- promote R&D collaboration, and

-- inspire gifted students to pursue STEM career


If your company or organization is interested in having a booth during the event, please let [email protected] know. **Tentative** date is Monday Sep. 26, 1pm~5pm at Lawrence Technological University, Michigan.


(2) Robotics Summer Camps at Lawrence Tech

We already finished a NXT-G camp for teachers last week. L2Bot camp this week is full. We have a few seats left for the following day camps:

-- Kalman filter algorithms - Tue., July 12, 9am ~ 4pm, Free. For advanced high school students, teachers, coaches, and college students.

-- NXT-G for Students (5th ~ 12th grade), July 7, 10am ~ 3pm. $20

-- RobotC for Coaches and teachers, July 11, 4 ~ 8pm, Lawrence Tech. Free

-- RobotC for 8th~ 12th grade Students, July 14, 10am ~ 3pm. $20

-- Android Mobile App Programming plus Lego NXT with LeJos, July 18 ~ 19. 9am ~ 4pm, $100, if you bring an Android phone. For high school students only.


For detailed info, please checkout Summer Camp link on or directly at: .


(3) Other Robotics Summer Camps in Michigan

-- Birmingham, MI, The ROBOT GARAGE Camps, 637 South Eton Street, .

--The FIRST Robotics team from Northville High School is running a camp. For details:

-- Ann Arbor area: .

-- Wayne County Education Center, LEGO Robotics, Aug 15-18, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Cost: $75, Camp designed for 3 ~ 7th grade students, contact Dr. Greg Johnson at 734-334-1427 or by e-mail at [email protected].

-- Cranbrook Schools, Bloomfield Hills, June 27- August 5, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., ages 6-18. For more information visit

-- Schoolcraft College, Kids on Campus,


(4) Fall Robotics Course for Homeschoolers in Michigan

The COVE Homeschool Coop is offering an Intro to Robotics course in the fall for homeschoolers. Students will learn the basics of robotic design and programming. No experience necessary! We will be working with the LEGO NXT robot which is a great robot for any age group. Students will learn the logic used in programming and how to write their own programs using the NXT-G programming language. Different challenges will be given to students and they will have to plan, design and program their robot for competitions such as Robofest 2012 in the spring. Two hour class, Grades 6 and up, Min: 4 Students.

Contact Chris at [email protected] .


(5) Robofest 2011 Official Videos (all the competition sites and best team pictures) (IGVC videos added)



(6) Introduction to Robofest, Presentations for teachers during MDSTA-DACTM

Math and Science focused Robofest is one of the most affordable, yet effective autonomous robotics competitions in the nation. In contrast to other robotics competitions, Robofest does not require teams to hold major fundraisers to underwrite the cost of participation. The typical investment is about $300 for a robot kit that can be reusable every year and a $50 registration fee. Flexibility of Robofest also makes it cost effective. There will be a presentation to introduce Robofest for new prospective coaches during the 2011 MDSTA-DACTM Fall Conference in Lamphere H.S., Madison Heights, MI on November 12, 2011. Please visit:




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

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

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

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

Tiffany Platt, Robofest Assistant Coordinator, (248) 204-3569, [email protected]


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