Robofest e-Newsletter 9-6-11



(1) RoboExpo, Sep. 26, Registration is Open

(2) World�s first Hexapod Robot Sumo during RoboExpo

(3) Robotics Teacher Workshop

(4) Introduction to RoboParade and Robofest - Webinar

(5) Your Android phone can be an Eye for your NXT robot

(6) The Robot Garage Job Openings

(7) Job Opportunity: Teaching Robotics Weekly

(8) Robofest Seeking Site Hosts for 2012



(1) RoboExpo, September 26, Registration is Open

RoboExpo (, an annual exposition conference for everyone involved in robotics, will be held on Sep. 26, 1~5pm at Lawrence Technological University in Michigan. 20 companies/organizations are coming to introduce robotics products, services, and educational programs. They will meet with prospective job seekers, so bring your resumes! Would you like to learn about Kinect sensors or Kalman filter algorithms? There will be technical breakout sessions. RoboExpo will provide networking opportunities to meet with key people in robotics. Are your group is interested in Robotics competitions? There will be presentations/booths about robotics workshops, classes, and competitions.


A few tables are available for exhibitors. If your company or organization is interested in having a booth during the event, please send an email to [email protected].


Admission is free, but registration is required on the web at You may win a NXT (donated by Lego� Education) or Kinect sensor (donated by Microsoft).


If your school class wants to come to RoboExpo as a field trip, please let [email protected] know in advance.


(2) World�s first Hexapod Robot Sumo during RoboExpo

Five teams will be competing in the world�s first hexapod robot sumo during RoboExpo on Sep. 26, 1pm~4:30pm. This event is sponsored by ROBOTIS Inc. Rules are posted at .


(3) Introduction to RoboticsTeacher Workshop

Wed, Sep 21, 8:30am ~ 2:30pm, $20 per person (breakfast and lunch included)

Wayne County RESA (33500 Van Born Road, Wayne, Michigan)

Explore everything from simple robotic machines to computer-programmed autonomous robots using Lego NXT. Convert your classroom into a hands-on, minds-on robotics laboratory. Earn SBCEU credits! Seating is limited. Guest Presenter: Bonnie Middledorf


(4) Introduction to RoboParade and Robofest

Robofest is small. In contrast to other big robotics competitions, Robofest does not require teams to hold major fundraisers to underwrite the cost of participation. However, Robofest provides unique opportunities to maximize students� math and science learning through autonomous robotics. To find more about Robofest, attend a workshop on Sep 26 during RoboExpo. Anyone can join the workshop online using Wimba, too. The direct link for the Webinar will be on our website at or send us an email [email protected] to get the webinar info.


(5) Your Android phone can be an eye for your NXT robot

Lawrence Tech students authored an eBook to program your Android phone to be an eye for your NXT robot with Java. Watch a YouTube video for the line following NXT robot with an Android phone at


To purchase the book with the source codes, please go to and search using keywords: �Android Lego NXT� or go directly to:


(6) The Robot Garage Job Openings

The Robot Garage is a place for LEGO� and robotics enthusiasts of all ages. We are located in the heart of Birmingham in Michigan. Come see us at our converted warehouse, home to building and robotics classes, workshops, birthday parties, weekend competitions, and a retail shop filled with great merchandise. We are looking for part-time robotics Instructors and assistant managers. Send information to [email protected] or drop off a resume in person at 637 S. Eton Road, Birmingham MI 48009.


(7) Job Opportunity: Teaching Robotics Weekly

The COVE Homeschool Coop in Michigan is looking for an instructor to teach a weekly robotics class to students in 6th to 12th grade. Contact Beth at (734) 513-5837 or at elisa294 [at]


(8) Robofest Seeking Site Hosts for 2012 Competition Season

Robofest is seeking site hosts for the 2012 Competition Season. Qualifying Competition Sites are needed in Feb ~ March of 2012. Interested individuals, organizations, or schools should contact Robofest office at [email protected] or check out and click on *For Site Hosts* link.



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

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