Robofest eNewsletter, 9-7-12


(1) Fall 2012 NXT-G Workshops

(2) Bottle RoboSumo North American Championship, Nov. 3

(3) International Robot Olympiad in December

(4) 7th Annual Thanksgiving RoboParade, Nov. 17

(5) Seeking Site Hosts for Spring 2013 Competitions

(6) Like us on Facebook



(1) Fall 2012 NXT-G Workshops at LTU in Michigan

Sat. Oct 6, 9am ~ Noon: NXT-G for Bottle RoboSumo; identical session 1-4pm

Sat. Oct 13, 9am ~ Noon: NXT-G for RoboParade; identical session 1-4pm

The above free workshops are for registered teams only.


(2) Bottle RoboSumo North American Championship

Sat. Nov. 3, 2pm ~ 6pm

Practice Competitions: Fri. Nov 2, 3pm ~8pm

Lawrence Tech University, Southfield, Michigan


This competition is to select teams representing countries in North America to compete at the International Robot Olympiad (see the next article). Winning teams may get partial travel supports and scholarships. For details and team registration, go to and click on Bottle RoboSumo link or directly:


(3) International Robot Olympiad in December

Bottle RoboSumo game became a special category at The International Robot Olympiad.

The 14th International Robot Olympiad (IRO) 2012 will be held on December 17th to 20th in Gwangju, South Korea. The IRO will provide students with a unique global competition that delivers meaningful hands-on learning opportunities in critical STEAM areas: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. Especially this year, the IRO 2012 adopted a Robofest game - Bottle RoboSumo (aka RoboShove) as their special category. For further information regarding competition, registration and etc. please check out the official website of IRO 2012, or contact at [email protected]


(4) 7th Annual Thanksgiving RoboParade, Nov. 17

7th Annual Thanksgiving RoboParade will be held at Macomb Community College Expo Center on Nov. 17 (Sat.) from 12:00pm ~ 3:00pm


Please mark your calendar. The annual indoor RoboParade features fully autonomous robot floats, which follow a parade route, detect robots in front of them, and are constructed and programmed by student teams in fourth through 12th grades. For more information and rules, please visit and click on RoboParade link.


(5) Seeking Site Hosts for Spring 2013 Competitions

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 math and science learning through autonomous robotics. Robofest is seeking site hosts for the 2013 Competition Season. Qualifying Competition Sites are needed in Feb ~ early April of 2013. Interested individuals, organizations, or schools should contact Robofest office at [email protected] or check out and click on *For Site Hosts* link.


(6) Like us on Facebook

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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

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) 204-3568, [email protected]

William Power, Robofest Assistant Coordinator, (248) 204-3569, [email protected]


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