R o b o f e s t   eNewsletter, 9-08-08





(1) Robofest 2009 Info Meeting on Sep 22

(2) Robofest 2009 Schedule

(3) Free NXT workshop for teachers/parents by IEEE SEM

(4) Join Thanksgiving RoboParade, Saturday, November 15, 2008

(5) Seeking Site Hosts for 2009 Competition Season

(6) Robofest is Seeking Sponsors for 2009 Competition

(7) Robofest 2008 Video and Report





(1) Robofest 2009 Info Meeting on Monday, Sep 22, 2008

�� = For new site hosts, teachers, educators, and parents

�� = 6 ~ 7:30pm EST, Science Bld. S108, Lawrence Tech, Southfield, Michigan

�� = No. 6 building on this campus map at http://www.ltu.edu/contacts/campusmap.asp

�� = Driving directions to LTU at http://www.ltu.edu/contacts/directions.asp

�� = You can also join the meeting via Skype. (ID: robofest)

�� = Questions? Contact Jerri Ureel, [email protected]


(2) Robofest 2009 Schedule

�� Thu. Dec. 11, 2008: Robofest 09 Kick off meeting, 6pm, Lawrence Tech

�� Jan ~ Feb: Technical Workshops

�� Sat. March 7, 2009: Warm-up competition at Lawrence Tech, in Michigan

�� March ~ April 18, 2009: Qualifying Competitions

�� Fri, May 1, 2009: Special Dinner to celebrate the 10th anniversary (5pm, tentative)

�� Sat, May 2, 2009: World Robofest Championship


(3) Free NXT workshop for teachers/parents by IEEE SEM


IEEE Southeast Michigan Section is providing Fall RoboSumo Workshop for Educators on Saturday, September 20, 2008, 10:00am ~ 4:00pm, at Lawrence Technological University. This is an introductory level workshop for teachers, educators, and parents. Please Contact Doug Czinder, IEEE SEM Robotics & Automation Chair to register: [email protected]� or Jeff Sparling, Robofest Coordinator at LTU: [email protected] . Register early � space is limited!� Lunch will be provided by IEEE SEM.


(4) Join Thanksgiving RoboParade, Saturday, November 15, 2008

Robofest veteran and rookie teams in Michigan are invited to join the 3rd annual Thanksgiving RoboParade on Saturday, November 15, 2008 at Lawrence Tech,
9am ~ 2pm. The parade is an excellent opportunity for beginners to learn robotics while having fun. For additional details about the RoboParade, please visit the Robofest home page at www.robofest.net.


(5) Robofest Seeking Site Hosts for 2009 Competition Season


Robofest is currently seeking site hosts for the 2009 Competition Season.� Qualifying Competition Sites are needed in March and April of 2009.� Top teams from each site will qualify to move on to compete at the World Robofest Championships, which will be held on the campus of LTU on Saturday, May 2, 2009.� Interested individuals, organizations, or schools should contact Robofest coordinator Jerri Ureel at [email protected] or check out www.robofest.net and click on �For Site Hosts� link. We are accepting applications until November 30.


(6) Robofest is Seeking Sponsors for 2009 Competition


In an effort to keep Robofest a low-cost affordable contest for everyone, we are seeking sponsors for the 2009 season.� If you or your organization is interested in helping to support the important work of Robofest, please contact Jeff Sparling, [email protected].� Robofest appreciates any type of support, big or small.� Robofest accepts both cash contributions and in-kind services donations.� Please contact us if you are able to support Robofest in any way. Robofest plans to print the promotional posters in December; in order to put your company or organization logo on the poster, we will need sponsorship commitments by the end of November. Sponsorship (pledge) form can be found at http://www.robofest.net/2009/Sponsorship09form.doc

(7)� Robofest 2008 Video and Report


Robofest streaming video is available at http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8438453295391266468&hl=en (A link can be found at www.robofest.net)


If you need a DVD of the video, please send an email to [email protected] with your mailing address.

Robofest 2008 summary report is available at www.robofest.net under News section.



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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

Tiffany Platt, Robofest Assistant Coordinator, 248-204-3569


Lawrence Tech University / Robofest / M219

21000 W. Ten Mile, Southfield MI 48075

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