R o b o f e s t��� eNewsletter, 9-23-06



(1)MCWTF Offering Three $500 Grants to All Female Teams in Michigan

(2)Practice Sessions Scheduled for Thanksgiving RoboParade

(3) Robofest 2006 XL T-Shirts Available for $5.00 Each

(4)Robofest 2006 Streaming Video & DVD Available

(5)Robofest Seeking Site Hosts for 2007 Competition Season

(6)Robofest is Seeking Sponsors for 2007 Competition _/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/

(1) MCWTF Offering Three $500 Grants to All Female Teams in Michigan


Robofest is pleased to announce that three grants of up to $500 each are available to all female Robofest 2007 Teams from Michigan.The grant is being offered by the MCWTF (http://www.mcwtf.org).If you are interested in applying for one of these grants supporting all female Robofest Teams from Michigan you can obtain the application on the Robofest web site, www.robofest.net or at http://www.mcwtf.org.The grant application is due no later than December 15, 2006.If you have difficulty accessing the site or downloading the application, please send an email to [email protected] or call 248-281-5391.


The Michigan Council of Women in Technology Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to inspiring and assisting girls and women in Michigan to pursue technology education and careers. We do this by providing educational programs and scholarships, as well as ongoing support as they move through the educational system.


(2) Practice / Informational Sessions Scheduled for Thanksgiving RoboParade


Robofest veteran and rookie teams in Michigan are invited to join the world�s first Thanksgiving RoboParade on Saturday, November 18, 2006. The parade is an opportunity for students to show offtheir robot skills as well as to form rookie teams.For additional details about the Parade, please visit the Robofest home page at www.robofest.net.Video of a sample practice parade during the 2006 MCWTF summer camp held at LTU can be found at http://robofest.ltu.edu/movies/roboParadeMCWTcamp.wmv


Two 1.5 hour practice and informational sessions have been scheduled for the RoboParade.The parade practice session dates are Friday, September 29 at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, September 30 at 11:00 a.m.Teams who are interested in participating should plan to come to LTU for one of these two practice sessions.The sessions will be on the LTU campus. Room number is to be decided, but you will find directional signs on campus. You do not need to register for the practice session, but you will need to register for the parade at a later date.(On-line registration for the parade will be up soon.)


(3) Robofest 2006 XL T-Shirts Available for $5.00 Each


We have a few of the 2006 official Robofest T-Shirts (XL) available for a special price of $5.00 each, plus shipping.Sorry, the only size we have is XL.If you would like to purchase a shirt, please contact Lori Birman at [email protected].T-Shirt sales will be on a first come first serve until they are gone.Shipping will be figured based on your location and the number of shirts you order.(T-Shirts may be picked up at the Robofest Office, please call in advance 248-205-3566.)


(4) Robofest 2006 Streaming Video & DVD Available


A 15 minute Robofest 2006 streaming video is available on the Robofest home page at www.robofest.net (under News). If you would like to receive a high quality DVD, please email to [email protected] with your mailing address.


(5) Robofest Seeking Site Hosts for 2007 Competition Season


Robofest is currently seeking site hosts for the 2007 Competition Season.Qualifying Competition Sites are needed in March and April of 2007.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, April 28, 2007.Robofest plans to have all 2007 Sites confirmed by October 20, 2006.Interested individuals, organizations, or schools should contact Lori Birman for additional 2007 Site Hosting Information, [email protected] or 248-204-3566.


(6) Robofest is Seeking Sponsors for 2007 Competition


In an effort to keep Robofest a low-cost affordable contest for everyone, we are seeking sponsors for the 2007 contest.If you or your organization is interested in helping to support the important work of Robofest, please contact Lori Birman, [email protected].Robofest appreciates any type of support, big or small.Robofest accepts both cash contributions and in-kind services donations.Donations such as robot kits, printing, signs, promotion, etc. are greatly appreciated.Please contact us if you are able to support Robofest in any way. Robofest plans to print the promotional posters in December; so in order to put your company or organization logo on the poster, we will need sponsorship commitments by the end of October.If a sponsorship pledge is decided before November 4th, your sponsorship will be recognized in various ways during the first Thanksgiving RoboParade, too.



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Lori Birman, Robofest Coordinator

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