Robofest eNewsletter, 10-8-12


(1) RoboParade Informational Meeting for Everyone, Oct 13

(2) The LEGO Education Robotics Symposium at LTU, Nov 2

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

(4) Missouri Educational Robotics Conference, Nov 9~11

(5) Join World Unique Thanksgiving RoboParade, Nov. 17

(6) Official 2011-2012 Report and Video available

(7) Seeking Site Hosts for Spring 2013 Competitions



(1) RoboParade Info Meeting for Everyone!

Introductory Meeting for Thanksgiving RoboParade on Sat. Oct. 13, 2012 (Noon to 1:00PM) at Lawrence Technological University to familiarize prospective and current Coaches to participate. No registration required.


On the same day, we are having technical workshop for teams. Sat. Oct 13, 9am ~ Noon: NXT-G for RoboParade; identical session 1~4pm. Registration is required. Send email to [email protected].


(2) The LEGO Education Robotics Symposium at LTU in Michigan, Fri. Nov 2

Seating limited to 90 participants. Reservations required. For more info, please go to:


(3) 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. ( )


For details and team registration, go to and click on Bottle RoboSumo link or directly:


(4) Missouri Educational Robotics Conference, Nov 9~11

Nov 9~11, Jefferson City, Missouri. Organized and Sponsored by U of Missouri Extension, Missouri 4 H, and Missouri Afterschool Network. For more info, please go to:


(5) 7th Annual Thanksgiving RoboParade, Nov. 17

7th Annual Thanksgiving RoboParade will be held at Macomb Community College Expo Center on Sat. Nov. 17 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.


(6) Official 2011-2012 Report and Video available

Robofest 2012 official annual report including coach survey results and YouTube video are now available on the web at . Send your postal address to [email protected], if you need copies of DVDs.


(7) 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. Especially, we are looking for site hosts in Africa, Europe, and South America.



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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