LTU Robofest Newsletter, 11-18-2005




(1) Robofest 2006 Informational Meetings Scheduled for Dec.

(2) Additional Robofest Contest Sites Confirmed for 2006

(3) Robofest 2006 Playing Field Sets Available for Purchase

(4) MCWTF Offers Robofest Grant to an All Female Team in MI

(5) Robofest Coach Registration System Upgrade

(6) Robofest 2006 Pilot Program

(7) Element Products donates Scribbler Robot to Robofest

(8) Robofest Sponsorship Opportunities



(1) Robofest 2006 Informational Meetings Will Be Held In December


We have scheduled the Robofest 2006 Informational Meetings for new teams, returning teams, and site Hosts.Robofest will offer the same Informational Meeting at three different times; one of the meetings is a live webcast.The 2006 Game Competition Rules will be announced during these meetings.


The Information Meetings will take place as follows:


- Wednesday, December 14, 2005, 4:30 � 5:45 p.m. ** Informational Meeting at LTU,

�� Science Building Room S321, **Please note that this is a time change; we will be starting at 4:30 p.m., not 5:00pm


- Friday, December 16, 2005, 12:00 noon1:00 p.m., Live Webcast Informational meeting

(You may participate via the live webcast or attend the meeting in person at LTU Room T221)


- Saturday, December 17, 2005, 10:00 � 11:30 a.m. Informational Meeting at LTU, Science

�� Building Rooms S321


To participate in the live webcast on December 16, you must register.Please contact Lori Birman at [email protected] to make a reservation and receive the webcast log-in information.(You do not need to register to attend the December 14, 16, or 17 meeting at LTU.)


We still have copies of the 2005 Robofest DVD.If you are attending one of the above meetings, we will have DVD�s available for $1.50 each.(If you can�t attend but would like one mailed, the cost is $3.50 each.)


(2) Additional Robofest Contest Sites Confirmed for 2006


Robofest is working on confirming 2006 Contest Site Locations.The following new sites have been confirmed as 2006 Contest Sites:


- Evergreen Valley High School, San Jose, California, April 8

- Herlong Cathedral School, Detroit, Michigan, April 8

- Sky Valley Education Center, Monroe, Washington, April 29

- Woodland High School, Woodland Robotics Club, Woodland, California, April 29


We are still working to secure sites in several other states and countries.We plan to have all sites confirmed for our December registration. Additional sites that were announced in the last newsletter 10-24-05 can be found at .

For more motivation of students, we are working hard to expand to other states and countries. If you or someone you know would be interested in hosting, please have them contact Lori Birman [email protected] for information.Being a Robofest Contest Site provides great visibility for the hosting organization.It is an opportunity to showcase your facility, staff, and students.We hope you will consider being a part of the Robofest Team!



(3) Robofest 2006 Playing Field Sets Available for Purchase


For those who could come to the informational meeting mentioned (1) above, Robofest has whole sets of the 2006 Playing Field available for Purchase at $75.00 each, if ordered by December 10th.Please note that these Playing Fields are for new teams only. If you are a returning team, you can use your previous playing field parts, so you do not need to purchase one of these sets.


Robofest accepts cash or check only.All checks should be made payable to LTU.If you would like to order a 2006 Playing Field set to be picked up on Dec 14, Dec 16, or Dec 17 at LTU, please contact Lori Birman at [email protected]. Sorry, we do not plan to ship the playing field set. Teams outside of Michigan can easily make the playing field just by reading the game rules.

(4) Michigan Council of Women In Technology Foundation (MCWTF) Offers

Robofest Grants to an All Female Team in Michigan


Robofest is pleased to announce that the one grant up to $500 is available to one all female Robofest 2006 Team from Michigan.  The grant is being offered by the Michigan Council of Women In Technology Foundation (  If you are interested in applying for the grant supporting an all female Robofest Team from Michigan you can obtain the application from by visiting .  The grant application is due no later than December 15, 2005.If you have difficulty accessing the site, please send grant inquiries to [email protected].


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.


The vision of Michigan Council of Women In Technology Foundation is to be recognized as a premiere organization for education, scholarships and support for girls and women in Michigan, inspiring them to study and pursue successful careers in technology and technology management.


For the 2006 Robofest season Michigan Council of Women In Technology Foundation will also sponsor three other teams by providing three grants totaling $1,500.  These teams include girls having attended AT&T Camp Infinity during 2004 and 2005 and students at Ferndale University High School who are part of the student interest group GET IT, Girls Exploring Together Information Technology.  AT&T Camp Infinity and GET IT are programs provided by Michigan Council of Women In Technology Foundation.


(5) Robofest Coach Registration System Upgrade


We have tested the Robofest coach and team registration system last month. If you were a registered coach, regardless whether you had actual teams or not, and you did not get an email with your coach ID and other information from us, please send us a message letting us know you did not receive a registration test e-mail from us.This occurs when you changed your email address. In this case, please send your message to [email protected]


We are currently improving the registration system. The exact start date for 2006 Competition Registration will be announced through this newsletter in December, so stay tuned...


(6) Robofest 2006 Pilot Program: Team Website Design Competition added


As a pilot program, Robofest has added three new Categories in the Robofest 2006 Competition.Two of the categories were announced in the last newsletter, which were the Digital Animation Category and the Digital Video Editing Category.�� Robofest has added a third pilot Category which is Team Website Design.The Pilot Categories are as follows:


Digital Animation: participants will animate the Robofest 2006 game competition.

Digital Video Editing and Production: teams will videotape and submit a digitally edited video journal of their team while it was preparing to compete at Robofest.

Team Website Design: must be a live website for Robofest team(s).


Rules in detail will be announced during the informational meeting.


(7) New Robofest Sponsor, Element Products, Inc., Donates Scribbler


Robofest thanks its newest sponsor, Element Products, Inc. ( for the donation of the Scribbler Robot. Thank you Element Products!



(8) Robofest Sponsorship Opportunities


Robofest has 2006 Sponsorship Opportunities at several levels, including individual donor opportunities, entitled �Friends of Robofest.�Robofest has also created several new Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities.The 2006 Sponsorship Opportunities Program can be viewed at the following link:


Attached is a link for Friends of Robofest individual donors to make a gift to Robofest via credit card (MasterCard, Visa, or Discover) or electronic check.You may make an on-line gift to Robofest by visiting the following link:


When using the on-line giving form, you must specify Robofest as the gift recipient and also specify your gift amount.The on-line pledge form is encrypted with Secure Socket Layer technology to guarantee transaction security.


All Robofest donations are tax deductible contributions. Transactions must be processed by December 31st to receive 2005 tax credit.Robofest Sponsorship is important in our effort to keep Robofest a low-cost affordable contest for everyone.We hope you will consider supporting Robofest in our sponsorship campaign.We appreciate your support.



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CJ Chung, Associate Professor, Robofest director

Lori Birman, Robofest Coordinator

21000 W. Ten Mile, SouthfieldMI 48075

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