R o b o f e s t��� eNewsletter, 12-21-06



(1)Robofest 2007 Season Kicks Off!

(2)NXTG Programming Class for Teachers at LTU

(3)Robofest Team Mentors Needed

(4)Friends of Robofest Sponsors Needed for 2007

(5)Happy Holidays!



(1) Robofest 2007 Season Kicks Off!


Robofest has officially kicked off the 2007 Season!!The preliminary 2007 Rules and Game were announced last week.All preliminary Rules and all forms have been posted on the Robofest website at www.robofest.net.(Official Rules will be posted in January.)


You will find preliminary general 2007 Rules, The �Miner Rescue� Game Rules, as well as 2007 Rules for Exhibition, VEX Pentathlon, and the 2007 Pilot Categories of RoboSumo, RoboFashionShow, and Collegiate Mini Urban Missions.You will also find the PowerPoint presentation file that was presented at all of the Robofest 2007 Informational Meetings, and streaming video of the Live Webcast Informational Meeting on December 14th.Please do not miss the streaming video of the Miner rescue game and flash animation.


Robofest will finalize all Preliminary Rules and post Official Rules in early January.Please send us your comments, questions, or concerns with the Preliminary Rules.We find your feedback to be very important in finalizing rules each season.Please send your reply to [email protected] by December 31, 2006.Official Rules will be posted on the web in early January.All Coaches and e-mail recipients will receive notification of the posting via e-mail.


Coach registration is now open.Returning coaches do not need to re-register, they can log into the system using their old Coach ID and Password.(If you have forgotten your password, please send an e-mail to Lori Birman, [email protected] and Lori will send you your log in information.) All Coaches will be able to register teams and select a competition location in early January.The exact date and time will be announced to all Coaches via e-mail.


Please note that the Robofest Season starts earlier this year.Regional Competitions will take place in March and April, with the World Robofest 2007 Championship taking place on April 28, 2007.You will find all regional and International Competition Sites posted on the Robofest website.



(2)�� Autonomous Robotics Class for Educators � LEGO NXT Programming


Lawrence Tech�s Master of Educational Technology program offer the Autonomous Robotics Class for Education starting January 23rd.This 10 week course will introduce concepts involved in autonomous robotics and how to use robotics education technology to teach mathematics, physics, science, and computer science in the classroom.�� It will provide hands-on experience in programming Lego NXT.The class will be held on Tuesday and Thursdays7:20 � 9:10 p.m.The class is held in person on Tuesdays and via on-line on Thursdays.Partial Scholarships are available.LTU plans to offer this class fully on-line in Fall 2007.�� For additional information on this course, please visit the following URL: http://www.robofest.net/academy/met5263s07.htm


(3)Robofest Team Mentors Needed


Robofest receives many requests on a regular basis for teams who are in need of someone to help their team with robotic programming & design.In or order to meet this demand, we are putting together a list of volunteer mentors who are interested in helping out a team of students in their local community.If you are interested in serving as a Robofest Mentor, please send Robofest a message regarding Mentors.Send your name, mailing address, and programming experience/specialty to Lori Birman at [email protected].Thank you in advance.Your assistance could really be beneficial to students in your community.


(4)Friends of Robofest Sponsors Needed for 2007


Robofest has 2007 Sponsorship Opportunities at several levels, including individual donor opportunities, entitled �Friends of Robofest.�Robofest has also created several new Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities.The 2007 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 2006 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.


Anyone interested in other sponsorship levels should contact Lori Birman at [email protected]



(5) Happy Holidays!


Robofest sends each of you its warmest appreciation of your support this past year.We wish you a wonderful Holiday and Happy New Year!



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