R o b o f e s t eNewsletter, 1-10-07

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Contents:

(1) Robofest 2007 Registration Open, Official Rules Posted on the Web

(2) 2007 Programming Workshop Schedule

(3) LEGO NXTG Programming Class for Teachers at Lawrence Tech

(4) Robofest Team Mentors Needed

(5) Robofest 2007 Workshops and Info. Meetings in Texas

(6) Friends of Robofest Sponsors Needed for 2007

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(1) Robofest 2007 Registration Open, Official Rules Posted on the Web

 

Robofest Team Registration has officially opened on-line at http://www.robofest.net. Registered coaches may now register teams and select 2007 qualifying competition locations. Registration is on a first come first serve basis. Registration for each competition location will close when the number of teams registered for a site is at maximum capacity for each site. Please be sure to register right away so you are able to compete at the competition location of your choice. If you are not yet registered as a Robofest Coach, you must first complete a Coach Registration to be able to enter a team and select a competition site. Should you experience difficulty in the registration process, please contact [email protected]

 

You will find newly posted Official Robofest 2007 Rules (v1.1), and The "Miner Rescue" Game Rules (v1.31), posted on the website as well. Please discard your old draft rules and use the Official posted rules on the Robofest website. You will also find 2007 Rules for VEX Pentathlon, and the 2007 Pilot Categories of RoboSumo, RoboFashionShow, and Collegiate Mini Urban Challenge. Also on the website is an updated PowerPoint presentation file and streaming video of the Live Webcast Informational Meeting on December 14th. Please view the streaming video of the Miner rescue game and flash animations of the game.

 

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.

 

(2) 2007 Programming Workshop Schedule

 

Robofest has announced its 2007 Free Programming Workshop Schedule for Michigan registered Robofest Teams. For those teams who are not in close proximity, the workshop hand-out files will be posted on the web. Some workshops will be available via streaming video after the workshop is held. You will find a complete schedule of workshops on the Robofest website at www.robofest.net Click on the link entitled 2007 Schedule or directly at http://www.robofest.net/2007/sch07.htm . If your team is registered, then you do not need to register for these workshops.

 

The first programming workshop will be LEGO NXT, held this Saturday, January 13, from 9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. in M-218 of the Buell Management Building on the campus of LTU. Students, Parents, and Teachers of the registered teams are invited to attend. Attendees should bring their robots, sensors, laptops, extra parts. There will be a repeated session of the LEGO NXT workshop on Saturday, January 27.

 

Directions to LTU: http://www.ltu.edu/futurestudents/directions.asp

LTU Campus Map: http://www.ltu.edu/futurestudents/campus_map.asp

(The Buell Building is #4 on the map. Use Parking lot C)

 

(3) LEGO NXTG Programming Class for Teachers at Lawrence Tech

 

Lawrence Techs Master of Educational Technology program offers LEGO NXTG Programming Class for Teachers starting January 23rd. This 10 week course will introduce concepts involved in autonomous robotics and how to use robotics education technology to teach mathematics, science, and computer science in the classroom with Lego NXT. The class will be held on Tuesday and Thursdays 7:15 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

 

(4) 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. 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.

 

(5) Robofest 2007 Info. Meetings in Texas

 

All potential teams, students, coaches, parents, and volunteers are invited to attend.

 

***** Houston Area

 

Saturday, Jan 20, 2007
10am-12noon

2414 Spring Cypress Rd, Spring TX 77388
(Northside Christian Church - FM 2920 west of Splashtown/I-45)

For more info, visit http://www.jsoft.com/ts/robotics/RoboFest/

 

***** Austin Area

 

Saturday, Jan. 27th

11:00 a.m-12:30 p.m.

 

Howson Library, 2500 Exposition

2500 Exposition Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

For more info, visit http://www.learning-links.org

 

(6) 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:

 

http://www.robofest.net/2007/SponsorshipLevels07.pdf

 

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:

 

https://www.applyweb.com/public/register?ltualum

 

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. 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]

 

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CJ Chung, Associate Professor, Robofest Director

Lori Birman, Robofest Coordinator

21000 W. Ten Mile, Southfield MI 48075

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