R o b o f e s t†† eNewsletter, 2-25-09

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Contents:

(1) Team REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

(2) Robofest CI (Creativity and Innovation) mini Grant

(3) Warm Up Competition on Saturday, February 28, 2009

(4) Judge Training Webinar

(5) Wanted: Qualifying Site Volunteers!!!

(6) Last Chance: free team Registration at the MACUL COBO Center in Detroit

(7) NXT Robotics Workshop in Conjunction with MACUL Conference

(8) Are you in need of an extra light sensor for your RoboZone robot?

(9) Professional Development / Robotics at Carnegie Mellon

(10) Free RobotC License for Robofest Teams

 

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(1) Robofest 2009 Qualifying Sites are now registering teams

Please go to robofest.net and click on the >>Enter Robofest 2009<< link.† Follow the directions for registering as a new coach, or to register your team at an official Robofest Regional Qualifying site. Register now! Already some site/categories are full. Time is running out!

 

(2) New award: Robofest CI mini grant

One of the unique features of Robofest is that the Exhibition does not limit students' imagination, innovation, and creativity. We are happy to announce a new award called Robofest CI (Creativity and Innovation) Development Grant for Robofest Exhibition teams. The cash grant will enable teams to continue to improve and expand their robotics projects for possible entrepreneurial opportunities after the World Robofest championship. Details about the grant will be posted on the Robofest homepage in April before the World Championship. Please consider forming new or additional Exhibition teams.

 

(3) Warm Up Competition on Saturday, February 28, 2009

The annual Robofest pre-season Warm Up Competition will be held in the Cafeteria in the Buell Management Building on LTUís campus, from 2:00pm to 6:00pm.† There are a limited number of spaces available, so if your team would like to come to the warm up, please contact Jerri at [email protected] to register your team for this event.† Your team must already be registered at a Robofest 2009 Qualifying site to be eligible to compete at the warm up.† The Jr. Game slots are full. The event is open to the general public. We welcome prospective Robofest teams to learn about Robofest. Admission is free and parking is free.

 

To serve as a Robofest 2009 Judge, it is highly recommended to attend this warm-up. To sign up as a Judge, please go to http://admin.robofest.org/index.jsp?siteID=146

 

(4) Judge Training Webinar

Site host organizers, prospective judges, team coaches are encouraged to join the following online interactive webinars for training Judges on Monday, March 2 at 1pm EST and a repeated one at 7pm EST.

http://ltu.horizonwimba.com/launcher.cgi?room=_ltu_s__4223_1_628235

If you want to join the online meeting, then we recommend you test the connection before the meeting. Judging materials will be available on the web at www.robofest.net after the webinars.

 

(5) Wanted: Qualifying Site Volunteers!!!

It takes many volunteers to run a successful Robofest event, with a variety of specific jobs to accomplish.† For this reason, we have opened the Volunteer Registration website at http://admin.robofest.org, where your volunteers can sign up for the job they want and Site Host Organizers can keep track of what positions still need to be filled.† When registering as a volunteer, please fill in all of the information as completely as possible. If you have questions or need assistance registering as a volunteer, please contact [email protected]

(6) Last Chance: Free team Registration at the MACUL Cobo Center in Detroit

Any of the teams that register for Robofest MACUL qualifying site at Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan on Thursday, March 19, 2009 from 1~5pm, will have a free registration thanks to MACUL (Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning).†† Please register teams now. It will be closed soon.

 

Robofest will be held as an associate event during the 33rd annual MACUL conference, March 19-21.† This conference features presentations by nationally known speakers and top technology-using educators from Michigan and the Midwest.† For conference registration, visit the MACUL website at www.macul.org.

 

(7) Join MACUL Pre-Conference Robotics Workshops!

=LEGO NXT Robotics, Wednesday, March 18, 2009, 8am ~ Noon

For teachers just beginning their journey into NXT robotics. Learn how to convert your classroom into a hands-on, minds-on robotics laboratory where students model real-life mechanisms and use creativity, logic, and problem-solving skills to meet challenges with today's technologies.

=Advanced NXT Robotics, Thursday, March 19, 2009, 8† ~ 10 am

For teachers with prior programming and NXT experience. Develop a deeper understanding of sensors, programming, and applied math and science by extending your basic robotics skills to include fundamental engineering processes.  

 

For more information or to register, please go to https://www.web-reg.com/macul_Reg/† Workshop registration deadline is Wednesday, March 11

 

(8) Are you in need of an extra light sensor for your RoboZone robot?

You can purchase individual NXT light sensors at http://www.legoeducation.com/store/detail.aspx?CategoryID=159&by=9&ID=1267&c=1&t=0&l=0

 

Also, please note that you can use old RCX blue light sensors for NXTs.

 

(9) Professional Development at Carnegie Mellon University, NREC in Pittsburgh

Teaching teachers how to use robotics to teach STEM. Learn how to use LEGO and VEX Robots to teach STEM concepts in your classroom. These hands-on courses train teachers to build, program and troubleshoot robots. Teachers will also review classroom-ready step-by-step lesson plans that teach algebra readiness concepts, as they reinforce geometry, physics, engineering, and communications skills using multimedia teaching tools developed at the CMU Robotics Academy. †Dates are:
=LEGO NXT-G: June 22-26, August 3-7

=LEGO ROBOTC: July 13-17, August 10-14
=VEX ROBOTC: July 6-10, July 20-24, July 27-31

Teachers will leave the class with Act 48 Credits / 36 hours per class, Certificate of Completion for course 'graduates', and a CD that contains the class materials. For more information call 412 681-7160.

 

(10) Free RobotC License for Robofest Teams

CMUís Robotics Academy has offered to partner with Robofest and provide one copy of RobotC, free of charge, to each team that registers for Robofest 2009.

RobotC is a C-based programming language for LEGO RCX, NXT and VEX robots. To get a free copy, please visit http://www.robotc.net/robofest .

 

 

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Jerri Ureel, Robofest Coordinator, jureel at LTU.edu, 248-204-3568

Tiffany Platt, Robofest Assistant Coordinator, 248-204-3569

Sara Moss, ARISE Web Programmer, smoss at LTU.edu

 

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