Robofest Newsletter, 3-3-06

 

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Contents:

(1) Registration is Filling Up for 2006 Competition Sites

(2) 2006 Warm-up Competition

(3) Official VEX Pentathlon Rules Posted on Web

(4) New Robofest Silver Sponsor, HanulKid, Co., Ltd. 

(5) Robofest Anthology Available on Robofest Website

 

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(1) Registration is Filling Up for 2006 Qualifying Sites

 

Competition space at various Robofest qualifying sites is filling up and closing quickly.  If you have not already registered your team(s) for a Robofest Competition Site, please do so as soon as possible.  You can register on the Robofest website, www.robofest.net.  Returning coaches should use their old coach ID and password to register teams.  New Coaches will need to register as a Coach before registering a team.  Your Coach registration will be confirmed via an e-mail to your account.  If you do not receive verification of coach registration, contact [email protected]. 

 

(2) 2006 Warm-up Competition Saturday, March 18

 

The practice warm-up competition will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2006 on the campus of LTU in Michigan from 5:30pm – 9pm in the evening. It is a great opportunity for teams, regional site hosts and judges to participate in practice rounds to see how the Robofest competition works.  For our competition site hosts and judges who are not in close proximity, we will shoot video and put it on our website as streaming video for you to view. 

 

We are now taking reservations for teams to participate in the practice warm-up competition. Please send an email to [email protected] with your team ID(s), if your team is interested in. We are planning to have only 6 junior teams, 4 senior teams, and 4 exhibition teams.

 

If you are interested in volunteering for the warm-up event, please go to http://admin.robofest.org/index.jsp?siteID=37 to sign up online. There are various positions available.

 

Teams are also invited to come earlier in the day to practice their robots on a Robofest Playing Field that will be set up during the Science Olympiad Event that will be going on at the LTU Campus.  We will let you know exact time to come in the next eNewsletter.

 

Admission is free.

 

(3) Official VEX Pentathlon Rules Posted to the Web

 

The VEX Pentathlon Rules have been posted to the Robofest website at www.robofest.net.  You will find the rules on the front page of the Robofest website.   The VEX Pentathlon is for teams who are using VEX.  The Pentathlon Competition will have two different dates, a practice/qualifying date (April 29), and a competition date (May 13).  The VEX Pentathlon will feature 5 events that VEX Team robots can participate in.   The VEX Pentathlon events are Skeeball, Race Track, Tug of War, Long Jump, and Bottle Bowling.  During the April 29 practice/qualifying round, Teams may enter as many robots as they would like in one Pentathlon event, or all Pentathlon events.   All robots must be made from VEX parts only. 

 

Teams must register for the VEX Pentathlon practice/qualifying site.  The practice/qualifying site will take place on April 29, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at Cranbrook Kingswood Middle School, in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.  A Pentathlon practice/qualifying site will also take place at Woodland High School, Woodland, California Robofest competition on Saturday, April 29, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.   All Teams who participate in the April 29 practice/qualifying rounds will be eligible to participate in the VEX Pentathlon Competition on May 13, 2006, at LTU, during the World Robofest 2006 Championships.  Teams can register only one robot in each of the 5 Pentathlon events for the May 13 VEX Pentathlon Competition.

 

Stay tuned to the Robofest website for additional details.  Registration is now available on the web for a limited number of teams.  Registration will be on a first come first serve basis.  Registration is $35.00 per team, and will cover both dates and all Pentathlon Events. 

 

The VEX Pentathlon Practice/Qualifying Round and VEX Pentathlon Competition is being organized by the Cranbrook Kingswood Robotics Team. 

 

(4) New Robofest Silver Sponsor, HanulKid, Co., Ltd. 

Robofest is pleased to announce Silver Sponsor, HanulKid Co., Ltd.  HanulKid is an education-oriented firm that specializes in the production of scientific & educational materials and courses.  HanulKid strives to give children a dream that reaches up to the sky.  HanulKid develops game and robot kits as well as education contents and learning materials.  HanulKid has been an industry leader in the game and robot education industry.  Their main product, I-Robo educational Robot Kits are a unique education tool.  While students play with robot kits, they naturally learn science.  It is called “edutainment”; a new word made from education and entertainment.  Edutainment is a different style of teaching, helping students to develop their own creative and logical thinking skills.  While problem solving and discussing matters, students make their own robots.  This hands-on education gives students fun and achievement.  With HanulKid’s continued research & development, they plan to make further efforts to continue as a top rated robot education firm around the globe.  HanulKid is also the sponsor of the Robofest Qualifying Competition at the Ansan Campus of Hanyang University, Ansan Gyeonggi-do, Korea.  For more information about HanulKid Co., Ltd, visit www.skyschool.net/english/company/company01.htm

 

(5) Robofest Anthology Available on Robofest Website

 

A Robofest video anthology combining 2000 ~ 2005 (27 minutes) is available on the web at:  http://www.ltuvitrc.com/999910.ram  (Real Player version) http://ltumcs.net/robofest/rfestAll2.wmv  (for MS Windows)

 

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CJ Chung, Associate Professor, Robofest director

Lori Birman, Robofest Coordinator

21000 W. Ten Mile, Southfield  MI 48075

[email protected]      www.robofest.net

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