R o b o f e s t   eNewsletter, 10-01-08

 

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Contents:

(1) Robofest 2009 Info Meeting on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008

(2) Robofest 2009 Schedule

(3) Free NXT workshop for teachers/parents by IEEE SEM

(4) RoboParade Info meeting and NXT workshop for teachers, Oct 11

(5) Join Thanksgiving RoboParade, Saturday, November 22

(6) Student in FL Looking for Team to Join

(7) Seeking Site Hosts for 2009 Competition Season

(8) Robofest is Seeking Sponsors for 2009 Competition

(9) Robofest 2008 Video and Report

 

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(1) Robofest 2009 Info Meeting on Saturday, Oct 18, 2008

   = For new site hosts, teachers, educators, and parents

   = 1 ~ 2pm EST, Science Bld. S108, Lawrence Tech, Southfield, Michigan

   = No. 6 building on this campus map at http://www.ltu.edu/contacts/campusmap.asp

   = Driving directions to LTU at http://www.ltu.edu/contacts/directions.asp

   = Conference call will be available, contact Jerri Ureel for the call-in number, [email protected]

 

(2) Robofest 2009 Schedule

   Thu. Dec. 11, 2008: Robofest 09 Kick Off meeting, 6pm, LTU in Buell Mgt. Building, room M218

   Fri. Dec. 12, 2008: Robofest 09 Kick Off meeting, 5:45pm, LTU in Buell Mgt. Building, room M218

   Sat. Dec. 13, 2008: Robofest 09 Kick Off meeting, 10am, LTU in Buell Mgt. Building, room M218

   Jan ~ Feb: Technical Workshops

   Sat. March 7, 2009: Warm-up competition at Lawrence Tech, in Michigan 2 ~ 6pm

   March ~ April 18, 2009: Qualifying Competitions

   Fri, May 1, 2009: Special Dinner to celebrate the 10th anniversary (5pm, tentative)

   Sat, May 2, 2009: World Robofest Championship

 

(3) Free NXT workshop for teachers/parents by IEEE SEM

IEEE Southeast Michigan Section is providing Fall RoboSumo Workshop on Saturday, October 4, 2008, 9:00am ~ 12:00pm, at Lawrence Technological University. This is an introductory level workshop on NXTG programming. Please Contact Doug Czinder, IEEE SEM Robotics & Automation Chair to register: [email protected]  or Jeff Sparling, Robofest Coordinator at LTU: [email protected] . Register early – space is limited!

 

(4) RoboParade Info meeting and free NXT workshop for teachers/parents, Oct 11, 2008

RoboParade is an excellent opportunity to learn robotics while having fun. We will be having a brief informational meeting on Sat. Oct. 11 from 9:00 to 9:30am. Robofest is providing free hands-on Lego NXT workshop for teachers/parents till noon in the Buell Management Bld, room M218 at Lawrence Tech in Southfield. To register, send email to Joe Long, [email protected]

 

(5) Join Thanksgiving RoboParade, Saturday, November 22

Robofest veteran and rookie teams in Michigan are invited to join the 3rd annual Thanksgiving RoboParade on Saturday, November 22, 2008 at Lawrence Tech, 9am ~ 11:30am. (Please note that the date has changed from Nov 15th!) For additional details about the RoboParade, please visit the Robofest home page at www.robofest.net. Team registration begins today.

 

(6) Student in FL Looking for a Robofest Team to Join!

Please help us to place the following student on Robofest Teams:

 

In or near Clearwater, Florida, a middle school male student looking for a team to join.  Any Coach who has room for this student to join their team should contact the parent at the following e-mail:  [email protected]   We appreciate your help in placing eager students!!

 

(7) Robofest Seeking Site Hosts for 2009 Competition Season

Robofest is currently seeking site hosts for the 2009 Competition Season.  Qualifying Competition Sites are needed in March and April of 2009.  Top teams from each site will qualify to move on to compete at the World Robofest Championships, which will be held on the campus of LTU on Saturday, May 2, 2009.  Interested individuals, organizations, or schools should contact Robofest coordinator Jerri Ureel at [email protected] or check out www.robofest.net and click on “For Site Hosts” link. We are accepting applications until November 30.

 

(8) Robofest is Seeking Sponsors for 2009 Competition

In an effort to keep Robofest a low-cost affordable contest for everyone, we are seeking sponsors for the 2009 season.  If you or your organization is interested in helping to support the important work of Robofest, please contact Jeff Sparling, [email protected]  Robofest appreciates any type of support, big or small.  Robofest accepts both cash contributions and in-kind services donations.  Please contact us if you are able to support Robofest in any way. Robofest plans to print the promotional posters in December; in order to put your company or organization logo on the poster, we will need sponsorship commitments by the end of November. Sponsorship (pledge) form can be found at http://www.robofest.net/2009/Sponsorship09form.doc

 

(9)  Robofest 2008 Video and Report

Robofest streaming video is available at http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8438453295391266468&hl=en (A link can be found at www.robofest.net)

 

If you need a DVD of the video, please send an email to [email protected] with your mailing address.

Robofest 2008 summary report is available at www.robofest.net under News section.

 

The Official Report for the Robofest 2008 Season has been finalized and posted on the web.

 

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CJ Chung, Associate Professor, Robofest Director, [email protected]

Jeff Sparing, Robofest Coordinator, [email protected], 248-204-3566

Jerri Ureel, Robofest Coordinator, [email protected], 248-204-3568

Susan Latos, Robofest Assistant Coordinator, [email protected], 248-204-3569

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

 

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21000 W. Ten Mile, Southfield MI 48075

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