R o b o f e s t   eNewsletter, 10-3-09

 

Contents:

(1) RoboParade 2009 on Thu, Nov. 19

(2) Free Vision Centric L2Bot Workshop

(3) Introduction to Robofest – a MDSTA Fall Conference session

(4) Robofest Seeking Site Hosts for 2010 Competition Season

(5) Robofest is Seeking Sponsors for 2010 Competition

(6) NXT kit for sale

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(1) RoboParade 2009 on Thu, Nov. 19

Robofest veteran and rookie teams in Michigan are invited to join the 4th annual Thanksgiving RoboParade on Thursday, November 19, 2009 at Lawrence Tech in Michigan, 6pm~8:30pm. The parade is an excellent opportunity for beginners to learn robotics while having fun. For additional details about the RoboParade including previous videos on YouTube, please visit the Robofest home page at www.robofest.net.

 

There will be a technical workshop for the **registered teams only** on Oct. 17, from 1~4pm at Lawrence Tech.

 

(2) Free Vision Centric L2Bot Workshop

Sat. Nov. 7, 2009, 10am~4pm at Lawrence Tech in Michigan

 

Sponsored by DENSO (densocorp-na.com), LTU Autonomous Robotics Institute will offer a free vision centric L2Bot programming workshop for high school students. You’ll explore introductory concepts in autonomous robotics navigation, image processing, and computer vision while learning the basics of object-orientated Java programming. Some knowledge of a programming language is helpful, but not required. After the workshop, you'll have chance to participate in the vision centric L2Bot Challenge in December 2009 and spring 2010. To register or for more information about the workshop, please contact Dr. Chung, chung@LTU.edu .

 

(3) Introduction to Robofest – a MDSTA Fall Conference session

There will be a session to introduce Robofest during the MDSTA (Metro Detroit Science Teachers Association) Fall conference on Saturday, October 24th, 2009 at Lawrence Tech.

To register the conference, please visit: www.mdsta.org

 

(4) Robofest Seeking Site Hosts for 2010 Competition Season

Robofest is currently seeking site hosts for the 2010 Competition Season.  Qualifying Competition Sites are needed in Feb ~ April of 2010.  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 8, 2010.  Interested individuals, organizations, or schools should contact Robofest coordinator Wendy MacLennan at [email protected] or check out www.robofest.net and click on *For Site Hosts* link. We are accepting applications until November. Early respondents that become Official Site Hosts will be appearing on the promotional poster.

 

(5) Robofest is Seeking Sponsors for 2010 Competition

In an effort to keep Robofest an affordable yet highly educational competition for everyone, we are seeking sponsors for the 2010 season.  If you or your organization is interested in helping to support the important work of Robofest, please contact Dr. CJ Chung, chung@LTU.edu.  Robofest appreciates all 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. Sponsorship (pledge) form can be found at http://admin.robofest.org/2010/Sponsorship10form.doc or

http://admin.robofest.org/2010/Sponsorship10form.pdf

 

(6) NXT kit for sale

A sealed new in box Lego NXT is for sale for $225.00. The original price of the package was $279. If anyone is interested in, please email: mwengle1 (at) aol (dot) com

 

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CJ Chung, Associate Professor, Robofest Director, chung@LTU.edu

Wendy MacLennan, Robofest Coordinator, 248-204-3568, wmaclenna@ltu.edu

Tiffany Platt, Robofest Assistant Coordinator, 248-204-3569 [email protected]

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

 

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