Robofest Newsletter, 11-20-2003

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Contents

(1) Robot Hall of Fame

(2) Robofest 2004 Sponsorship Update

(3) FLL Regional Competitions

(4) A Mini Lecture on Lego Interfacing

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(1) Robot Hall of Fame

The School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University established the Robot Hall of Fame to honor landmark achievements in robotics technology and the increasing contributions of robots to human endeavors. On Nov. 10, they announced the first four inductees, which are the Pathfinder Sojourner Rover, Unimate (the first industrial robot arm that worked on the assembly line by GM), R2D2 and HAL. For more information, go to www.robothalloffame.org

 

(2) Robofest 2004 Sponsorship Update

Robofest has never charged a registration fee to its participants. Some of these students are from inner-city Detroit and have never had the opportunity to engage in robotics before participating in Robofest.  Robofest has grown rapidly, spreading to three hosting sites in 2003: Lawrence Technological University (Southfield, Michigan), The Dexter-Elmhurst Family and Community Center (Detroit), and Hollis/Brookline High School (Hollis, New Hampshire).  Nationally, 101 teams with a total of 305 students participated in the fourth annual Robofest from January through May 4, 2003. We know that it was not possible without generous sponsors. For more information about previous sponsors of Robofest, please visit our website: www.robofest.net and click on the links for each year.

 

Because of the rapid growth and associated rise in costs of Robofest, we must now seek additional sponsorship if we intend to keep registration free to all students.  We are now in the process of planning next year’s national Robofest 2004 and would like to invite anyone and any company to become our corporate sponsor.  Together, we can realize our mutual educational goals for the future. For more information about Robofest sponsorships and benefits, please go to www.robofest.net/sponsors.htm

 

(3) FLL Regional Competitions

Most FLL (First Lego League) regional competitions will be held on Sat. Nov. 22 in various locations. If you are interested in watching the event in Michigan, go to the FLL Michigan homepage at http://eng-sci.udmercy.edu/precol/fll/ or Michigan FLL tournament list at http://eng-sci.udmercy.edu/precol/fll/2003/2003_tourn_list.htm Admission is free.

 

(4) A Mini Lecture on Lego Interfacing

Don Wilcher, the author of "LEGO Mindstorms Interfacing", is going to give a mini lecture on Lego electrical/electronics interfacing on Monday, December 1, 6:00pm at Lawrence Tech University, room CW51. Please RSVP to [email protected], since the seating is limited.

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Math and Computer Science Department/Robotics Lab

Chan-Jin Chung, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Robofest organizer

Lawrence Tech University

21000 W. Ten Mile, Southfield  MI 48075

[email protected]          qbx6.ltu.edu/chung      www.robofest.net

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