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How to Start a New Robofest Team How to Start a New Robofest Team Starting a Robofest Team is much easier compared to other robotics competitions Robofest is affordable, only $40 to register a team Team size is small 2 – 7 students

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How to Start a New Robofest Team

  • Starting a Robofest Team is much easier compared to other robotics competitions

    • Robofest is affordable, only $40 to register a team

    • Team size is small 2 – 7 students

    • Team can be formed by any type of organization, club, home school, public or private school, etc.

    • You can re-use robots and playing field materials

    • Focused on kids learning the technologies – you don’t need to spend time on research presentations

    • Robofest provides teams and coaches with systematic support & teaching resources


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Getting Started:

  • Visit www.robofest.net for more information and to sign up for our electronic mailing list

  • Register as a coach to receive important e-mail information and updates on 2007 Season

    • There is no cost to register as a Coach, you can register on-line at www.robofest.net

  • Who can be a coach?

    • Robofest requires the coach to be an adult

    • School teacher or administrator

    • Parent

    • Mentor


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Can I be a Coach, if I don’t Know Anything about Robotics?

  • Yes, you can

  • Your role is to then find a technical mentor(s) to work with your team

  • You can be in charge of other team administrative responsibilities

  • You will learn robotics together with your team members. A great way to learn!


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How To Start a Team if You are a School Teacher or Administrator

  • Find parent volunteers who are interested in helping the team as technical mentors (very important). Volunteers do not need experience in robotics, just an interest in or general engineering/technical knowledge

  • After registering as a coach, in January you can register your team on the Robofest web site

  • Put together a playing field if your team is going to participate in the Game or RoboSumo Competition

  • Ask students to attend free workshops at LTU (or watch web casts or recorded web casts)

  • Assign some of the team work as (group) homework

  • Integrate as an after-school program


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To Start a Team if You are a Parent (School is Not Interested in…)

  • Find other parents who are interested in forming a student team and parents who could give technical help to your team (very important)

  • After you have registered as a coach, starting in January you can register your team on the Robofest web site

  • Put together a playing field if your team is going to participate in the Game or RoboSumo Competition

  • Ask your students to attend free workshops at LTU (or watch webcasts or recorded webcasts)

  • Assign some of the team work as (group) homework

  • Integration in a home


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How to Select a Robot Kit Interested in…)

  • Robofest allows any type of robot kit or programming software

  • If you starting a new team, check to see if there are robot kits currently available at your school or if one of your students has a robot kit at home.

  • If no robot is available to you, we recommend the following:

    • If you are an expert of a specific robot kit or you have someone as technical mentor who is an expert of a specific type of robot kit, then use that kit

    • If you are a robotics novice and there is no technical mentor around you -- selecting a LEGO robot kit would be a safe choice. LEGO robots are easy to learn and teach.


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How Much Does is Cost to Participate in Robofest? Interested in…)

  • Team Registration Fee: only $40,+ possible qualifying site fee of $20

  • Robot kits (Lego NXT) run $250.00 per kit.

  • If you need to purchase kits, we can provide you with information on options & resources. Most kits can be ordered on-line, depending on the number of kits you need. You may use any type of robot kit/platform, materials, tape, glue, and any type of software.


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How Much Does is Cost to Participate in Robofest? c Interested in…)ontinued…

  • Game Competition: Each Game Team needs two robots; playing field materials are $75.00 for one field. If you have a field from a past season you can re-use it , you don’t need to buy a new field each year.

  • RoboSumo Competition (new division for ‘07): One robot required, Playing Field is $40.50

  • Exhibition Competition: Teams can use as many robots as they would like, a minimum of one robot is required.


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“I registered a team and I want to learn robotics myself. Is it too late to learn?”

  • No, now is the perfect time for you to learn! The Lego NXT box says, it is “for ages 10 and up.” Yes, it is time and you can do it.

  • Best way to begin to learn

    • Use the multimedia tutorial on the software CD provided in your kit to learn programming basics

    • Build a simple robot and program it to do a few things such as stopping, starting, turning, use the touch sensor, light sensor, etc. -- There is nothing better than hands-on learning!


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Best Way to Learn Is it too late to learn?”Continued…..

  • Search the web for resources, including the Robofest site, to get more techniques and ideas that you can use with your students

  • Network with other coaches, mentors, and teams through on-line forums

  • Attend LTU programming workshops with your students. A full schedule of workshops for registered Robofest teams will be published in January


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It is Never to Late to Learn….. Is it too late to learn?”

  • Here is the good news – A self taught team will often outperform a spoon-fed team.

  • Robotics education provides for engaging, hands-on application oriented learning

  • The kids are the main focus of this learning experience. You however, will learn along with them, and the kids may even teach you a thing or two!

  • There is a learning curve. Your team may not do well the first year, but your team will do better the second year


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What Will My Students Gain From Being a Part of Robofest? Is it too late to learn?”

  • Robofest sparks student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics

  • Robofest encourages team work & helps students develop critical thinking skills

  • Robofest participation increases students’ math and science knowledge/scores

  • Encourages students to pursue careers in engineering & science related fields

  • Robofest will recognize your students achievement with medals and personalized certificates of achievement


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Robofest 2007 Season Timeline Is it too late to learn?”

  • Coaches Can Register On-line Now

  • December ’06 - Competition Rules, Game Rules, and RoboSumo Rules will be announced

  • January ’07 – Coaches can register Teams & Select Robofest Competition Location

  • March & April ’07 – Qualifying Competitions, top teams from each site qualify to move on to compete at Worlds

  • April 27, ’07 (evening) - RoboSumo Qualifying Competition Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI, USA

  • April 28, ’07 World Robofest 2007 Championship, LTU Campus, Southfield, MI, USA


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Robofest Questions, Contact Us: Is it too late to learn?”

  • Visit ww.robofest.net

  • Lori Birman, Robofest Program Coordinator, [email protected], Phone: 248-204-3566

  • Contact Dr. CJ Chung, Robofest Director, [email protected], Phone: 248-204-3504


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