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Title: 12th anniversary Robofest 2011 Kick-off Info Meeting December 4, 2010 , 2:30 pm EST December 7, 2010, 5:30 pm EST January 8, 2011, 4:00 pm EST revised 2-25-11

12th anniversary Robofest 2011 Kick-off Info
Meeting December 4, 2010 , 230 pm ESTDecember
7, 2010, 530 pm ESTJanuary 8, 2011, 400 pm
ESTrevised 2-25-11Inspiring Young Minds to
Master the Machine.
Please download a zip file containing Robofest
2011 rule documents at www.robofest.net (under
Whats New section) The (webinar) meeting
will begin shortly.
The Zipped file contains the following files
12th anniversary Robofest 2011 Kick-off Info
Meeting Inspiring Young Minds to Master the
Welcome to Robofest 2011 Little robots,
Big Missions
  • CJ Chung, Associate Prof. of Computer Science,
    Founder and Director
  • Chris Cartwright, Associate Prof. of Math,
    Program Manager
  • Jerri Ureel, Robofest Coordinator, jureel_at_ltu.edu
  • Teri Dubois, Associate Coordinator,
  • Susan Latos, Assistant Coordinator
  • Other Staff
  • Tiffany Platt
  • Keith Bozin
  • Joe Long
  • Taiga Sato
  • Wendy MacLennan
  • Jon Nabozny
  • Jamie MacLennan
  • Ryan Matthews
  • Sara Moss
  • Dan Rosendale
  • Dan Anderegg
  • Jane Tarakhovsky
  • Kurt Meister

Kick-off Info Meeting Agenda
  • Overview of Robofest
  • 2011 Rules for each Main Competition category
  • Introduction to Associate Competitions
  • 2011 Registration
  • Schedule
  • Q A

Please join the Robofest eNews list at
Goals of Robofest
  • Motivate students interest in STEM subjects
  • Integrate STEM subjects into autonomous Robotics
  • Put theories into practice through Robotics
  • Promote students creative and innovative
  • Build the work force of the future

Features of Robofest
  • Autonomous - Sensors required
  • Challenging - dynamic playing fields, unknown
    factors, and no direct adult help allowed
  • Any robotics system
  • Affordable (reusing old kits reg. fee 50)
  • Pre and Post Assessments (on-line)
  • Qualifiers, Regionals World Championship
  • Age Divisions
  • Jr. Division (4)5th 8th
  • Sr. Division 9th 12th
  • Associate Competitions for Advanced and College

2011 Season Opportunities
  • Main Competitions
  • Game
  • Exhibition
  • RoboFashion Dance Show
  • Associate Competitions
  • Vision Centric Challenge (VCC)
  • nVn Multi Robot Team Sumo
  • FIRST Vision Challenge (Tentative)

Main Competitions
Competition Category Age Division Team Size Robot Unknown factors Assessment
Game - BTOS Jr. Sr. Max 7 Any Yes Yes
Exhibition Jr. Sr. Max 7 Any No Yes
Fashion Dance Show Jr. Max 7 Any No Yes
Registration Fee 50
3 levels of Main Competition
2011 Qualifying Sites
  • United States MI, HI, TX, FL, IN, MN, OH, NH,
  • International
  • Canada Ontario, Alberta
  • Korea, China, Russia?, etc.
  • Video Submission
  • Check out the complete list at robofest.net

Submitting a Qualifier Video
  • Video Submission in Games, Exhibition, and
    Fashion Show is available to teams who do not
    have a Robofest Qualifier in close proximity
  • Game teams must contact robofest_at_LTU.edu prior to
    the video submission to get unknown factors
  • When submitting a video, the coach must include
    the signed submission form available at
    www.robofest.net / 2011 link
  • All videos must be received by Apr 2, 2011

Recognition of Video Submission Teams (New Slide
Added on 2-25-11)
  • Medals and Certificates will be mailed to the
    coach address
  • Winners will be decided by Judges appointed by
    Robofest office.
  • Winner trophies will be mailed to the coach

Regional Championships (RC)
  • Top teams from each qualifier will advance to a
  • Asia-pacific RC January 21, Hanyang U, Korea
  • Michigan RC April 16, Lawrence Tech, 60 team
    slots available
  • Video RC
  • Phone interview possible
  • No video required for Game teams (scores from
    Qualifiers to be used)
  • Exhibition/Robofashion teams must provide video
    sharing site link by noon Apr 9, 2011
  • Number of World team slots allocated to each
    Regional will be determined in March.

Online Assessment for Math and Science
  • Pre-assessment Instructions will be emailed to
    coaches in January
  • Post-assessment After the qualifier,
    instructions will be emailed to coaches in early
  • We need control groups (non Robofest students).
    If interested, please email to Dr. Cartwright,

World Robofest Championship
  • 60-65 teams will be invited from Regional
    Championships (RCs)
  • Friday, May 6, 2011 12th anniversary dinner
  • Saturday, May 7, 2011 World Robofest
  • Lawrence Technological University, Southfield,
    Michigan, in the Don Ridler Field House

Team Photo Contest for Main Competition
  • A team picture needs to be uploaded within 3
    weeks after the team registration and at least 10
    days prior to the Qualifier.
  • Selection criteria team spirit, unity, harmony,
    uniqueness, etc.
  • Winners will be announced during the World
    Championship on May 7, 2011

Exhibition Competition Category
  • Complete freedom to show off any type of creative
    autonomous robotics project
  • Must employ sensors
  • Human to Robot, Robot to Robot interaction
    strongly encouraged
  • Using robotics to learn/teach STEM highly
    recommended. For example, Power Energy related
    experiments some free energy sensors will be
    available for high school teams
  • Sharing online video (such as YouTube or
    SchoolTube) is highly recommended

RoboFashion Dance Show
  • Two robots are recommended
  • Communication between two robots
  • Human to Robot, Robot to Robot interaction
    strongly encouraged
  • Stage
  • Two 30x72 plastic (folding leg) tables should
    be used
  • Team will have freedom to design their landmarks
    by themselves
  • Bring the tables to the competition site

Block the Oil Spill - Game 2011
In order to stop the oil spill in deepwater, an
autonomous robot is being sent to cap 3 leaking
Learning objectives logic, ratio, proportion,
circles, angles, math operations, measuring, and
Pythagoras' theorem.
Robofest 2011 Game Block the Oil Spill Video
http//www.youtube.com/watch?vqUoew9XFb_Y or
play BTOS.mp4 file in the zip
Playing Field Layout (Sr. Division)
Playing Field Layout (Jr. Division)
The rest of playing field is same as Sr.
  • 2 rounds, 2 minutes per round
  • Playing field unknown factors for each round will
    be different
  • Teams will be given 30 minutes after the playing
    field is unveiled and the playing field
    parameters (a/b and c) are given.
  • All teams must submit their robot to the impound
    area when 30 minutes has expired and after their
    2 min round has been completed This is
    different from previous years!

How to start the robot
  • Robot must start with any part on or over the
    Home Base plate (aluminum tape) and any part of
    the robot must not cross the red Home Base line
    it may hang over the edges of the table.
  • Players may touch / modify / pickup or load the
    cup when the robot is on or over the aluminum
    tape. Watch the video!

Rule Violations
  • Penalty (-5) points (no more than two times)
  • If any part of the robot is touched outside of
    Home Base by a player
  • Playing field (not cups) is touched by a player
  • Robot touches the leaking pipe
  • After the violation is announced
  • The robot must be re-started from Home Base
  • Playing field will not be reset

Scoring Sheet (1)
Scoring Sheet (2)
Robot Specifications
  • Max length and width 35cm x 76cm.
  • Height and weight no limit
  • One brain
  • Any number of sensors/sensor types
  • Any number of motors
  • Any material
  • Any programming language
  • Must have a team ID tag

  • Can a player load the cup by hand during the
    game? Yes
  • Where can we do that? On or over the foil tape,
    player can pick up the robot to load the cup
  • Can we use touch sensor to measure the length of
    the Pipe 3 structure (not Pipe 3)? Yes
  • Can we get the points of reading pipe 3
    structure, if Rock is still on table? No
  • Can we use a light sensor to detect the Pipe 2?
    Though not recommended, Yes
  • Is Color of the leaking pipes always white? No,
    it is unknown

2011 Associate Competitions
  • June 4-5 at Oakland University during IGVC
  • Open Competitions will also be available before
  • First come, first served, as the number of teams
    allowed in Associate categories will be limited
    at each venue

Associate Competitions
Competition Category Age Division Team Size Robot Unknown factors Assessment
2v2 Multi Robot Team Sumo H.S. Sr. College Max 2 or 3 Any Yes No
Vision Centric Challenge (VCC) H.S. Sr. College Max 2 or 3 Any Partly yes No
FIRST Vision Challenge H.S. Sr. Max 7 FIRST robot Partly yes No
Registration fee 50
nVn Multi Robot Team Sumo
  • n 2, a team of two robots in 2011
  • 1 match up to 3 games
  • 1 game - up to 2 minutes

DFA (Deadly Friendly Attack)
  • A robot team loses a game if a robot is out of
    the table (intentionally or unintentionally)
    pushed by a friend robot

Pink loses the game. Game ends!
How to start/play the game
  • Size weight must be checked for each match
  • Press the start button of one robot. Then the
    robot must send wireless signal such as Bluetooth
    to start the other robot.
  • Go to robofest.net and click on nVnRoboSumo link
    for more details

Vision Centric Challenge
  • Vision-based robot competition
  • Senior and College Divisions
  • More difficult than previous years

Go to robofest.net/collegiate for 2011 Rules and
to watch a video of past competitions
2011 VCC courseMini IGVC Autonomous Challenge
FIRST Vision Challenge (FVC)
  • Using FIRST robot 2011 vision system
  • To read arrow directions and/or other traffic
  • Competition date June 4-5 or TBD
  • Go to robofest.net for detailed 2011 Rules

How to Register a Team for both main associate
  1. Read 2011 rules if returning coach, go to 4
  2. Go to robofest.net and submit New Coach
    Registration form
  3. Confirm the registration at your email account
    If you do not receive a confirmation email,
    please contact robofestoffice_at_gmail.com
  4. Log on to the coach account at robofest.net
  5. Select a qualifying site and a category per team
  6. Register team(s)
  7. Pay registration fee online using PayPal (or send
    a check)
  8. Upload team photo update team info as necessary

Registration FAQ
  • Can a coach register multiple teams in a site
  • Can a coach using one coach ID register teams in
    multiple sites? No. A coach must get another
    coach ID

Registration Deadline
  • 21 days (3 weeks) before the (qualifying)
    competition date
  • If a division at a site does not have 5 teams or
    more, teams registered at the site may be moved
    to another site or teams can enter via video

Becoming a Team Coach
  • Any teacher, school administrator, parent, tech
    specialist, or scientist/engineer is eligible to
    be a coach.
  • Coaches must be adults without any criminal
  • Please note email is the primary and official
    communication method between the team and the
    Robofest organizer
  • Coaches must agree to and abide by the 2011
    Coachs Pledge

Roles of Team Coach
  • Recruit team volunteers, including tech mentors,
    if needed
  • Another important role of the coach is to find
    sponsors for their team(s)
  • Responsible for facilitating team meetings
  • Responsible for entering/updating the team data
    and uploading team robot photos
  • Collect Consent Release forms to submit at all
    event check-ins
  • Coordinate online pre post assessment

Age Division Waiver Requests
  • Coaches must submit the Age Division Waiver
    Request Form, if there is any age exception
  • Robofest will return the form to the coach with
    approval or disapproval
  • Usually, playing up is O.K.

Things to bring on Competition Day
  • Check-in fee (if required by the qualifying host)
  • A laptop or PC for each team
  • Only for exhibition teams
  • Hard copy of programs to give to judges, optional
  • Poster boards to introduce the exhibition
    description and all the necessary materials for
    the exhibition
  • Video sharing link
  • Only for Fashion/Dance teams
  • Music and appropriate device for playing it
  • Your own stage
  • A power strip and power cord
  • Extra batteries or battery charger
  • Signed Consent Release forms

2011 Main Season Schedule
  • Dec 4, 7 Rules announced and posted on the web
    kick-off meeting, coach team registration
  • Late December finalization of Rules watch for
    eNews announcement
  • Jan Feb, 2011 Technical workshops, On-site
    workshops, pre-assessment
  • Feb 19 Warm-up at LTU (Judge Training)
  • Mar 5 Apr 2 Qualifiers, post assessment
  • April 16 Regional Championships completed
  • May 7 World Robofest Championship

Note that the last qualifier is on April 2.
Teams need to prepare early this 2011 season.
Early date qualifying sites will advance more
teams than late date sites.
Technical Workshops at LTU Webinar watch for
URL by email
Date Time Workshop Location
Sat. Jan. 8 1p-4p NXTG for Game LTU, M218
Sat. Jan. 15 9a-12p NXTG for Game LTU, M218
Sat. Jan. 15 1p-4p RobotC for Game LTU, M218
Sat. Jan. 22 1p-4p LeJos Java LTU, M218
Sat. Jan. 29 1p-4p L2Bot with Java LTU, M218
Sat. Feb. 5 9a-12p NXTG for Game LTU, M218
Sat. Feb. 5 1p-4p NXTG for Fashion LTU, M218
Workshops are only for registered teams
BTOS Game Field Kits Available
  • Complete Game Field Kits available for purchase
    at the kick-off meetings only!
  • Kit includes broken pipe structures black
    foam board walls styrofoam cups
  • Price 15.00 (does not include table for field).
    Cash or check only, please.
  • One FREE Game kit for each Site Host at the Kick
    Off meetings

  • Please first read the 2011 rules
  • Send robofest_at_LTU.edu questions, comments,
    corrections, and suggestions

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