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1
Kick-off Info Meeting
16th
2015
V1.21 1/15/15
This Power Point Presentation file can be found
at www.robofest.net under Whats New Section
2
Welcome to Robofest 2015Little robots, Big
Missions
  • Lynn Garrison, Coordinator
  • Teri Dubois, Associate Coordinator
  • Chris Parker, Program Assistant
  • Marilyn Weisman, MCS Dept.
  • David Carbery
  • Gordon Stein
  • Levi White
  • Chris Suchezky
  • Colin Ross
  • Many other LTU student assistants
  • Dr. CJ Chung, Prof. of Computer Science, Founder
    and Director, chung_at_ltu.edu
  • Dr. Chris Cartwright, Associate Prof. of Math
  • Dr. Joe DeRose
  • Dr. Fred Brauchler
  • Dr. Kurt Meister
  • Prof. Keith Bozin
  • Prof. Maurice Tedder
  • Prof. Jon Ruszala
  • Many other LTU professors

3
Robofest 2015 Kick-off Informational Meeting
Agenda
  1. Overview
  2. Rules for each Main Competition category
  3. Intro to Open Competition categories
  4. 2015 Registration
  5. Schedule
  6. Q A

4
Robofest Mission Statement
  • Robofests mission is to
  • Inspire K-16 students for Science, Technology,
    Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM),
  • Develop creativity and problem solving skills,
    and
  • Prepare them to excel in higher education and
    technological careers. 

5
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)
  • Qualifying Competitions, Michigan Championship
    World Championship
  • Age Divisions
  • Jr. Division 5th 8th (in spring 2015)
  • Sr. Division 9th 12th (in spring 2015)
  • Variety of competition categories for more
    opportunities in STEM learning

6
2015 Season Opportunities
  • Main Competitions
  • Game
  • Exhibition
  • Other Open Competition Categories
  • Vision Centric Challenge (Vcc)
  • BottleSumo
  • Unknown Mission Challenge (UMC)

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Robofest 2015 Kick-off Info Meeting Agenda
  1. Overview
  2. Rules for each Main Competition category
  3. Intro to Open Competition categories
  4. 2015 Registration
  5. Schedule
  6. Q A

8
Main Competitions
Competition Category Age Division Team Size Robot Unknown factors
Game RoboBowl Jr. Sr. Max 5 Any Yes
Exhibition() Jr. Sr. Max 5 Any No
() World Robot Olympiad Open Category
Connection Team Registration Fee 50
9
RoboBowl 2015 Game
  • Knock down 4 pins (water bottles) by bowling max.
    7 tennis balls
  • Measure the height of the black rectangle in
    millimeters

10
2015 Game RoboBowl Animations
  • http//youtu.be/LJ0afkDSuZA
  • Or go to www.robofest.net and click on Game
    link
  • More animation videos covering error cases will
    be available on the Game page soon.

11
RoboBowl Rules
  • 7 tennis balls (modification not allowed) 2 min
    per round
  • The robot can carry (play) only one ball at a
    time.
  • Once the ball is released, it cannot be
    (re-)moved by anyone.
  • The ball is manually loaded by a human player
    only when the robot is at Home Base.
  • Players may touch/modify the bot when it is on or
    over the HB
  • The robot cannot physically touch the No Robot
    zone, Part of the robot may hover above the No
    Robot zone, as long as it does not touch the
    table surface.
  • Robot must return to Home Base after each bowl,
    to get the next ball.
  • The robot is required to display the height x of
    the black rectangle printed on the letter size
    paper in millimeters on LCD panel after the game
    is over.

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If any of the following violation occurs, a ball
is removed marked as dead. Restart at Home. The
clock does not stop!
  • Human contact with the official playing field
    materials, other than balls at Home Base
  • Human contact with the robot at any point on
    table other than Home Base
  • Robot falls off the table (Any part of the robot
    is touching the floor)
  • If any part of the robot touches the No Robot
    zone. The black tape itself is not regarded as No
    robot Zone.
  • The ball was released when any part of the robot
    was touching the No Bowl Zone, near Home Base.
    The black tape itself is not regarded as No Bowl
    Zone.
  • Any attempt to knock down pins other than bowling
    the tennis ball. For example, air.

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Rules to Play Two Rounds and Determine Winners
  • Playing field configuration including box size
    may be different for each round.
  • Teams will be given 30 minutes after unknown
    factors are unveiled and the Emcee shall announce
    the following No adult is allowed in the pit
    area
  • All teams must submit their robot to the impound
    area when 30 minutes has expired.
  • After impounding, the judges will re-setup
    tables.
  • Winners in each age division will be decided by
    the average Final Score of the 2 rounds. Tie
    breakers will be (1) best Final Score of two
    rounds, (2) rerun, if needed.

14
Playing Field Layout
15
Differences between Junior and Senior age
divisions
16
Pin Setup
17
Pin Setup Another View
18
Pin locator papers
2015
2015
Sr
Jr
19
Black Rectangle Shape on a Paper
20
Robot Specifications (For both Junior and Senior
Division)
  • Robot may expand to bowl the ball. However, it
    still must fit in within a box with 35cm x 35 cm
    base (height of the measuring box is unlimited)
    when fully expanded.
  • Height and weight limitation none
  • Any number of sensors/sensor types (unless it is
    harmful to humans)
  • Any number/type of motors/servo motors
    (multiplexor is OK to use)
  • Any material/robot kit may be used to construct
    your robot including tape, glue, bolts and nuts,
    rubber bands, etc.
  • Team ID tag on top of the robot is required.

21
Scoring Sheet (1/2)
22
Scoring Sheet (2/2)
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FAQs (1)
  • Q1. A bottle was knocked down or moved because it
    was hit by anther bottle. Is that counted as
    knocked down or moved? Yes
  • Q2. A ball was released or dropped in the No Bowl
    Zone. What should Judge do? It is a violation!
    Judge will announce the ball as dead, remove the
    ball, and ask the team to restart with a new
    ball.
  • Q3. A ball was released when the robot was
    touching the No Robot Zone and a bottle was
    knocked down. What should Judge do? It is a
    violation! Judge will announce the ball as dead,
    remove the ball, reset the bottle, and ask the
    team to restart with a new ball.
  • Q4. The robot fell off the table while holding a
    ball. What should Judge do? Violation! Judge will
    take the ball and announce the ball as dead, and
    ask the team to restart with a new ball.
  • Q5. The robot without a ball fell off the table
    when it comes back to Home Base. What should
    Judge do? Violation! Judge will take one ball and
    announce the ball as dead, and ask the team to
    restart with a new ball.

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FAQs (2)
  • Q6. A human player touches the robot with a ball
    outside Home Base. What should Judge do?
    Violation! Judge will take the ball and announce
    the ball as dead, and ask the team to restart
    with a new ball.
  • Q7. A human player touches the robot without a
    ball outside Home Base. What should Judge do?
    Violation! Judge will take a ball and announce
    the ball as dead, and ask the team to restart
    with a new ball.
  • Q8. There was a violation, but there is no ball
    alive. What should Judge do? Judge will ask the
    team to restart. (The team may try the rectangle
    shape height reporting)
  • Q9. Can the height of the rectangle shape be
    measured more than once? Yes. But it should be
    reported only once at the end of the game.
  • Q10. A ball hits and moves a bottle but does not
    knock it down. Can the team request the reset of
    the bottle? No.
  • Q11. Is there any penalty if the robot hits the
    wall? No.

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FAQ(3)
  • Q12. Will the Judge give a starting orientation
    for the robot? No. The robot can use any
    orientation.
  • Q13. A ball was dropped on Bowl Zone or No
    Robot Zone. Is the ball removed? No, Judge will
    not remove the ball, since it is not a violation.
  • Q14. What happens if your robot cant come back
    Home Base? A player can pick up the robot. But
    violation will be announced.
  • Q15. Can the robot just stop after the last bowl
    and display the value? Yes
  • Q16. Can multiple programs be used? Yes. But the
    program selection must be done only at Home.
  • Q17. Can the robot be repaired at Home Base? Yes
  • Q18. The measurement is shown to Judge. Can they
    continue to bowl? No. If you show the number, the
    game is over.

26
Exhibition Competition Category
  • Complete freedom to show off any type of creative
    intelligent robotics project - Robotics Science
    Fair
  • Recommended Theme for 2015 Natural Resource
    Exploration - Using robots to help humans explore
    for natural resources in hazardous environments -
    WRO 2015 Theme
  • Must employ sensors
  • Human to Robot, Robot to Robot interaction
    strongly encouraged
  • Sharing online videos (such as YouTube) is highly
    recommended

27
New! Exhibition Competition WRO Open Category
  • An Exhibition team can be an WRO USA Open
    Category, if the team meets the following
    criteria
  • Must use the WRO 2015 Theme Natural Resource
    Exploration
  • NXT or EV3 controller should be a part of the
    project
  • WRO Age Rules
  • Elementary up to 12 years old in 2015
  • Junior High 13 to 15 years old in 2015
  • Senior High 16 to 19 years in 2015
  • Dr. CJ Chung, WRO USA Director will select and
    invite Exhibition teams to WRO USA Final

28
Exhibition Example Projects
  • Visit www.robofest.net and click on Prior Years,
    then Prior Year Exhibitions.
  • Videos and pictures
  • All the top winners since 2002

29
Exhibition Judging
  • View the Exhibition Judging Rubric online by
    going to www.Robofest.net ? Exhibition
  • The application of math and science theories
    which are appropriate to the team members age
    level is a strong plus for judging. Not
    appropriate to the age level is OK, but it may
    not give any advantages for the judging.
  • One member team is allowed, but will get lowest
    score for teamwork

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Robofest 2015 Kick-off Info Meeting Agenda
  1. Overview
  2. Rules for each Main Competition category
  3. Intro to Open Competition categories
  4. 2015 Registration
  5. Schedule
  6. Q A

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2015 Open Competition Categories
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2015 Open Competition Categories
  • Open competitions - do not require a qualifying
    competition
  • Competitions will be held during World
    Championship, May 15-16
  • First come, first served. Space is limited.
    Register and pay registration fee early!
    Registration will open in late March.

33
Vision Centric Challenge (VCC) - MinMax
  • Vision based Robot navigation challenge for
    advanced high school/college
  • Open event, does not require a qualifier
  • Rules www.Robofest.net ? Vcc
  • 2015 challenge Find the max waypoint and spin
    twice, then find the min waypoint and stop.

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BottleSumo
  • Be the first robot to push intentionally a bottle
    off the table OR be the last robot remaining on
    the table.
  • Open event, does not require a qualifying
    competition
  • www.Robofest.net ? BottleSumo

Jr. Division
Sr. Division
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BottleSumo Jr. vs. Sr. Division
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Unknown Mission Challenge (UMC)
  • Open event, does not require qualifier
  • Jr and Sr divisions
  • Missions are completely unknown until day of
    challenge
  • NXT or EV3 only
  • All robot components must be un-assembled at the
    beginning of the competiotion
  • UMC Rules www.Robofest.net ? UMC

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Robofest 2015 Kick-off Info Meeting Agenda
  1. Overview
  2. Rules for each Main Competition category
  3. Intro to Open Competition categories
  4. 2015 Registration How to advance
  5. Schedule
  6. Q A

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World Championship
May 15-16, 2015 LTU, Michigan, USA
  • US (Non-MI) Screening
  • Game by scores at Qualifiers
  • Exhibition by submitted Video (due April 18)

Michigan Championship
International Qualifiers
International Video Qualifier
May 2, 2015 at LTU
US (Non-MI) Qualifiers
US Video Qualifier
Michigan Qualifiers
Open Categories (VCC, BottleSumo, UMC)
Game or Exhibition
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2015 Qualifying Sites for Game/Exhibition
  • Complete list at robofest.net ? Registration
  • United States MI, HI, TX, FL, IN, CA, IL, OH,
    WA,
  • International Canada, India, Korea, Mexico,
    South Africa, France,
  • Video Submission Site (see next slide)
  • Early date qualifying sites will advance more
    teams than later date sites!
  • Still accepting site host applications - Email
    robofest_at_ltu.edu

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Submitting a Qualifier Video US Teams outside
MI International teams
  • Video Submission in Game and Exhibition is
    available to teams who do not have a Robofest
    Qualifier in close proximity
  • Game teams contact robofest_at_ltu.edu prior to the
    submission to get unknown factors
  • When submitting a video, the coach must include
    the signed submission form available
    http//www.robofest.net/2015/VideoSubForm15.pdf
  • All videos must be received by Sat. April 11,
    2015, Noon EDT
  • Email the video link to robofest_at_ltu.edu is the
    preferred method
  • Site IDs to register
  • USA Video Qualifier USA_Video_Qualifier
  • International Video Qualifier International_Video
    _Qualifier

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Recognition of Video Submission Teams
  • Medals and Certificates will be mailed to each
    coach
  • Winners will be decided by Judges appointed by
    Robofest office
  • Winners trophies will be shipped to the coach

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Michigan Championship
  • To be held at LTU on Sat., May 2, 2015
  • Top teams from each Michigan qualifying
    competition will advance to Michigan Championship
  • Open category competitions (BottleSumo, UMC, and
    VCC) will NOT be part of MI Championship, only
    World Championship

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World Robofest Championship
  • Lawrence Tech University, Southfield, MI on May
    15-16, 2015
  • BottleSumo and UMC will be held on Friday May 15
    (Open competition categories)
  • Game, Exhibition, Vcc will be held on Saturday
    May 16
  • World Conference integrated on STEaM Education
    through Robotics (WISER) will NOT be held this
    year.

44
Non Michigan Teams How to advance to the World
Championship
  • Winners of the US Non Michigan Qualifying
    competitions will compete for an invitation to
    the World Championships
  • Winning Exhibition teams must submit a video of
    their robot exhibition by April 18, 2015 by
    emailing video link to robofest_at_ltu.edu
  • Game scores will be submitted by site hosts
  • Teams winning an invitation to World
    Championships will be notified by Robofest World
    Headquarters April 25, 2015

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

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Registration FAQ
  • Can a coach register multiple teams at a site
    Yes
  • Can a coach using one coach ID to register teams
    in multiple sites? Yes
  • Can a student be a member of multiple teams?
  • Yes, but not the same category
  • For example, a student can participate in Game as
    well as BottleSumo
  • Can a team, for example a Game team, register at
    multiple sites? No

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Registration Deadline
  • 21 days (3 weeks) before the 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
    submission

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Becoming a Team Coach
  • Any teacher, school administrator, parent (not
    necessarily from a school), tech specialist, or
    scientist/engineer is eligible to be a coach.
  • Coaches must be adults without criminal record.
  • 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 2015
    Coachs Pledge

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Roles of Team Coach
  • Recruit team volunteers, including tech mentors
    and assistant coaches, if needed
  • Find sponsors
  • Facilitate team meetings
  • Enter/update the team data and upload team
    robot photos
  • Collect Consent Release forms to submit at all
    event check-ins
  • Coordinate online pre post assessment

50
Age Division Waiver Requests
  • Coaches must submit the Age Division Waiver
    Request Form by email or fax, if there is any age
    exception.
  • Robofest will return the form to the coach with
    approval or disapproval.
  • Usually, playing up from Jr to Sr is permitted.

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Steps to Register a Team
  1. Read 2015 rules if you are a returning coach, go
    to 4 below.
  2. Go to robofest.net, click on Coach Login, 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 competition 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

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Robofest 2015 Kick-off Info Meeting Agenda
  1. Overview
  2. Rules for each Main Competition category
  3. Intro to Open Competition categories
  4. 2015 Registration
  5. Schedule Misc.
  6. Q A

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2015 Main Season Schedule
  • Dec 4 Rules announced posted on the web Team
    registration begins
  • Early January finalization of Rules watch for
    eNews announcement. Join eNews list at
    robofest.net
  • Jan Feb 2015 Technical workshops, On-site
    workshops
  • Feb 21 Warm-up at LTU (Judge Training)
  • Mar early Apr Qualifiers, post assessment
  • April 11 Video Qualifier deadline
  • April 18 Video Screening deadline
  • May 2 Michigan Championship
  • May 15-16 World Robofest Championship

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Workshops
  • Dec 6, 9am4pm Vcc L2Bot workshop
  • Feb or March, 9am4pm Vcc L2Bot workshop
  • Webinars for RoboBowl Game Mid Jan and Early Feb
  • RoboBowl Game workshops at LTU Jan 17, 24, 31,
    and Feb 7 (repeated)
  • BottleSumo workshop Early April
  • Tentative Schedule under Whats New at
    www.robofest.net
  • On campus workshops are only for registered and
    paid teams

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RoboBowl Game Field Kits will be available for
purchase
  • Robofest office M219 in Jan Feb.
  • 20 (without table)
  • The kits consists of 4 bottles, 7 tennis balls,
    wood wall, foil tape, letter papers, and dual
    locks
  • robofestoffice_at_gmail.com
  • Robofest Office will ship RoboBowl Game kits for
    each official host site (as listed in site host
    agreement)

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Online Surveys for Math and Science (anonymous)
  • Pre-survey Instructions will be emailed to
    coaches in January.
  • Post-survey After the qualifier, instructions
    will be emailed to coaches in early April.
  • We need control groups (non Robofest students).
    If interested, please email chung_at_ltu.edu

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