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A Competition Motivating Young Minds to Master the Machine
Robofest is a competition of autonomous robots – programmed to act independently and not remote-controlled – thatencourages students to have fun while learning principles of physical science, computer science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), Computer Science, and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).
Students design, construct and program the robots, and adult coaches are not allowed to assist during the events.
Since 2000, over 14,000 students have competed in Robofest, including teams from 13 US States, England, Canada, China, France, India, Brazil, South Korea, Mexico, and Singapore.
Teams compete in the junior (grades 4-8), senior (grades 9-12), and college divisions. Student teams, composed of up to seven members each, can compete in several ways:
- RoboParade is a parade of autonomous robotic floats (competition 1)
- Exhibition. Each team has complete freedom to show off any creative autonomous robotics project. (competition 2)
Unique Features of Robofest
Look Mom, No Hands!: Students must fully program their robots to perform their missions without human assistance. No joysticks or remote controls are allowed.
Your Mission, If You Decide to Accept It : Is (partly) unknown or dynamic. Students must program their robots to accomplish tasks in a dynamic environment.
Students Rule: While adult mentorship is encouraged, students design, construct and program the robots, and adult coaches are not allowed to assist during the competition.
It’s Flexible: Any type of robot kit, materials, actuators, and sensors are allowed. Robots can be programmed with any programming language.
Affordable: Team registration is $30 ~ $50 per team. Reusing parts and old kits is encouraged. Teams can be formed by any organization, school, home schools, clubs or civic group.
Everyone is a Winner: All registered participants receive personalized medals and certificates. Winners of the qualifying and championship rounds receive trophies.
RoboParade is an exciting autonomous robotics activity for students in grades 4-12, providing
the opportunity for them to engage in STEM activities through the design, construct, and programming of robots. The parade features robot floats constructed and programmed by student participants. Attendees of the parade will be able to see fully autonomous robot floats that follow the parade route while detecting other robots in front of them. The robot floats are programmed to stop and start without human help.
It is a great STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) learning opportunity for young students. Videos of the previous parades can be found on the RoboParade home page atwww.robofest.net/roboParade.htm.
Exhibition teams have complete freedom to enter any autonomous robotics project.
The robotics Exhibition is a great way for students to show off their imagination, innovation and creativity. Each team has complete freedom to create interactive and intelligent robotics projects such as robot pets, robots for scientific experiments, and practical robotics applications. Teams are composed of one to seven members. In general, two or three students are recommended per robot. Computer controlled robots may be of any size and can use any material as long as it is safe for humans. Even if human controlled hard-wired remotes are not allowed, unlike the Game, wireless (host) computer program control is allowed for Exhibition, if the program is written by students. Robot-to-robot as well as human-to-robot interactions are strongly encouraged. Sensors must be employed to assure the robot is interacting with its environment.
ROBOFEST is a registered trademark of Lawrence Technological University (LTU)