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Robofest is an autonomous robotics competition for 4th ~ 12th graders.[1][2][3][4] It is similar to FIRST Lego League (FLL), but while FLL limits the student's robots to Lego Mindstorms robots, Robofest allows the student to use any robotics system, parts, materials, or even custom electronics, in some of the events. Note that FLL students are required to use parts manufactured by Lego only, preventing the use of such aids as string or glue. Another important difference is that Robofest games have UTF (Unknown Tasks and Factors) components. Students must solve the unveiled tasks and factors within 30 minutes work-time without external help. Lawrence Tech's Robofest was founded by Computer Science Professor Dr. Chan-Jin Chung (or popularly known as CJ Chung) in 1999-2000 academic year[5] and is sponsored by Lawrence Technological University and other sponsors.[6] Robofest is also held internationally, in countries including Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, England, France, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Kenya, Lebanon, Macau, Malawi, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, and UAE.[7] Teams who win their regional event are welcome to participate at the worldwide tournament held at Lawrence Technological University in Michigan. ROBOFEST is a registered trademark[8] of Lawrence Technological University in the USA.

Mission Statement[edit]

Robofest’s mission is (1) to generate excitement and interest among young people for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), Art, and Computer Science; (2) to develop problem solving skills as well as teamwork, creative thinking, and communication skills; and (3) to prepare them to excel in higher education and technological careers.

Our evaluation and assessment results show that we are achieving the above missions. [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]

Competition Categories[edit]

There are a total of eight different competition categories in Robofest.[1]

  • Game Competition - Students compete with two robots to work together autonomously to complete the given missions. The missions change per year, and an "unknown challenge" must be adapted to on the competition day.[15][16]
  • Exhibition - Robotic contraptions to do the designers task.[17]
  • Vision Centric Challenge (Vcc, formerly Mini Urban Challenge) - Robots drive along a realistic road, stopping at "traffic lights" drawn on the road.[18][19]
  • RoboArts - (Formerly GRAF[20]). Robotic Music,[21] Fashion & Dance, Robotic Painting, and Interactive Kinetic Sculptures[22]
  • UMC (Unknown Mission Challenge) - Mission tasks will be totally unknown until the day of competition[23]
  • BottleSumo - Robots compete to either push a bottle or the other robot off of a table.[24]
  • RoboParade - A parade of autonomous robotic floats[25][26]
  • RoboMed - High School and College teams create intelligent and interactive medical robotics/device projects[27]

Retired competition categories include:

  • Robosumo - Competing robots attempt to push each other out of the ring.[28]
  • VEX Pentathlon - VEX robots compete in five events.[29]
  • RoboFashion and Dance Show - Costumed robots present themselves on a track.[30]
  • VEX Bridge Battle - Two VEX robots compete on a bridge.

Competition Age Divisions[edit]

  • Junior: (4th or) 5th-8th graders can compete with an easier unknown tasks and factors
  • Senior: 9th-12th graders can compete with a somewhat harder unknown tasks and factors
  • Collegiate: College students can compete in RoboMed Challenge.

TV & Newspaper Articles[edit]


Notable Alumni[edit]

Other Robofests[edit]

The word RoboFest was used for a robot event by the Robot Group of Austin, Texas,[33] at least as early as 1989.[34] The Robot Group had a yearly RoboFest through the 1990s. There are various other Robofests not connected to Lawrence Tech's Robofest:


  1. ^ a b Robofest homepage
  2. ^ MacLennan, Jamie (Jan–Feb 2010). "Robofest 2009 - Motivating young minds to master the machine" (PDF). Robot Magazine: 80–83.
  3. ^ Coscarelli, Rick (Sep–Oct 2015). "16th Annual Robofest World Championship" (PDF). Robot Magazine: 28–31.
  4. ^ Reindl, JC (2017-05-17). "Robofest at Lawrence Tech draws school-age engineers and their self-driving machines". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  5. ^ Bill King (Feb 16, 2000). Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan backs Lawrence Tech Robofest; University trains teachers in robots LTU Tech News, page 1 and 8
  6. ^ List of Robofest sponsors
  7. ^ "International Site Directors". LTU Robofest. Retrieved June 17, 2020.
  8. ^ Trademark No. 4382969, United States Patent and Trademark Office
  9. ^ CJ Chung and Chris Cartwright, Evaluating the Long-term Impact of Robofest since 1999
  10. ^ Chung, CJ ChanJin; Cartwright, Christopher; Cole, Matthew (July–September 2014). "Assessing the Impact of an Autonomous Robotics Competition for STEM Education". Journal of STEM Education. 15 (2): 24–34.
  11. ^ Chung, CJ Chan-Jin; Cartwright, Christopher; DeRose, Joe (July 2017). "Robotics Festival and Competitions Designed for STEM+C Education". Robotics in STEM Education: 131–170. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-57786-9_6. ISBN 978-3-319-57785-2.
  12. ^ Chung, Chan-Jin (2019). "Robofest – A Playful Learning Environment Through Autonomous Robotics". Pädi Boletín Científico de Ciencias Básicas e Ingenierías del ICBI. 7 (special): 1–3. doi:10.29057/icbi.v7iEspecial.4770.
  13. ^ Robofest 2017-2018 Annual Report
  14. ^ Robofest 2018-2019 Annual Report
  15. ^ Robofest Game Competition page
  16. ^ Pandey, Aviral; Wagle, Rohan; Brouillette, Barry (November–December 2013). "Raspberry Pi Robots & Imaging Processing" (PDF). Robot Magazine: 56–59.
  17. ^ Robofest Exhibition page
  18. ^ Robofest Vcc page
  19. ^ Crocker, Noah E. (November–December 2011). "Robofest 2011 Vision Centric Challenge (VCC) Update!" (PDF). Robot Magazine: 80–33.
  20. ^ Chung, CJ (Mar 8, 2014). Integrated STEAM Education through Global Robotics Art Festival (GRAF) (PDF). IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference (ISEC '14). Princeton University, New Jersey.
  21. ^ Chung, CJ ChanJin; Cartwright, Christopher; Chung, Chanmee (Mar 8, 2014). Robot Music Camp 2013: An Experiment to Promote STEM and Computer Science (PDF). IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference (ISEC '14). Princeton University, New Jersey.
  22. ^ RoboArts page
  23. ^ UMC page
  24. ^ BottleSumo page
  25. ^ RoboParade page
  26. ^ Chung, CJ; Cartwright, Christopher (Jan 2014). RoboParade: a Fun and Effective Way to Promote STEM Education (PDF). 12th Hawaii International Conference on Education. Honolulu, Hawaii.
  27. ^ RoboMed page
  28. ^ Robofest Robosumo page
  29. ^ Robofest VEX Pentathlon page
  30. ^ Robofest RoboFashion Show page
  31. ^ Naver 뉴스 (2017). 누구나 쉽게 로봇 만들게 하자. 글로벌 기업 1000억 인수 제안도 거절
  32. ^ luxrobo
  33. ^ "The Robot Group". Retrieved 2008-06-17.
  34. ^ "The Robot Group _RoboFest 1-1989". Retrieved 2008-06-17.

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