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Robofest registration begins this week

Release Date: December 9, 2008

Southfield, Mich. - Registration begins this week for Robofest, the annual international robot programming competition hosted by Lawrence Technological University.

Students compete in the junior division (grades 5-8) and senior division (grades 9-12) by designing, constructing and programming autonomous robots that act independently and are not radio controlled.  The competition encourages students to have fun while learning principles of computer science, math, technology and physical science.

Last year more than 1,600 students competed in Robofest, including teams from Canada, France, South Korea and the United Kingdom, as well as Michigan and five other states. 

The qualifying rounds of the 10th annual competition will be held in March and April at more than a dozen sites in Michigan. The world championship competition will be held at Lawrence Tech May 9.

Teachers and coaches can go to to review the rules, find a nearby qualifying site and sign up. The registration deadline is 21 days before the competition date at each site, but it is important to sign up early in order to get a spot at the most convenient qualifying site.

Coaches can learn about the details of the new game, including physical set-up and rules, and get the new promotional poster by attending one of the kick-off meetings at Lawrence Tech: 

  • Thursday, Dec. 11, 5:45-7:30 p.m., Buell Management Building.
  • Friday, Dec. 12, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Buell Management Building.
  • Saturday, Dec. 13, 10-11:30 a.m., Taubman Student Services Center.

An NXT Java programming seminar will follow the Dec. 11 meeting.  For information, call (248) 204-3566 or email

Lawrence Technological University,, offers over 80 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes 75 years ago, and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech's 102-acre campus is in Southfield, with education centers in Lansing, Livonia, Clinton Township, Traverse City and Petoskey. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.