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Michigan teams advance to Robofest World Championship

Release Date: April 21, 2011

SOUTHFIELD, Mich.– Twenty-one teams from Michigan have advanced from the Michigan Regional Robofest Championship to compete in the 12th annual Robofest World Championship to be held at Lawrence Technological University on May 7.

Robofest is an international competition of autonomous robots – computer-programmed to act independently and not radio-controlled – that encourages students to have fun while learning principles of science, technology, engineering, and math. Students design, construct and program the robots, and adult coaches are not allowed to assist during the events. Teams compete in the junior division (grades 5-9) or senior division (grades 9-12), using a variety of computer programming languages to participate in various  competitions such as games, exhibition, fashion show, and dance using various types of robots.

Robofest is an annual competition inaugurated by Lawrence Tech Associate Professor CJ Chung in 2000. Every year more than 1,500 students from as many as 10 states and five countries compete.

The scenario in this year’s competition is that three pipes of a deepwater oil well are leaking. An autonomous robot must be sent to cap the leaking pipes, retrieve broken pipe assemblies, and collect data. Students need to solve math problems to achieve these missions.

Here are the winners in the Michigan regional competition held at Lawrence Tech April 16:

Robo Fashion & Dance Show

First Place: Fireflies, Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills, Coach Betsy Lamb, lamb@cranbrook.edu

Second Place: Dance of the Jedi, Lakeview Elem. School, Oxford, Coach Cheryl Matas, cherylmatas@oxfordschools.org

Third Place: Robo Ninjas, Norup International School, Berkley, Coach Doug Rezanka, 4kclub@sbcglobal.net


Junior Game 

First Place: All 2 Jesus, Homeschool, Northville, Coach Cheri Pelic, peliccheri@yahoo.com

Second Place: 2D-TetraBot, Emerson Middle School, Ann Arbor, Coach Scott Peacor, peacor@msu.edu

Third Place: Wasp, Achieve Charter Academy, Canton, Coach Satheesh Makkapati, sgaecke@wowway.com

Fourth Place: Geek Squad – 1, Canton Chinese, Canton, Coach Steve Xin Tao, xtao@hotmail.com

Fifth Place:  Geek Squad – 3, Canton Chinese, Canton, Coach Steve Xin Tao, xtao@hotmail.com

Sixth Place: Demented Penguins, St. Clair Middle School, St. Clair, Coach Scott Eisele, seisele@east0chinak12.mi.us

Accuracy Award: Demented Penguins


Junior Exhibition

First Place: Remotics, Canton Charter Academy, Canton, Coach Bharat Ajmera, ajmerabharat@yahoo.com

Second Place: Eagle Inventors, Plymouth Christian Academy, Plymouth, Coach Timothy Winn, timw@thermalnetics.com

Third Place: RoboSafe, Bethany Christian School, Troy, Coach Will Woodham, willwoodham@yahoo.com

Fourth Place: Ultimate RoboBuilders, Canton Charter Academy, Canton, Coach Manish Singh, smanish@gmail.com

People’s Choice Award: Ultimate RoboBuilders


Senior Game

First Place: SuchBros, Homeschool, South Lyon, Coach Mark Suchezky, suchezky@sbcglobal.net

Second Place: Robohawks, Farmington Harrison H.S., Farmington Hills, Coach Steve Dail, steve.dail@farmington.k12.mi.us

Third Place: Saints Robotic, St. Clair High School, St. Clair, Coach Scott Eisele, seisele@east-chinak12.mi.us

Fourth Place: Geek Squad, Canton Chinese, Canton, Coach Steve Tao, xtao@hotmail.com

Fifth Place: Bethany Bruins, Bethany Christian School, Troy, Coach Brian Kincheloe, skincheloe@briscott.com

Accuracy Award: Bethany Bruins

 

Senior Exhibition  

First Place: RoboCubs-3, University of Detroit Jesuit, Detroit, Coach Jenny Friday, jenniferfriday@uofdjesuit.org

Second Place: Robohawks, Farmington Harrison H.S., Farmington Hills, Coach Steve Dail, steve.dail@farmington.k12.mi.us

Third Place: University High School 1, University High School, Ferndale, Coach Julie Patterson, jpatterson@ferndaleschools.org

People’s Choice Award:  RoboCubs-3

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