Robofest® is Lawrence Technological University’s world-wide robotics program for students in 4th - 12th grade. Student teams design, construct, and program their autonomous robots to compete for trophies in a variety of competitions. Robofest’s mission is: to generate excitement & interest among young people for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM), AI and Computer Science; to develop essential skills such as teamwork, creative thinking, communication and problem solving; and to prepare them to excel in higher education and technological careers.
Small student teams can design, construct, and program the robots using any robotics kit and programming language. There are 8 engaging competition categories, some with fixed rules and unknown factors, and others in which students have complete freedom to show off any creative robotic R&D project.
Founded in 1999 by LTU Professor Dr. CJ Chung, Robofest has hosted over 34,000 students from 19 United States and 33 countries. The Robofest World Championship events are hosted on the LTU campus each May.
Robofest Participants who attend LTU can apply for a $3,000 annual renewable scholarship. Members of Senior Division World Champion winning teams are awarded a certificate for a $17,000 annual LTU Scholarship. Other scholarship competitions may be held for Michigan High School students throughout the year.Learn More
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Any teacher, school administrator, parent, tech specialist, or scientist/engineer can coach a Robofest team. Recruit parent volunteers and technical mentors and determine your competition category.
Robofest hosts free technical workshops and uploads material to our eAcademy for coaches and students to get started on various platforms and programming languages.Register Here
The 99h grants will provide up to $1,200 in funding for Michigan teams, money that can be spent on Robofest registration fees, training, hardware, materials, tools, travel, meals, and other team expenses. Coaches may also receive stipends for working with their teams.
Teams must register before December 1st to qualify.Learn More
In order to make this engaging learning opportunity available to more students, Robofest relies on local Site Hosts to manage official Robofest local qualifying competitions. Site Hosts can also choose to host Open Category events. Being a Site Host provides great visibility for your organization. For schools, this is an opportunity for you to showcase your current students, staff and facility to prospective students and their parents, major media outlets, and the community at large. If you are a community group or business, you can coordinate events to provide your staff with opportunities for STEAM Outreach in your local area. Robofest Qualifying competitions are usually only half-day (4 hour) events, since the Robofest philosophy is to keep them simple, but focused. The Robofest office provides all of the materials needed to promote and run the event.