Robofest® is a festival of competitions with autonomous robots offering students the opportunity to master principles of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) as well as Computer Science (CS), communication, critical thinking, teamwork, and problem solving skills while designing, constructing, and programming robots.

Since 1999, over 28,000 students have competed in Robofest, including teams from 14 US States, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, England, France, Ghana, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Lebanon, Macau, Mexico, Nigeria, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, and UAE.

Teams compete in the junior (grades 5-8), senior (grades 9-12), and college divisions in the following broad & challenging categories:
• Game: Students complete annually-themed robotic missions
• Exhibition: Teams have complete freedom to show off any creative autonomous robotics project
• RoboMed: Open category for (bio) medical robotics/device projects for high school and college students
• Vision Centric Challenge (VccTM): Teams develop robots to solve problems with cameras and computer vision algorithms
• Unknown Mission Challenge (UMCTM): Mission tasks will be totally unknown until the day of competition
• RoboArtsTM: Robotics music, dance, and visual arts competition
• BottleSumoTM: Push a bottle and/or opponent off the table
• RoboParade®: Parade of Autonomous robots!
• Camps: Hands-on workshop + Mini Competition
• WISER: World conference on Integrated STEM Education through Robotics (High School Students, Parents, & Teachers)

Robofest is a competition for 5-12 graders. 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, or even custom electronics, in some of the events. In addition, FLL students are required to use parts manufactured by Lego, preventing the use of such aids as string or glue. Robofest was founded by Computer Science Professor Dr. Chan-Jin “CJ” Chung and is sponsored by Lawrence Technological University.

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 Only Rule: While adult mentorship is encouraged, students design, construct and program the robots, and make all decisions during competitions without any direct adult help.

It’s Flexible: Any type of robot kit/platform, materials, actuators, and sensors are allowed. Robots can be programmed with any programming language.

Affordable: Team registration is $50 per team. Reusing parts and old kits is encouraged. Teams can be formed by any organization, school, home school, club or civic group.

Everyone is Recognized: All registered participants receive medals and personalized certificates. Winners of the qualifying and championship rounds receive trophies. Any participants who attend LTU can apply for a $3,000 Annual Renewable Scholarship.

Game Competition

Teams of up to 5 students compete to accomplish robotics missions using autonomous robots. Game especially puts math skills to the test.

Robofest Game is open to student teams in 5th through 12th Grade

  • Jr. Division: 5th ~ 8th grades
  • Sr. Division: 9th ~ 12th grades

This is a qualifying competition. Teams compete at Local events and winners are determined for each division.  Winners advance to the the next level depending on their location (US/Michigan, US/Non Michigan and International) for the chance to compete at the Robofest World Championship at Lawrence Technological University on May 18, 2019

Course Curriculum

Development of Autonomous Robots
Graphical programming language
Robotic Kits Assembly

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