Robofest 2017 Summary Report for IEEE SEM and Region 4

Robofest is a world-wide autonomous robotics competition for pre-college (4th ~ 12th grade) and college students to inspire interest in engineering. Student teams design, construct, and program their robots to compete for trophies in a variety of competitions using any computing controllers, sensors, actuators, and parts.
This year a total of 2,846 students in 948 teams participated from 11 countries (Canada, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, South Africa, and South Korea) in addition to 11 States from the U. S. (California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, and Washington). Figure 1 shows students advanced to Michigan Championship. Each of 1,406 students who participated in competitions in the USA received IEEE SEM and Region 4 Pace sponsored medal. (See Figure 2). In addition, Robofest teams demonstrated projects at the Spring SEM conference at Macomb Community College on May 4, 2017 and IEEE RAS Humanitarian Technology Day at MSU on Oct 14, 2017.

Figure 1 Robofest Michigan Championship

Figure 2 IEEE medal awarded to the USA students
IEEE Florida West Coast Section (FWCS) was one of the sponsors for the Final World Championship held in St. Pete Beach, Florida. Florida IEEE members who helped with Robofest include: Sean Denny (FWCS Secretary), Russell Grieshop, Craig Ross, Peter M. Blackford, Kenneth Fiallo, and among others (See Figure 3 and 4). Sean Denny, Bill Collins, Mike Okneski, and David Steele also volunteered for Robofest Thanksgiving Parade on November 4th at the St. Pete Beach Recreation Center, FL. IEEE SEM members who served as Judges include: Thassyo Pinto, Javier Alcazar, Vamshi Thatipally, Maria Castano, and Dhrubajit Chowdhury (See Figure 6 and 7). Robert Neff, IEEE SEM Section Chair, received plaques of appreciation from LTU (See Figure 8). 13 minute 2017 overview video can be accessed at: https://youtu.be/gLf188cUGTw