Chung recognized for Robofest accomplishments
Friday, December 3rd, 2010
The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) will honor Associate Professor CJ Chung of Lawrence Tech for his pioneering work with the Robofest competition that has encouraged thousands of students to become more involved in computer programming.
The IEEE Member Geographic Activities (MGA) Board will present Chung with a 2010 MGA Achievement Award, which comes with $250 and a plaque.
Chung received the award “for inspiring thousands of young students into the science and engineering career path through his Robofest and hands-on robotics workshops.”
Robofest is a competition of autonomous robots – computer-programmed to act independently and not radio-controlled – that encourages students to have fun while learning principles of computer science, physics, math, engineering and technology. 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), senior division (grades 9-12) and college division using a variety of computer programming languages to accomplish numerous tasks with intelligent robots.
In 2010, 441 teams and 1,441 students from multiple states and countries participated in the 11th annual Robofest competition. For more information, visit www.robofest.net. Chung founded the competition in 2000.