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Robots and high school students present July 19 concert at Lawrence Tech

Release Date: July 15, 2013
Robots and high school students present July 19 concert at Lawrence Tech

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – A dozen high school students will be joined by robots in performing a musical program on Friday, July 19, at 3 p.m. at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 West 10 Mile Road in Southfield.

The free concert, which will be held in Room M219 of the Buell Management Building at LTU, will be the final project of the weeklong “Robotics and Music Camp” starting July 15.

Eight campers from Metro Detroit and four campers from the Chicago area will introduce and showcase autonomous and interactive robots created and programmed to play music with humans.

This camp is a brain child of Professor CJ Chung of LTU’s Department of Computer Science and Mathematics who is the founder of Robofest and RoboParade. He is always looking for new fun ways for young students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math, known as the STEM subjects.

“Why music and robots? People love music – arguably it is the universal language – and music is mathematical,” Chung said. “Music can be represented with numbers and mathematical functions, and can be integrated with robotics when we develop computer programs for robots to perform the music interactively.”

The goals of the camp and concert are to get students interested in STEM areas and to teach STEM subjects in-depth while creating interactive musical robots.

After completing the camp, students will be able to participate in the inaugural Global Robotics Arts Festival (GRAF) on Nov. 23 at Macomb Community College and the Robofest international competition to be held at LTU in spring 2014.

Associate Professor Chris Cartwright of the Department of Computer Science and Mathematics at LTU helps run the robotics camp.

Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. Payscale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 7 percent of universities for return on undergraduate tuition investment, and highest in the Detroit metropolitan area.  Lawrence Tech is also listed in the top tier of Midwestern universities by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review. Students benefit from small class sizes and experienced faculty who provide a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus include over 60 student clubs and organizations and a growing roster of NAIA varsity sports.