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Learn about Global Robotics Art Festival Oct. 5 at LTU

Release Date: October 2, 2013

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – An informational meeting about the Global Robotics Art Festival (GRAF) will be held on Saturday, Oct 5, 10-11 a.m., for students, coaches, teachers, and parents, in Room M218 of the Buell Management Building at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 West 10 Mile Road in Southfield.

Organizers seek more teams to participate in GRAF to be held on Nov. 23 at Macomb Community College. GRAF is open to student teams from grades 4-12. Robotic artists will compete in visual and performing robotic arts categories.

Examples of visual robotic arts include interactive kinetic sculptures, kinetic canvases, and robotic painters. Examples of performing robotic arts include a robot dancer, a group of robot dancers with synchronized moves, a robot fashion show, robots that play music, and a robotic musical instrument that can be played by humans or help humans play music.

The robots must have computational components programmed by participants and must be integrative by employing sensors.

The goal of GRAF is to get students to pursue their interest in science, technology, engineering and math, known as the STEM subjects.

This event is a brain child of Professor CJ Chung of LTU’s Department of Computer Science and Mathematics who is the founder of Robofest®, RoboParade®, and RoboMusic Camp. He has developed several fun ways for young students to pursue STEM subjects.

“Why arts and robots? People love arts including music, and robotics is all about STEM. The combination of the two would create a true interdisciplinary and lifelong learning environment,” Chung said.

For information, contact Chung at (248) 204-3504 or cchung@ltu.edu.

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.