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Macomb Community College hosts LTU's Thanksgiving RoboParade Nov. 17

Release Date: November 5, 2012

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Lawrence Technological University’s seventh annual Thanksgiving RoboParade will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, 12-3 p.m. at the Sports & Expo Center on the south campus of Macomb Community College, 14500 E. 12 Mile in Warren. The event is open to the public, and admission is free.

This year’s parade will feature robot floats constructed, decorated, and programmed by more than 40 school teams representing grades 4-12 from Almont, Bloomfield Hills, Canton, Clawson, Detroit, Farmington Hills, Milan, Milford, Northville, Redford, Southfield, Sterling Heights, and Washington in Michigan.

Attendees are asked to bring food cans to give to those in need during the holiday season.

Students must program their robot floats to detect other robots and to stop and re-start without human help along the parade route – no remote control is allowed. RoboParade is intended to help inspire students to pursue science, technology, engineering, arts, and math, as well as computer science in a creative environment. 

Everyone is invited to be a judge for the People’s Choice Awards using a text message voting system developed by LTU student Jiaxing Li. Details about the text voting using cell phones can be viewed on the web at www.robofest.net. People can vote on site or by watching either live streaming video or recorded video after the event. The system will not allow voters to vote more than once. People’s Choice Award voters can win raffle prizes.

This year the robots are required to display their speed in centimeters per seconds (cm/s). The speed limit on the parade route is between 7-17 cm/s. Robots that receive “speeding tickets” cannot join the final parade.

For information, contact robofest@LTU.edu or call (248) 204-3568.

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. Bloomberg BusinessWeek lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 20 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.