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Future robotics entrepreneurs to compete in May 9 Robofest championship at Lawrence Tech

Release Date: April 27, 2009

Southfield, Mich. - More than 120 teams that have advanced from 39 qualifying events will compete in the 10th annual World Robofest Championship Saturday, May 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Ridler Field House at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 West Ten Mile Road, Southfield.

Admission and parking are free. Highlights will include robotics technologies used for generating alternative fuel and an autonomous robot that plays Guitar Hero.

For more information, call (248) 204-3566, visit www.robofest.net, or email robofest@ltu.edu.

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 robots.

The Joint Center for Robotics at the Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) in Warren will award development grants for four Robofest teams that demonstrate creative and innovative robotics projects with entrepreneurship components.

Around 1,700 students from 10 states, Canada, France, Korea, Thailand and Singapore participated in this year's Robofest qualifying competitions.

Lawrence Technological University, ltu.edu, offers over 80 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes 75 years ago, and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech's 102-acre campus is in Southfield, and programs are also offered in Detroit, Lansing, Livonia, Petoskey and Traverse City. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.