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World Robofest Championship at Lawrence Tech April 26

Release Date: April 18, 2008

Southfield, Mich. More than 100 teams that have advanced from 40 qualifying events will compete at this year’s World Robofest 2008 Championship Saturday, April 26, 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 to the World Championship is free. Parking is free. For more information, call (248) 204-3566, visit, or email

Robofest is a competition of autonomous robots – programmed to act independently and not radio-controlled – that encourages students to have fun while learning principles of computer science, math, technology and physical science. 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) and senior division (grades 9-12).

Around 1,500 students from six states, Canada, France, Korea and the United Kingdom participated in this year’s Robofest qualifying competitions in the following categories:

  • Games. Students undertake robotic missions with two autonomous robots programmed to work cooperatively.
  • Exhibition. Students demonstrate the creative tasks they have designed and programmed their autonomous robots to accomplish.
  • RoboSumo. Push the other robot out of the Sumo ring!
  • RoboFashion Show. Teams of two robots will show off their costumes and dance moves.
  • Mini Urban Challenge. Senior-level contestants use machine vision to enable a laptop-based robot to maneuver through a course simulating an urban road environment.
  • Pentathlon. Robot teams can participate in five field events using VEX robots.
  • Bridge Battle (Associate Event). VEX robots obtain the most points possible on a 12-foot-square field with a bridge.

Winners of the championship rounds receive big trophies. Senior division winners in four categories will earn $2,000 annual renewable scholarships at Lawrence Tech, as well as other prizes donated by sponsors.

Lawrence Technological University,, offers more than 60 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, with education centers in Lansing, Livonia, Clinton Township, Traverse City and Petoskey. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.