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Lawrence Tech hosts Robofest regional championship April 14

Release Date: March 29, 2012

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Sixty teams that have advanced from 11 qualifying events in Michigan will compete in the Michigan Regional Robofest Championship Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Ridler Field House at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 West Ten Mile Road, Southfield.

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 science, technology, engineering, and math. 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) or senior division (grades 9-12), using a variety of computer programming languages and robots.

In this year’s competition game, a rescue robot must circumnavigate a rectangular platform, grab silver balls on top of towers and then deliver the rescued balls to the “hospital,” a black box on one end of the platform. During the mission, the robot must measure the distance between tower buildings and report it in millimeters.

Two other events, Exhibition and RoboFashion Dance, allow competitors to demonstrate their  imagination and creativity.

Robofest admission and parking are free. Spectators are invited to participate in the selection of people’s choice awards. They may win raffle prizes.

Anyone interested in becoming involved in Robofest next year is invited to attend an informational meeting from 10:30-11:20 a.m. during the regional championship.

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

This year’s 11 qualifying competitions in Michigan drew over 148 teams. Twenty teams will be selected from the Michigan regional competition to advance to the 13th annual World Robofest Championship to be held on May 19 at Lawrence Tech.

Last year almost 1,500 students from 11 states and four other countries participated in the annual Robofest competition founded in 2000 by CJ Chung, professor of computer science at Lawrence Tech.

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. Students benefit from small class sizes and experienced faculty who provide a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus include over 60 student groups and NAIA varsity sports.