SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Students from middle school and high school will battle for supremacy in the RoboSumo North American Championship on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2-6 p.m. at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 West 10 Mile Road in Southfield.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the gallery (A210) of the Architecture Building. See http://ltu.edu/contacts/ for a campus map and directions.
The student teams must program their robots to find and intentionally push a two-liter bottle (filled with a liter of water) off the table or be the last robot remaining on the table. RoboSumo usually involves pushing an opponent off the table, and the introduction of a bottle as an additional target object makes the game more challenging.
Winners of this competition will advance to the International Robot Olympic in Korea in December.
The competitors include 15 junior teams (grades 5-8) and 10 senior teams (grades 9-12) from Battle Creek, Canton, Detroit, Macomb Township, Milan, Northville, Rochester Hills, South Lyon, and Sterling Heights. A team from Markham, Ont., makes this an international event.
The competition provides the opportunity to see young students apply STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts such as Newton’s laws of motion while having fun playing the autonomous robot games.
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.