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Future robotics engineers to compete in May 8 Robofest World Championship

Release Date: April 29, 2010

Southfield, Mich. Sixty-three teams that have advanced from 30 qualifying events and three regional competitions will compete in the Robofest World Championship Saturday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Ridler Field House at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 West Ten Mile Road, Southfield.

This year’s robot game mission is to completely remove debris (water bottles) caused by a landslide from a make believe mountain road, rescue a trapped human (another water bottle) and return to the safe zone.

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

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 intelligent robots.

Admission and parking are free. Spectators help select People’s Choice Award. The program includes  robot fashion and dance shows.

This year 441 teams and 1,441 students from multiple states and countries participated in the 11th annual Robofest competition this year.

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

Lawrence Technological University, ltu.edu, offers more than 100 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 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, Petoskey and Traverse City. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.