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Nov. 19 Thanksgiving RoboParade showcases autonomous robots programmed by students

Release Date: November 3, 2011

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Lawrence Technological University’s sixth annual Thanksgiving RoboParade will be held Saturday, Nov. 19, 12-3 p.m. at the Sports & Expo Center on the south campus of Macomb Community College, 14500 E. 12 Mile in Warren. The event is open to the public, and admission is free.

This year’s parade will feature robot floats constructed and programmed by elementary, middle and high school students from throughout southeast Michigan. After team presentations, around 1 p.m., the fully autonomous robot floats will follow the mock Woodward Avenue parade route, from Orchestra Hall to the Renaissance Center. The robot floats are fully programmed – no remote control allowed – to detect other robots and to stop and start without human help along the parade route.  

Spectators will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite robotic floats and enter raffle prize drawings. 

RoboParade is intended to help inspire students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and computer science in a creative environment.

This year students will come from Cranbrook Kingswood, the Shrine Academy in Royal Oak, St. Mary of Berkley, Our Lady of Victory School in Northville, South Lyon, Burton School in Detroit, Gompers Elementary/Middle School in Detroit, Cornerstone School (Nevada Primary) in Detroit, Winans Academy of Performing Arts in Detroit, Michigan Technical Academy in Redford, Macomb Township 4-H, and Detroit Country Day School.  There will also be teams from Sterling Heights, Troy, and Canton.  

A live streaming broadcast of this year’s RoboParade can be accessed at www.robofest.net , along with videos from previous parades.  

Lawrence Technological University, ltu.edu, offers more than 100 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in the 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.