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Thanksgiving RoboParade returns to Lawrence Tech

Release Date: November 13, 2007

Southfield, Mich. – Lawrence Technological University will host the second annual Thanksgiving RoboParade, an indoor autonomous robot parade, on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Buell Management Building. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

The parade will feature robot floats constructed and programmed by middle school and high school students from throughout southeast Michigan. The fully autonomous robot floats will follow the mock “Woodward Avenue” parade route and detect other robots in front of them. The robot floats are fully programmed to stop and start without human help. 

Participants come from Cranbrook Schools, Detroit Country Day School, the Roeper School, University High School in Ferndale, a group from Livonia, a group from Rochester Hills, Our Lady of Victory School, the Block Robotics Learning Group in Windsor, and a home school group from Bloomfield Hills.

The event has been organized by CJ Chung, an associate professor of computer science at Lawrence Tech who is always looking for new ways to interest young people in computer programming. The Thanksgiving RoboParade grew out the computer summer camps at Lawrence Tech where students in grades 5-12 construct and program robots. Chung is capitalizing on a time-honored Detroit-area tradition to keep their enthusiasm alive.

A streaming video of last year’s Thanksgiving Robot parade at Lawrence Tech, believed to be the world’s first, can be found at www.robofest.net .

For additional information, contact Chung at chung@ltu.edu or 248-204-3504. 

Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, 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 5,000-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 Livonia, Clinton Township, Traverse City, and Petoskey. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia.