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Robofest is part of the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition

Release Date: June 2, 2010

Southfield, Michigan – The annual Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) at Oakland University in Rochester June 4-7 is a great opportunity to get kids involved in robotics. Lawrence Tech’s Robofest program is running a competition and training sessions June 5-6. There are lots of leading-edge technology events at IGVC and it will be a fun family outdoor event.

 Robofest competition on June 6

At the invitation of the TARDEC Joint Center for Robotics, Robofest will run RoboPower and Vision Centric L2Bot Challenge competitions on Sunday, June 6, 2-5 p.m. For more info about Robofest and IGVC, go to http://www.robofest.net/2010/igvc.htm .

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. Teams compete in the junior division (grades 5-9), senior division (grades 9-12) and college division.

Learning programming for Lego NXT robots

Robofest will host free hands-on workshops with C programming language used for Lego NXT robots Saturday, June 5, 2-3:30 p.m. and 4-5:30 p.m. To sign up, email to Shari Stout, Robofest coordinator, at sstout@ltu.edu. Only 24 seats are available for each session.

Become a Robofest coach or mentor

Two introductory presentations about Robofest will be held Saturday and Sunday, June 5-6, 1-2 p.m. No registration is required. You could be a coach or mentor for your children, grandchildren, or youth group in your church/neighborhood.

Lawrence Tech has a team with two robots, Culture Shock and H2.2Bot, competing against 60 college teams. The entrance to IGVC is at the southwest corner of Walton and Adams on the Oakland University campus.

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.