World Robot Olympiad at Cranbrook Kingswood Girl’s Middle School Sept. 6

Release Date: September 2, 2014

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Cranbrook Kingswood Girl’s Middle School will host the World Robot Olympiad (WRO) Michigan Tournament on September 6 to select regular and open category student teams in Michigan.

Opening ceremonies begin at 8:30 a.m. and the event is expected to end at 3 p.m. The public is welcome and admission is free.

WRO is a global robotics competition involving nearly 20,000 middle school and high school teams from throughout the world. Each participating country has its own competition and the best teams are invited to attend and compete at the World Robot Olympiad for gold, silver and bronze medals.

Lawrence Technological University/Robofest World Headquarters in Michigan is the competition’s national organizer for the United States.

The regular category competition entitled “Rocket” this year challenges each student-built robot to gather all “rocket” elements, assemble them in the correct order, and lift them with the launch facility. The “civilians” need to be moved to the “Safe Area” and the robot needs to end up in the “Safe Area.”

This year’s theme for the open category is similar to science fairs. Called “Robots and Space,” the task is for students to design and create robots that will assist humankind in solving tasks in space.

Michigan teams are from:

  • Cranbrook Schools, Bloomfield Hills
  • Homeschool Girls, St. Clair Shores
  • 3Volution, Novi
  • Smart Robo, Novi
  • Robotics Group, Troy
  • Hillside Middle School, Northville
  • Novi Meadows, Novi
  • Bethany Christian School, Troy
  • RoboCruisers, Canton

The USA national finals will be at Lawrence Technological University on Saturday, Sept. 27, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In addition to Michigan, teams are coming from New York, Oregon, California, and Illinois.

This year’s WRO world final competition is scheduled to be held in the Olympic city at Sochi in Russia Nov. 21-23. Participants from over 49 countries – including the United States for the first time – will be offered accommodations in the Olympic Village hotels and apartments.

For more details about Lawrence Tech’s leadership of WRO-USA, visit http://wroboto.us

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. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 100 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.

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