The Michigan Championship of Robofest is coming to Lawrence Technological University in Southfield on Saturday, April 30. Some 91 teams that advanced from 11 Michigan qualifying events will vie for state championships – and spots in the Robofest World Championship, also being held at LTU May 13 and 14.
The state championship will begin at 9 a.m., and awards presentations and the closing ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The venue is LTU’s Don Ridler Field House. Ample free parking is available in nearby lots. For directions, visit www.ltu.edu/map.
Those attending who wish to register may serve as judges for People’s Choice Awards, and will be entered into a raffle for prizes, including an Amazon Echo and tablet computers.
Teams attending the event are from Ann Arbor, Auburn Hills, Battle Creek, Berkley, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Canton Township, Clawson, Detroit, Hartland, Lake Orion, Northville, Novi, Plymouth, Redford Township, St. Clair, Sterling Heights, Troy, Washington, and Westland.
Robofest is a competition of autonomous robots – computer-programmed to act independently and not remote-controlled – that encourages students to master principles of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by focusing on computer science and programming. The challenge of this year’s RoboGolf game is to build an autonomous robot holding a wooden putter that can find green fields, locate golf balls, and putt them into a hole.
Lawrence Tech President Virinder Moudgil will offer opening remarks – and says that hands-on technology education should start at a young age. Moudgil noted that LTU’s Robofest is an international competition that provides opportunities for young people to have fun while learning STEM and computer science.
Robofest was founded by LTU Computer Science Professor CJ Chung in 1999. The program involves more than 2,000 students a year from a dozen states and 10 nations overseas.
“In Robofest programs, students have to think a lot more to make robots think,” Chung said.
For more information, visit www.robofest.net.