Middle, high school students enjoy 'Robotics and Mechanical Engineering Fest'
SOUTHFIELD—Lawrence Technological University teamed up with Dearborn Heights Mayor Bill Bazzi to offer a Robotics and Mechanical Engineering Fest Friday, April 23 at Hype Athletics in Dearborn Heights. Approximately 100 middle and high school students from 22 area schools, as well as home-schooled students, attended.
Students learned about robotics and mechanical engineering from LTU students, professors, and members of the FIRST Robotics teams from Crestwood High School in Dearborn Heights.
LTU’s 2019 Formula SAE Hybrid and SAE Baja vehicles were on display, and the Baja vehicle performed demonstration runs in a muddy field behind the Hype Center—a perfect spot for an off-road vehicle. Also displayed was LTU’s 2021 entry in SAE Supermileage, a competition in which university teams build ultralight single-occupant vehicles designed to wring the maximum mpg out of a tiny fuel tank. (LTU students said they expect their 2021 entry, which will enter virtual competition in a few weeks, to top 700 mpg.) Also displayed was LTU’s 2021 SAE Electric race vehicle, and an autonomous vehicle entry into the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC), a global competition for autonomous vehicles, coming up in June in Rochester.
“Coming from the engineering profession myself, it gives me great pleasure to promote all exciting possibilities this profession offers with our young students,” Dearborn Heights Mayor Bill Bazzi said. “LTU is one of the nation’s premier engineering schools, so the students who attend this event will see and hear about projects that have been designed and built by the best of the best. I am also grateful to Hype Athletics for their part in sharing their facilities with us.”
Added Badih Jawad, chair and professor of LTU’s A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical, Robotics, and Industrial Engineering: “I want to thank the city of Dearborn Heights, particularly the mayor, for arranging this. I am very proud of our Blue Devil Motorsports teams and our robotics students for what they showed. The event also highlighted our collaboration with Crestwood High School, whose FIRST Robotics teams use LTU’s fabrication lab for their program. Our fab lab staff and our admissions department did an awesome job on this event.”
Besides Crestwood, whose students also managed registration, middle and high school students attended from the Advanced Technology Academy in Dearborn, Dearborn Heights District 7, Dearborn Public Schools, Garden City Public Schools, Grosse Ile Township Schools, Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, Star International Academy in Dearborn Heights, Taylor School District, and Wayne-Westland Community Schools.
The outdoor event followed all state and local masking and social distancing protocols.
The event was also supported by the Dearborn Heights Target store at 26650 Ford Road, which donated gift baskets for a raffle to the students. The Downriver Army National Guard armory in Taylor also had an Army Hummer on display
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers nearly 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.
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