SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – On Monday, Sept. 2, at 7:30 p.m., Detroit Public Television (Channel 56) will air a half-hour special on the 2013 Robofest World Championship, which was held in May at Lawrence Technological University. Robofest is LTU’s international autonomous robotics competition for students from fifth grade through college.
The 30-minute program will highlight the fun and exciting robotic challenges students faced in this year’s championship competition. It will showcase some of the brightest young minds involved with Robofest from the metro Detroit area and around the world.
Seventy teams qualified in regional competitions to compete in the World Championship. This year Robofest attracted more than 1,600 students on 550 teams from eight states – Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Minnesota, Florida, Hawaii, California and Louisiana – and five other countries – Canada, Mexico, Korea, China and India. Michigan teams came from Canton, Imlay City, Superior Twp., Westland, Adrian, Farmington Hills, Ann Arbor, Macomb Township, Northville, Rockford, Troy, and Detroit.
Robofest is a competition of autonomous robots – computer-programmed to act independently and not remote-controlled – that encourages students to have fun while learning principles of science, technology, engineering, and math, known as the STEM subjects. Teams compete in the junior division (grades 5-9) or senior division (grades 9-12), using a variety of computer programming languages. Robofest is different from most other robotics competitions because all of the game’s robotic tasks require teams to use math skills such as algebra, geometry and trigonometry.
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 7 percent of 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.