WARREN, Mich. – Two sixth graders at The Roeper School in Birmingham won the People’s Choice Award at the Lawrence Technological University (LTU) Halloween RoboParade held at Macomb Community College on Oct. 25.
Lilly Richards of Lathrup Village and Maya McEntyre of Novi won the award for their robot float, “The Garden of Hideous Delights.”
All the robot floats had to be programmed to use a light sensor to follow the parade route and to use an ultrasonic sensor to avoid hitting other robots.
An essay contest was held for the first time this year, and Ella Appleyard of Roeper won the 6th grade contest. It was organized by Associate Professor Melinda Weinstein of LTU’s Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Communication.
“Writing is an essential skill for every career path and that includes robotics,” Chung said. “RoboParade gives students the perfect opportunity to use their creativity as well as their computer programming skills.”
This was the ninth annual RoboParade organized by LTU’s Robofest program, which promotes science, technology, engineering, and math – the STEM subjects – as well as the arts and writing in fun and dynamic ways.
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 the salaries of its graduates, 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.