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LTU, Macomb Community College host Nov. 23 Thanksgiving RoboParade and robotics arts festival

Release Date: November 18, 2013

WARREN, Mich. – Lawrence Technological University’s eighth annual Thanksgiving RoboParade, an indoor demonstration of autonomous robots, and the inaugural Global Robotics Art Festival will be held Saturday, Nov. 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Expo Center on the South Campus of Macomb Community College in Warren.  The event is open to the public, and admission is free. 

Global Robotics Art Festival (GRAF) showcases student robotics projects in the visual and performing arts. During the opening ceremonies, the national anthem will be played by robotic musical instruments.

Middle and high school students from Michigan, Ohio, Mexico, and Canada have entries in this global competition. Robotics arts projects from Lawrence Tech and the University of Michigan Ann Arbor will also be on display.

This year’s Thanksgiving RoboParade will feature robot floats constructed and programmed by elementary, middle school, and high school students.  Each team’s creativity will be on display as its decorated floats proceed around the parade route. The robot floats are programmed to detect other robots in front of them, to follow the parade line, to display the current speed, and to start and stop without human intervention. Spectators can vote for their favorite robotic float and enter raffle prize drawings.

Teams will bring cans of food to construct mock buildings along the course, which is based on the parade route down Woodward Avenue in Detroit. The cans will be donated to a food bank after the event.

There will be participants from Canton, Sterling Heights, Troy, Farmington Hills, Northville, Lake Orion, Novi, Livonia, Huron Valley schools, St. Clair Shores, Detroit, and Clawson.

The two events are organized by the Robofest office in LTU’s College of Arts and Sciences. Founded by Professor CJ Chung in 2000, Robofest competitions promote science, technology, engineering, and math – the STEM subjects – in fun and dynamic ways.  For more information, visit www.robofest.net.

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.