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Nov. 20 Thanksgiving RoboParade showcases robots built by students

Release Date: November 15, 2010

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Lawrence Technological University’s fifth annual Thanksgiving RoboParade will be held Saturday, Nov. 20, 12:30-3:30 p.m. at Macomb Community College Lorenzo Cultural Center, 44575 Garfield Road in Clinton Township. The event is open to the public, and admission is free.

This year’s parade will feature robot floats constructed and programmed by elementary, middle and high school students from throughout southeast Michigan. After team presentations, around 1:55 p.m., the fully autonomous robot floats will follow the mock Woodward Avenue parade route, from Orchestra Hall to the Renaissance Center. The robot floats are fully programmed to detect other robots and to stop and start without human help along the parade route.

Participants in this indoor autonomous robot demonstration will come from Cranbrook Kingswood, the Roeper School in Birmingham, Shrine Academy in Royal Oak, Northville’s Our Lady of Victory School, Michigan Technical Academy in Redford, Winans Academy of the Performing Arts in Detroit, University of Detroit Jesuit High, Ojibwa Elementary of Chippewa Valley Schools, Immaculate Conception School in Ira, Dearborn Homeschoolers, Mark Twain Elementary in Fraser, and from various other communities including Rochester Hills and Canton Township.

The event grew out of Lawrence Tech’s computer summer camps where students in grades 5-12 construct and program robots to follow lines and process input from various sensors.  Capitalizing on the Thanksgiving parade tradition in the Detroit area, RoboParade is intended to help inspire students to pursue science, technology and computer programming in a creative environment.

A live streaming broadcast of this year’s RoboParade can be accessed at , along with videos from the previous four parades.

The Lorenzo Cultural Center explores the themes of innovation, invention and entrepreneurship, showcasing through visuals and artifacts the creativity of those who innovate and the impact of their work. This year’s RoboParde will be a part of “American Ingenuity: Embracing the Freedom to Dream” program organized by Macomb Community College.

Lawrence Technological University,, offers more than 100 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in the Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus is in Southfield, and programs are also offered in Detroit, Lansing, Petoskey and Traverse City. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.