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Thanksgiving RoboParade will collect food for Gleaners

Release Date: November 11, 2011

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. Lawrence Technological University’s sixth annual Thanksgiving RoboParade will collect canned food for Gleaners Community Food Bank on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9-11 a.m. and 12-3 p.m. at the Sports & Expo Center on the south campus of Macomb Community College, 14500 E. 12 Mile in Warren. The event is open to the public, and admission is free.

Canned food can also be dropped off at the Sports & Expo Center from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18. The preferred can sizes are 14.5 and 15.5 ounces.

Every year the robot floats constructed and programmed by elementary, middle and high school students navigate a mock Woodward Avenue parade route between Orchestra Hall and the Renaissance Center. This year the model Renaissance Center will be constructed of donated canned goods.

After team presentations, the RoboParade will begin about 1 p.m.

“This is a great opportunity to give back to the community and those who are in need this holiday season,” said Lawrence Tech Associate Professor CJ Chung, the organizer of the Thanksgiving RoboParade. “We are asking the teams, event volunteers and spectators to bring canned goods that can be used for the parade route and then donated to Gleaners.”

Spectators will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite robotic floats and enter raffle prize drawings.

RoboParade is intended to help inspire students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and computer science in a creative environment.

This year students will come from Cranbrook Kingswood, the Shrine Academy in Royal Oak, St. Mary of Berkley, Our Lady of Victory School in Northville, South Lyon, Burton School in Detroit, Gompers Elementary/Middle School in Detroit, Cornerstone School (Nevada Primary) in Detroit, Winans Academy of Performing Arts in Detroit, Michigan Technical Academy in Redford, Macomb Township 4-H, and Detroit Country Day School.  There will also be teams from Sterling Heights, Troy, and Canton.

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

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, Traverse City and Toronto. Lawrence Tech also partners with universities in Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.