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Future robotics engineers to compete in Robofest regional championship April 24

Release Date: April 15, 2010

Southfield, Mich.– More than 60 teams that have advanced from 11 qualifying events in Michigan will compete in the Michigan Regional Robofest Championship Saturday, April 24, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Ridler Field House at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 West Ten Mile Road, Southfield.

Admission and parking are free. This year’s robot game mission is to remove debris (water bottles), rescue a trapped victim (another water bottle), and return to the safe zone.

For more information, call (248) 204-3566, email, or visit

Robofest is a competition of autonomous robots – computer-programmed to act independently and not radio-controlled – that encourages students to have fun while learning principles of computer science, physics, math, engineering and technology. Students design, construct and program the robots, and adult coaches are not allowed to assist during the events. Teams compete in the junior division (grades 5-9), senior division (grades 9-12) and college division using a variety of computer programming languages to accomplish numerous tasks with robots.

This year’s 11 qualifying competitions in Michigan drew 185 teams. Seventeen teams will be selected from the Michigan regional competition to advance to the World Robofest Championship May 8 at Lawrence Tech.

Lawrence Technological University,, offers more than 100 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in 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.