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RoboParade navigates through Lawrence Tech Nov. 19

Release Date: November 11, 2009

Southfield, Mich. - Lawrence Technological University will host the fourth annual Thanksgiving RoboParade, an indoor autonomous robot demonstration, on Thursday, Nov. 19, 6-8:30 p.m. in the Buell Management Building cafeteria on the campus at 21000 West Ten Mile Road in Southfield. 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. At 7:30 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 detect other robots and to stop and start without human help along the parade route. 

Participants will come from University of Detroit Jesuit High, Cranbrook Kingswood in Bloomfield Hills, Northville's Our Lady of Victory, Garden City's United Christian School, Highland Park High School, Macomb Christian Schools and from various other communities including Royal Oak, Rochester Hills, Birmingham, Southfield and Ira Township.

Organized by the Robofest office in the College of Arts and Sciences at Lawrence Tech, the event grew out of the computer summer camps at Lawrence Tech 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' enthusiasm for 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 three parades.  

Lawrence Technological University,, offers nearly 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.