Robots will parade, perform and inspire at Macomb Community College

– Monday, November 4, 2013 12:00AM

Lawrence Tech’s RoboFest lets students show off their technical and artistic skills
 

What is there to not like about robots? Our mechanical helpers save labor, boost productivity and can be a lot of fun to build, operate and watch.

Macomb Community College is hosting Lawrence Technological University’s 8th annual RoboFest on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Macomb Community College’s Sports and Expo Center, located on the college’s South Campus in Warren.  The event is open to the public and admission is free.

This motorized, computer-controlled festival includes the annual Indoor Robot Thanksgiving Parade. The parade features fully autonomous robotic floats built and programmed by teams of 4th- through 12th-grade students.  A new addition to the event this year is the Global Robotics Arts Festival (GRAF), which will feature student-built interactive robotics competing in visual and performing arts categories such as robot dancing, robot music and robot skits. GRAF is open to all robotic enthusiasts, including student teams from 4th grade through college, hobbyists and robotics companies.

“The goal of this event is to get students building and operating robots,” said Lawrence Tech professor CJ Chung, who is also director of autonomous robots at the university. “We hope that the experience will inspire them to consider a career in robotics or other STEM (science, engineering, technology, and math) fields.”

Robofest is one of several opportunities that Macomb provides to pre-college students to introduce and actively engage them in activities that require skills in the STEM disciplines.

“We host RoboFest because it provides a compelling, interactive forum in which pre-college students can engage in STEM-related activities,” said Joe Petrosky, dean, engineering and advanced technology, Macomb Community College. “By participating, students are able to explore possibilities in science and technology fields, which are expected to provide a lot of exciting, good-paying jobs in the future.”

For more information about RoboFest, visit www.RoboFest.net.

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College (www.macomb.edu) is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually.  Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and as the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan.  The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

Media Contact: James Melton, 586.445.7271, meltonj@macomb.edu

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