Nov. 20 Thanksgiving RoboParade Showcases Student Built Robots: Lawrence Technological University’s fifth annual Thanksgiving RoboParade will be held Saturday, Nov. 20, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Macomb Community College’s 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. This year’s RoboParde will be a part of “American Ingenuity: Embracing the Freedom to Dream” program organized by Macomb Community College.

Michigan Biomass Waste To Energy Summit Set For Dec. 7: Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth Acting Director Andrew S. Levin announced Monday that registrations are now being accepted for the Michigan Biomass Waste to Energy Summit set for Tuesday, Dec. 7 at Michigan State University’s Kellogg Center in East Lansing. The one-day conference is sponsored by DELEG in partnership with Michigan State University Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, and Michigan Economic Development Corp. in an effort to help facilitate the transfer of biomass waste to energy technologies to Michigan communities. The summit is targeted for Michiganders interested in market opportunities and strategies for this emerging green technology including venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, researchers, and industry, association and government leaders. The summit will explore a number of new and emerging waste to energy technologies that are able to produce energy from waste and other fuels without direct combustion including biochemical, thermochemical, biological and integrated systems. There will be four focus group breakout sessions in the afternoon to discuss these emerging green industries along with an opportunity to continue the discussion beyond the conference. If you are interested in attending the conference, please register as soon as possible since space is limited. Registration is available at Please note: only registration by check is available. Cost is $50 per registrant. Hotel accommodations are available at the Kellogg Center,, or by calling (800) 875-5090. A special room rate for Dec. 6 is available for $65 by mentioning the “Waste to Energy Summit.” Send checks made payable to Michigan State University to the attention of Cheryl Feldkamp, Fiscal Manager, 216 Farrall Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824-1323.  Questions regarding payment may be made to her at or calling (517) 353-3975.

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