LTU Hosts RoboSumo Championship Nov. 3

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Lawrence Technological University's Southfield campus

Lawrence Technological University’s Southfield campus

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SOUTHFIELD — Students from middle school and high school will battle for supremacy in the RoboSumo North American Championship on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road in Southfield.
 
The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the gallery (room A210) of the Architecture Building. See http://ltu.edu/contacts/ for a campus map and directions.
 
The student teams must program their robots to find and intentionally push a two-liter bottle (filled with a liter of water) off the table or be the last robot remaining on the table. RoboSumo usually  involves pushing an opponent off the table, and the introduction of a bottle as an additional target object makes the game more challenging.
 
Winners of this competition will advance to the International Robot Olympic in Korea in December.
 
The competitors include 15 junior teams (grades 5-8) and 10 senior teams (grades 9-12) from Battle Creek, Canton Township, Detroit, Macomb Township, Milan, Northville, Rochester Hills, South Lyon, and Sterling Heights. A team from Markham, Ont., makes this an international event.
 
The competition provides the opportunity to see young students apply STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts such as Newton’s laws of motion while having fun playing the autonomous robot games.
 
For more information, call (248) 204-3569, visit www.robofest.net, or email robofest@ltu.edu.

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