Lawrence Tech set to host national Robofest tournament

A robotics competition like the upcoming
Robofest at Lawrence Technological University is obviously a play to get
more young people interested in a career in robotics. But CJ Chung, a
computer science professor at Lawrence Tech, says it has a broader goal.

“We are using robots to further math and science learning,” Chung says. “That’s the purpose of Robofest.”

Lawrence Tech
is hosting the 12th annual World Robofest Championship
on May 7. welcoming 65 teams from around the world. They include 35
teams from outside of Michigan and a few from Canada and South Korea.
Chung also likes to point out that this competition also has
entrepreneurial aspirations.

“Some of my students who have participated in Robofest have started their own companies,” Chung says.

Robofest
is a competition of autonomous robots (computer-programmed to act
independently) that encourages students to have fun while learning
principles of science, technology, engineering, and math. Students
design, construct, and program the robots. Adult coaches are not allowed
to assist during the events.

Admission and parking are free. For more information, call (248) 204-3566 or send an email to robofest@ltu.edu or click here.

Source: CJ Chung, computer science professor at Lawrence Technological University
Writer: Jon Zemke

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This article previously appeared in Metromode.