Michigan teams finished first in three of the six major categories at the 15th annual Robofest World Championships held May 17 at Lawrence Technological University.
Over 70 teams competed in the final round of competition, including teams from nine other states besides Michigan – Ohio, Texas, Minnesota, Florida, Hawaii, California, Missouri, Indiana and Washington – and eight other countries – Canada, Mexico, South Korea, China, India, South Africa, Brazil and France.
The winning teams at the Robofest World Championships included:
- College Vision Centric Challenge: Luxrobo, Seoul, South Korea.
- Senior Vision Centric Challenge: BOG, Seoul, South Korea.
- Junior Exhibition: Metal Robots, Canton, Michigan.
- Junior Game: Hoben iTerrifics, Canton, Michigan.
- Senior Exhibition: Dragons, Vanderbijlpark, South Africa.
- Senior Game: NCA Lights, Northville, Michigan.
The People’s Choice Award in the Michigan Exhibition category went to RoboClimbers and RoboCruisers, both of Canton.
The Doge team from Farmington Hills was second in the Senior Vision Centric Challenge. RoboCruisers of Canton finished second in the Senior Game.
“The level of competition continues to improve every year,” said LTU Professor CJ Chung, the founder of Robofest. “It is becoming harder and harder for teams here in Michigan to finish first. It is a real accomplishment when they do.”
Students from the Shanghai University of Engineering and Science who are studying at LTU finished second in the College Vision Centric Challenge.
Demonstrating the geographic diversity of the competition, the five winners of the Best Team Photo Award came from Brampton, Canada; Belton, Texas; Newark, Ohio; Seoul, South Korea; and Paris, France.
Now in its 15th year, Robofest recently was named the national organizer for the United States for the World Robot Olympiad Association(WRO-USA), which runs a global LEGO robotics competition that draws participants from around the world. WRO Secretary General Claus Ditlev Christensen of Denmark spoke at the Robofest World Championships.
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 100 universities for return on undergraduate tuition investment, and highest in the Detroit metropolitan area. Lawrence Tech is also listed in the top tier of Midwestern universities by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review. Students benefit from small class sizes and experienced faculty who provide a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus include over 60 student clubs and organizations and a growing roster of NAIA varsity sports.