Oct. 9, 2003
CONTACT: Carol Anderson

EMU Family Day Adds Sci-Fi Touch With Seiger the Robot

YPSILANTI --– “Star Wars” had R2D2 and C3PO and now EMU’s Family Day is going high tech with Seiger the Robot, a local creation of Ypsilanti High School students.

The 3-foot, 130-lb. robot used its 8-foot wing span to smash and bash its way into the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) national robotic competition during this year’s regionals at EMU’s Convocation Center.

Seiger, along with its creators from Ypsilanti High School, will demonstrate some of those maneuvers as one of the newest “stars” at Eastern Michigan University’s Family Day Saturday, Oct. 11, noon to 4 p.m. at 125 Sill Hall.

The brainchild of the Ypsilanti High School robotics team, Seiger successfully completed climbing a ramp, knocking over boxes and defending its territory during the regional competition.

Team members will be on hand to discuss the building of the robot and how they created a remote-control glove design that took the Leadership in Controls award at the regional competition this year.

The day will also feature more than 50 other free activities which are open to the public.
For more information on Family Day, go to or call 734.487.4400.