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Southwestern Pennsylvania BotsIQ Finals          

April 25-26   

Cal U Convocation Center Arena

BotsIQ - 2014 Winners

These winners were announced at the close of the 2014 Southwestern Pennsylvania BotsIQ Finals:

Grand Champion - Plum Senior H.S. (Still N'Shock II)

1st Place - Plum Senior H.S. (Still N'Shock II)

2nd Place - Hempfield Area H.S. (K.A.R.A.)

Coolest Bot - Tie: Punxsutawney Area H.S. (Saw-3P0) and Admiral Peary AVTS (Biohazard)

Best Engineered Bot - Hempfield Area H.S. (K.A.R.A.)

Best Engineering Documentation - Highlands High School (Notorious B.O.T.)

Best Sportsmanship - Eastern Westmoreland CTC (Titaniax Mayhem)

Best Rookie Team - Freedom H.S. (VEKA)

King of the Ring - Admiral Peary AVTS (Biohazard)

Catalyst Connection Spirit Award - Punxsutawney Area H.S.

What BotsIQ Is All About

Last year’s smash hit, the Southwestern Pennsylvania BotsIQ Finals, returns to the Cal U Convocation Center April 25-26.

A manufacturing workforce development program disguised as a high school robotics competition, BotsIQ asks students to design and manufacture 15-pound robots that compete one-on-one in a mechanical fight for survival.This year robots compete for the first time inside the new Cal U Arena at BotsIQ, a new "battle zone" made from Makrolon polycarbonate sheets donated by Bayer and assembled by Hammill Manufacturing.

Along the way, students put science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills into practice. They also build competency in “soft” skills that employers identify as crucial in the 21st-century workplace, such as critical thinking, problem solving, project management, innovation and teamwork.

Sixty-six teams from 47 area schools qualified to send their custom-built ’bots into battle at Cal U. See the bracket

The students have worked for months to create innovative, battle-hardened robots for the gladiator-style competition. Judges look for aggression, control, damage and strategy — but teams also are judged on their engineering skills, documentation, interviews and sportsmanship.

The high-energy competition is free, and the public is welcome to enjoy all the hard-hitting action. Don’t miss BotsIQ in the Convocation Center, where the robots come out to play!

NFPA Fluid Power Challenge

While the robots clash in the arena, the 2014 National Fluid Power Association’s Fluid Power Challenge will be held from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. April 25 in the Cal U Convocation Center’s south wing.

Teams from 25 middle schools will compete to build a hydraulic system that completes a specific task. Teams have just a few hours to build the system. Points are awarded to teams that follow the specifications and produce a functioning device within the allotted time. 

Now in its fourth year, the NFPA Fluid Power Challenge is funded and staffed by Wojanis Hydraulic Supply Co., based in Coraopolis, Pa. Teams, families and spectators may use the South Wing entrance to the Convocation Center.  

BotsIQ events and the NFPA Fluid Power Challenge are open to the public. Admission is free.

On the air

Crews from KDKA-TV will be on hand to film the BotsIQ finals at the Convocation Center. Watch for these upcoming broadcast specials on KDKA-TV: 

  • May 3, 7:30 p.m. — BotsIQ, presented by Cal U, recapping the exciting “mechatronic mayhem” at the Southwestern Pennsylvania BotsIQ finals.

Event Details

Participating Schools

Allegheny County

Fayette County

Baldwin High School

Albert Gallatin High School

Chartiers Valley High School

Brownsville Area High School

Clairton High School (2)

Connellsville Are High School

Forbes road CTC (2)

Frazier High School

Fox Chapel Area High School

Greene County

Highlands High School (2)

Greene County CTC

Keystone Oaks High School

West Greene High School

Penn Hills School (2)

Indiana County

Plum High School (2)

Penns Manor High School

Propel Braddock Hills High School

The Kiski School

Riverview Jr. / Sr. High School

Jefferson County

Serra Catholic High School

Punxsutawney Area High School (2)

South Fayette Twp. High School (2)

Somerset County

South Park High School (2)

Somerset County Technology Center (2)

Steel Valley High School

Windber Area High School (2)

Western Pennsylvania School for the Death

Washington County

West Mifflin High School (2)

Burgettstown Area Middle/High School

Woodland Hills High School (2)

Ringgold High School

Armstrong County

Western Area CTC

Lenape Technical School

Westmoreland County

Beaver County

Derry Area High School (2)

Central Valley High School (2)

Eastern Westmoreland CTC

Freedom Area High School

Greater Latrobe Senior High School (2)

Bedford County

Greensburg Salem High School

Bedford High School (2)

Hempfield Area High School

Butler County

Kiski Area High School (2)

Butler Intermediate High School

Norwin High School (2)

Cambria County

Southmoreland High School (2)

Admiral Peary AVTS

Yough Senior High School


Teams will compete for these prizes: 

GRAND CHAMPION: The Grand Champion Traveling Trophy, designed and created by regional companies, will be awarded to the team with the best overall performance in the competition, documentation, team interviews and other awards. The team also receives ribbons for team members, and a plaque and a $1,000 scholarship from the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Tooling & Machining Association for the team to attend the association’s National Robotics League Competition May 17-19 in Indianapolis, Ind.

1ST PLACE WINNER: The team receives the traveling trophy designed and created by regional companies; ribbons for team members; a plaque and a $1,000 scholarship from the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Tooling & Machining Association for the team to attend the association’s National Robotics League Competition May 17-19 in Indianapolis, Ind. 

2ND PLACE WINNER: The team receives ribbons for team members and a plaque.

COOLEST ’BOT: Winner of this award is selected by the students.

BEST ENGINEERED ’BOT: Winner of this award is selected by the Safety Committee. 

BEST ENGINEERING DOCUMENTATION: Every team interviews and presents its extensive documentation. College professors and other industry volunteers who conduct the interviews determine the category winner. 

BEST SPORTSMANSHIP: Winner of this award is selected by the students. 

BEST ROOKIE TEAM: Winner of this award is the rookie team that advances farthest in the competition bracket . 

KING OF THE RING: The winner of the final rumble receives this award. 

SCHOOL SPIRIT: This award is sponsored by Catalyst Connection.

About BotsIQ

As a result of their hard work and dedication, the first Southwestern Pennsylvania BotsIQ competition was launched in spring 2006, with six high schools participating. 

Now in its ninth year, the program has grown to include 51 high schools, 72 teams and more than 800 students. Of those, 66 teams from 47 schools qualified to compete in the SWPA BotsIQ Finals. 

The SWPA BotsIQ program provides high school students with an exciting, hands-on team experience where they design and build a 15-pound ’bot to battle in a gladiator-style competition.  Under the expert guidance of their teachers and industry mentors, students develop skills in mechanical and electrical engineering, machining, project management, communication, innovation, problem solving and teamwork.

In a recent survey, more than 82 percent of the responding students stated that their first choice for a career path is manufacturing or a STEM-related profession. These results indicate that the BotsIQ program is working.

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