BotsIQ Final Competition comes to Cal U. BotsIQ Final Competition comes to Cal U.

KDKA TAPES BOTSIQ FINALS AT CAL U

Photo of student driving BotsIQ car.

Robots are revving up for the 2013 southwestern Pennsylvania finals of the BotsIQ contest, coming to the Cal U Convocation Center April 19-20.

Known as the “smart sport,” BotsIQ is an exciting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) robotics competition, where robots designed and manufactured by high school students face off and fight for survival.

Students from more than 40 area high schools, guided by industry advisers, have worked for months to create 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.

Representatives from education, workforce development, government, and industry give their time, talents and resources to make this important STEM initiative a reality.

State Education Secretary Ron Tomalis is among the VIPs expected to attend.

Explore mechatronics

KDKA-TV will be on hand in the Convocation Center to film the battling robots and to explore mechatronics, the science behind advanced manufacturing and one of the region’s fastest-growing fields. Learn more about mechatronics

Beginning in fall 2013, Cal U will offer a bachelor’s degree in mechatronics engineering technology — the first four-year mechatronics program in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Mechatronics blends mechanical, electrical and computing technology with automated control and information systems.  

A mechatronics engineering technologist works with mechanical devices that incorporate mechanical, electrical, computer and software components, such as robots, automated guided systems, computer-integrated manufacturing or other “smart” devices. About mechatronics

On the air

A 30-minute television show about the BotsIQ competition at California University of Pennsylvania will air at 7:30 p.m. April 27 on KDKA-TV.

Crews from KDKA will be on hand to film the contest both Friday and Saturday at the Convocation Center.

So join the fun! The BotsIQ contest is free and open to the public. Visitor parking is available in the Vulcan Garage, off Third Street near the campus entrance.

Additional information

BotsIQ contest schedules

Friday, April 19, 2013

7:30 a.m.: First volunteers arrive — Team registration, volunteer registration and scheduling, safety judges, pit monitors and security, volunteer lounge, site and event coordinators, and facilities lead.

8 a.m.: A and B teams arrive. Volunteers arrive — Scale judges, speed test judges, test box monitors.

8:30 a.m.: Documentation review begins. Volunteers arrive — Documentation reviewers.

9 a.m.: Final preparation for opening ceremony. Volunteers arrive — Timer, referees, on-deck lead and assistants, arena sweepers, master of ceremonies, event photographers, competition judges, pit runners, BotsIQ sales clerk lead, expo area workers, team escorts, scorekeeper, welders and grinders.

9:15 a.m.: Formal opening ceremony.

9:30 a.m.: First bouts.10 a.m.: C and D teams arrive. Volunteers arrive — Press contact, interviewers, BotsIQ sales clerks, student surveys.

12:30 p.m.: Lunch. (Food will be available for purchase on campus.)

1:15 p.m.: Bouts resume.

5:30 p.m.: Bouts conclude.

Saturday, April 20, 2013 

7:30 a.m.: First volunteers arrive —Team registration, volunteer registration and scheduling, safety judges, pit monitors and security, volunteer lounge, site and event coordinators, and facilities lead. 

8 a.m.: Teams arrive. Volunteers arrive —Scale judges, speed test judges, test box monitors. 

8:30 a.m.: Final preparation for opening ceremony. Volunteers arrive — Timer, referees, on-deck lead and assistants, arena sweepers, master of ceremonies, event photographers, competition judges, pit runners, BotsIQ sales clerk lead, expo area workers, team escorts, scorekeeper, documentation reviewers, welders and grinders. 

8:45 a.m.: Opening ceremony. 

9 a.m.: First bouts. Volunteers arrive — Press contact, interviewers, BotsIQ sales clerks, student surveys. 

12:30 p.m.: Lunch. (Food will be available for purchase on campus.) 

1:15 p.m.: Bouts resume. 

5:45 p.m.: Bouts conclude. Awards presenters arrive. 

6:00 p.m.: Awards ceremony.

Competing schools

Admiral Perry Area Vocational Technical School

Albert Gallatin High School

Beaver County Area Vocational Technical School

Belle Vernon Area High School (2 teams)

Central Valley High School

Chartiers Valley High School

Clairton High School

Derry Area High School

Eastern Westmoreland Career & Technology Center

Fayette Career & Technical Institute

Forbes Road Career & Technology Center

Frazier High School

Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center

Greater Latrobe High School

Hempfield Area Senior High School

Highlands High School

Kiski Area High School

Lenape Tech

Mapletown High School

Montour High School

Norwin High School

Parkway West Career & Technology Center

Penn Hills High School

Penns Manor High School

Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy

Plum Senior High School

Propel Braddock Hills High School

Punxsutawney Area High School

Ringgold High School

Riverview High School

Serra Catholic

Somerset County Technical Center

South Fayette High School

South Park High School

Southmoreland High School

Springdale Junior/Senior High School

Steele Center Area Vocational Technical School

Sto-Rox High School

The Kiski School

West Mifflin High School

Western Area Career & Technology Center

Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf

Windber Area High School

Woodland Hills High School

 

BotsIQ awards

Teams will be competing 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 will receive 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 will receive 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: Ribbons for team members and a plaque.

COOLEST ’BOT: Voted on by the students.

BEST ENGINEERED ’BOT: Voted on 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: Voted on by the students. 

BEST ROOKIE TEAM: The rookie team that advances the farthest in the competition bracket .

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

Industry partners

The growth of BotsIQ in southwestern Pennsylvania would not be possible without a dedicated group of people who believe in the future of young people and manufacturing.

DIAMOND LEVEL SPONSORS

R.K. Mellon Foundation

Peoples Natural Gas

Kennametal Inc.

Alcoa Foundation

Hamill Manufacturing Co.

Oberg Industries

Du-Co Ceramics Co. 

BotsIQ MANAGEMENT TEAM EMPLOYERS

California University of Pennsylvania

Catalyst Connection

Community College of Allegheny County

Composidie Inc.

Forbes Road Career & Technology Center

Hamill Manufacturing Co.

Jennison Corp.

Kurt J. Lesker Co.

Manufacturing Industry Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania

New Century Careers

Oberg Industries

Pittsburgh Chapter, National Tooling & Machining Association

Private Industry Council of Westmoreland/Fayette Inc.

SMC Business Councils

University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

Westmoreland County Community College

Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board