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    The Pine-Richard High School team works on their robot.

    Southwestern Pennsylvania BotsIQ Finals
    April 28-29 
    Cal U Convocation Center

    Talk about fast and furious! Robots return to the Convocation Center April 28-29 for the Southwestern Pennsylvania BotsIQ Finals.

    About 1,200 students — that’s 61 teams from 77 schools — designed and built 15-pound robots for this year’s gladiator-style competition.

    Some ‘bots will emerge from the arena victorious. Others will be carried out in pieces, (hopefully) to be repaired and returned to the ring.

    The public is invited to witness the fast-paced, hard-hitting action in the Convocation Center, where the robots come out to play! Admission is free.

    April 28

    • 9 a.m. — Opening ceremony
    • 9:30 a.m. — First bouts

    April 29

    • 8:45 a.m. —Opening ceremony
    • 9 a.m. — First bouts
    • 7:30 p.m. — Closing ceremony; awards presentation 

    Volunteers are needed to assist with SWPA BotIQ. Help to create a safe, secure environment for full-contact innovation! Register to volunteer 

    About BotsIQ

    More than a competition, BotsIQ is a workforce development program that builds critical STEM skills and points students toward careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

    Manufacturers and other sponsors work side by side with mentors, schools, teachers and parents to encourage interest in STEM and connect students with employers, workforce training and higher education.

    In addition to designing and building remote-control robots, BotsIQ competitors complete extensive documentation, just as they would in an industrial setting. The competition draws on students' knowledge of STEM skills, documentation and public speaking. 

    The Pittsburgh Chapter National Tooling and Machining Association brought BotsIQ to the region in 2005. Six schools entered that first competition. Today, SWPA BotsIQ has grown to 10 times its original size and counts more than 5,000 students among its “alumni.”  

    SWPA BotsIQ is managed by New Century Careers and affiliated with the National Robotics League, which holds its national competition May 19-20, also at California University of Pennsylvania.

    STEAM Showcase

    In conjunction with the SWPA Bots IQ Finals, a free STEAM Showcase will be held in the Convocation Center.

    The free event gives area school districts an opportunity to highlight their programs in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Intermediate Unit 1’s Mobile Fab Lab also will be on hand.

    The showcase is presented by SWPA BotsIQ and IU1, in collaboration with Remake Learning and PAECT.

    Cal U Connection

    Cal U has welcomed SWPA BotsIQ to the Convocation Center annually since 2013. The University is proud to note that former competitors have enrolled as students, and Cal U faculty and alumni can be found among the judges and other volunteers at the competition.

    Competitors and their families are invited to speak with Cal U staff and faculty, or to visit the interactive kiosks in the Convocation Center lobby. To learn more about Cal U’s academic programs, including the bachelor’s degree in mechatronics engineering technology and the new associate degree in drone technology, visit



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