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    SEE HARD-HITTING BATTLES AT SWPA BOTSIQ FINALS

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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 www.calu.edu/academics.

    2017 PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS

    2017 PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS

    Admiral Peary AVTS

    Albert Gallatin High School

    Avonworth High School

    Baldwin High School

    Beaver County CTC

    Bedford High School

    Belle Vernon High School

    Brentwood High School

    Brownsville High School

    Butler Intermediate High School

    Butler Senior High School

    California Area High School

    Canon-McMillan High School

    Carmichaels High School

    Central Valley High School

    Charleroi Area High School

    Chartiers-Houston Jr./Sr. High School

    Clairton High School

    Connellsville Area High School

    Deer Lakes High School

    Derry Area High School

    Eastern Westmoreland CTC

    Elizabeth Forward High School

    Fox Chapel Area High School

    Franklin Regional High School

    Frazier High School

    Freedom Area High School

    Greater Latrobe Senior High School

    Greene County CTC

    Greene County Home Schoolers

    Greensburg Salem High School

    Hempfield Area High School

    Highlands High School

    Keystone Oaks High School

    Kiski Area High School

    Mt. Pleasant Area Sr. High

    Moniteau High School

    Norwin High School

    Penn Hills High School

    Penn-Trafford High School

    Pine-Richland High School

    Pittsburgh Brashear High School

    Pittsburgh Science and Technology Academy

    Plum High School

    Punxsutawney High School

    Ringgold High School

    Riverview High School

    Seneca Valley Sr. High School

    Serra Catholic High School

    Sharpsville Area High School

    Somerset CTC

    South Allegheny High School

    South Fayette High School

    South Park High School

    Southmoreland High School

    Trinity High School

    Union High School

    West Greene High School

    West Mifflin High School

    Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf

    Woodland Hills High School

    Yough High School

    Western Area Career & Technology Center