Robotics Engineering Technology Program
Application of robotics is a “multi-craft” activity in the blending of multiple disciplines including computer science, computer engineering, mechanics and electrical engineering. A roboticist engages in design, construction, and programming of robotic systems. The robotics engineering technology (RET) program at Cal U is an introduction to mechatronic systems with special emphasis on agile robots, i.e., robots with free-ranging mobility. Agile and personal robotics is a $100 billion emerging industry.
Mechatronics is an interdisciplinary field that combines computer, electrical and mechanical engineering to create control devices for hybrid systems. The study of robotics is founded on the principles of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
From the initial creation of the RET program, Cal U has been affiliated with the Robotics Academy at Carnegie Mellon University. Cal U is also tied in with numerous K-12 schools in the 2+2+2 program and as a regional supporter of Bots-IQ and FIRST competition events. Additionally, the RET program works closely with the National Center for Robotics Engineering Technology Education (NCRETE) at Cal U.
Because the RET program relies on a number of existing, accredited programs, you have the flexibility to continue study toward a baccalaureate degree. Four-year B.S. programs such as computer engineering technology, electrical engineering technology, technology management and computer science are natural extensions to the RET program.
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Bots IQ 2011
Cal U and the National Center for Robotics Engineering Technology Education (NCRETE) recently hosted the 2011 Southwestern PA BotsIQ preliminary rounds. During this event, local technical and high schools battled their robots inside a glass cage. We've uploaded videos of the individual matches as well as produced a "top 10" video.