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ROBOTS READY FOR COMBAT TODAY AT CAL U

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Posted on March 8, 2012

Students from 43 local high schools will take custom-built robots into battle during the 7th annual Southwestern Pennsylvania preliminary BotsIQ competition March 23 and 24 in the Performance Center of California University of Pennsylvania.

Robot combat is scheduled from 9:30 a.m.-noon and from 1-4:30 p.m. each day.

BotsIQ is a national program supported locally by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association.

Based on the robotics curriculum from the National Curriculum Standards and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s mechanical engineering methodology, students are taught to design, build and battle robots in an exciting, gladiator-style competition.

The program tests students’ knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math — the subjects collectively known as STEM — as well as their recordkeeping and public speaking ability.

High scores are given to teams that win battles, but the top award will go to the team that also demonstrates the strongest documentation and the best group interview skills.

“This is a great time for students and parents to visit campus and see STEM in action,” says Michael Amrhein, director for the Office of Outreach and Integration for TEAMS (Technology, Engineering, Art, Math and Science) at Cal U.

In addition to educating students in an exciting environment, the program aims to build a strong manufacturing workforce in the Pittsburgh region.

Among the 52 “BotsIQ companies” in southwestern Pennsylvania are Allegheny Ludlum, in Washington, Pa.; Dura-Metal products, in Irwin; Jatco Machine and Tool, in Pittsburgh; Kennametal Knowledge Center, in Latrobe; and Lockheed Martin Aero Division, in Johnstown.

All teams that participate in the preliminary competition will advance to the finals, held April 13-14 at Westmoreland County Community College in Youngwood, Pa. 

Dowload a list of participating schools.

Watch the video below to see highlights from a previous BotsIQ competition at Cal U.