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Posted on April 7, 2016

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The winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Southwestern Pennsylvania BotsIQ Finals! This list is unofficial; for official information, visit www.botsiqpa.org.

Grand Champion: Hempfield Area High School, Epsilon

1st Place: Plum Senior High, Knockout

2nd Place: Bedford High School, Uncle Slam

Coolest Bot (tie): Bedford High School, Captain Murica; Central Valley School District, Dumb & Dumber

Best Engineered Bot: Admiral Peary AVTS, Hades

Best Engineering Documentation: Hempfield Area High School, Epsilon

Best Sportsmanship: Clairton High School, X

Best Rookie Team: Belle Vernon Area High School, Lou

King of the Ring: West Mifflin High School, Chaos

Catalyst Connection Spirit Award: Bedford High School

About BotsIQ at Cal U

Southwestern Pennsylvania BotsIQ Finals 
9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. April 8
8:45 a.m.-8 p.m. April 9
Cal U Convocation Center arena 

More than 60 high schools and career and technology centers will bring their custom-built, 15-pound robots to face off in gladiator-style bouts inside a shatterproof, polycarbonate “battle zone” inside the Convocation Center during the 11th annual Southwestern Pennsylvania BotsIQ Finals.

Admission is free, and the public may attend. 

See a list of participating schools

See the schedule

About BotsIQ

Ten years ago the Pittsburgh chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) joined a group of manufacturers and educators to bring BotsIQ to southwestern Pennsylvania. 

BotsIQ draws on students’ knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), as well as project management and public speaking. Students spend months designing and fabricating their robots and practicing to take them into battle. Manufacturers support and mentor BotsIQ teams, building a valuable network for participants.

About 85% of BotsIQ competitors plan careers in STEM-related fields. Skills learned through BotsIQ are aligned with those needed for jobs in industry, as well as higher education. 

Parent Information Session

During the finals competition at Cal U, parents can participate in a free information session to learn more about careers in manufacturing. The session will take place 12:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m. April 9 in the Convocation Center.

Lunch will be served. Registration is required.

Join Us

Admission to the Southwestern Pennsylvania BotsIQ Finals is free. Everyone is welcome to attend this family-friendly event.

Visitor parking is available in the Vulcan Garage, off Third Street near the campus entrance.

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