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The BotsIQ program has exploded locally with 65 schools and 1300 students participating annually in this robot-building competition.

BotsIQ is a manufacturing workforce development program disguised as a high school robotics competition. The Smart Sport is designed to provide high school students with an exciting, hands-on team experience while they learn about the pathways to a rewarding career in manufacturing. Through the BotsIQ program, students build 15-pound battling robots that compete annually at regional colleges.

The guiding principles of the BotsIQ program include the following:

  • Provides a fun learning program that encourages young people to consider a career in manufacturing
  • Is low cost to schools
  • Supports worker pipeline development for the regional manufacturing industry

Competitions are held in March at Westmoreland County Community College and Butler County Community College. California University of PA hosts the finals competition in April. There are plenty of opportunities for local manufacturing companies to partner with the schools through this program including as sponsors, technical advisors, event volunteers or offering plant tours.

To learn more about this program or how to get involved, contact Bill Padnos, Executive Director of BotsIQ, at padnos@ncsquared.com  or check out the program's website at www.botsiqpa.org.