They’re building robots.
We’re building a workforce.
How’s that for ingenuity?
The spark is now full combustion! Faced with an aging manufacturing workforce, The Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association spear-headed efforts to bring a national student robotics program to the Pittsburgh region. Local manufacturers and educators joined forces in 2005, and with just 6 schools, launched BotsIQ. Now, a decade later, the program has exploded to include more than 60 schools and its own fan base. Working with a Robotics Curriculum based on the National Curriculum Standards and Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) mechanical engineering methodology, southwestern Pennsylvania students are taught to design, build and battle robots in a gladiator-style competition. The competition draws on students’ knowledge of math, science, engineering and even public speaking. Perhaps most importantly, students see that building things is challenging, it’s fun, and it’s a potential career.
Help BotsIQ develop your future workforce.
There are two ways to donate:
Educators and manufacturers partner in this exciting program, and volunteers are always needed to share their expertise.
For more information about BotsIQ, visit: http://www.botsiqpa.org/
Contact executive director, Bill Padnos at: Padnos@ncsquared.com or 412.258.6629