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MESSAGE FROM BOTSIQ EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Education is changing.  BotsIQ is here to help.

For over 15 years, the Pittsburgh Chapter National Tooling & Machining Foundation has introduced manufacturing careers to high school students across southwestern Pennsylvania through its signature youth program, Southwestern Pennsylvania BotsIQ (BotsIQ). This combat robotics program has impacted nearly 10,000 high school students with exciting, hands-on STEM learning as they design, build, and compete with their 15-pound robotic creations, all the while building the technical knowledge and skills needed for rewarding advanced manufacturing and STEM career opportunities.

Students are provided an extra opportunity to increase their technical knowledge through BotsIQ’s advanced online curriculum in BotsIQ Academy. Launched in 2018, BotsIQ Academy utilizes online educational platforms such as Tooling U-SME, SolidProfessor, and Mastercam University, to deliver industry-based curriculum in topics such as basic measurement and math, blueprint reading, safety, and Computer-Aided Design.

Through BotsIQ’s Close the Loop program, students in Fayette and Westmoreland counties delve deeper into manufacturing career pathways through job shadowing, co-op, or internship opportunities with local companies.

BotsIQ has three overarching goals:

  • To advance STEM education and provide resources to local high schools to develop hands-on technical learning;
  • To link students with industry mentors and promote an understanding of manufacturing and STEM career pathways to high school students in the region;
  • To promote an understanding of manufacturing and STEM career pathways to parents of high school students in the region.

BotsIQ holds a pivotal position as a workforce development program that attracts smart, capable students who love to build things and solve problems — exactly the type of people that will comprise the future manufacturing workforce.

Join us today!  For more information, email [email protected].

Sincerely,
Michel Conklin
Executive Director, BotsIQ

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All donations to BotsIQ go directly to supporting the program.

SWPA BotsIQ is a program of the 501(c)3 organization Pittsburgh Chapter National Tooling & Machining Foundation. All donations are tax-deductible.

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What is BotsIQ?

BotsIQ is a manufacturing workforce development program whose goal is to provide a pathway for high school students to learn about rewarding career options in manufacturing. This is accomplished by inviting students to participate in an exciting, hands-on high school robotics competition.

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14 hours ago

SWPA BotsIQ

For the 3rd year, BotsIQ Academy increased students technical knowledge through online classes in Tooling U-SME and SolidProfessor.

Congratulations to these students for completing 5 or more classes this school year!

BotsIQ Academy is made possible with support from Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, Arconic Foundation, Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board, and Beaver County Foundation.

#manufacturing #training #careers #BotsIQAcademy #BotsIQ
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For the 3rd year, BotsIQ Academy increased students technical knowledge through online classes in Tooling U-SME and SolidProfessor.  

Congratulations to these students for completing 5 or more classes this school year!

BotsIQ Academy is made possible with support from Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, Arconic Foundation, Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board, and Beaver County Foundation.

#manufacturing #training #careers #BotsIQAcademy #BotsIQ

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That's fantastic! Congratulations to everyone!

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1 day ago

SWPA BotsIQ

✔️programmed robot arms.
✔️tested and troubleshooted end effectors and robot arms.
✔️competed in the #BotsIQ Cobot Challenge.
✔️Cobot Challenge Summer Camp was a success!

Funding provided by: Chevron, PNC Charitable Trust, and Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board.

#cobots #cobotchallenge #robots #summercamp #manufacturing #ste
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3 days ago

SWPA BotsIQ

🤖 toured Westmoreland County Community College Advanced Technology Center.
🤖 learned about careers in manufacturing.
🤖 introduced to text-based coding.
🤖 wired potentiometers.
🤖 Cobot Challenge Summer Camp is supported by Chevron, PNC Charitable Trust and Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board.

#cobotchallenge #cobots #robotics #summercamp
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3 days ago

SWPA BotsIQ

Meet #BotsIQ's Summer Interns Cally Fleming and Max Strong.

Cally is a recent graduate from California University of Pennsylvania and will begin her teaching career at Allegheny Valley School District (Official District Site) as the new Technology Teacher this school year.

Max will be a Senior at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and majors in Computer Engineering.

Thank you to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and Partner4Work for supporting BotsIQ's Summer Interns.

#PASummerInterns #NationalInternDay #InternsofPA2021 #SummerInternship #Internships #STEMcareers
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Meet #BotsIQs Summer Interns Cally Fleming and Max Strong. 

Cally is a recent graduate from California University of Pennsylvania and will begin her teaching career at Allegheny Valley School District (Official District Site) as the new Technology Teacher this school year.

Max will be a Senior at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and majors in Computer Engineering. 

Thank you to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and Partner4Work  for supporting BotsIQs Summer Interns. 

#PASummerInterns #NationalInternDay #InternsofPA2021 #SummerInternship #Internships #STEMcareersImage attachment

4 days ago

SWPA BotsIQ

✔️ Last day of Professional Development for Summer Interns! All About Interviews day was a success and included HR Professionals from Aerotech, Inc., Gecko Robotics, Hamill Manufacturing Company, Oberg Industries, Inc, Premier Automation, and Harbison Walker International. Thank you to Jacqueline Chester, Jason Rellick, Melissa Slebrich, Lindsay Karr, Emily Keating, Melissa Cushey, Lauren Plummer, Ryleigh Vertes, and Lisa Ferrero for providing your expert advice and feedback on cover letters, resumes, references, LinkedIn profiles, and interview questions.

We stopped in at the BotsIQ Cobot Challenge Summer Camp which was hosted today at Central Westmoreland CTC. Our special visitors today were Janet Ward, Anna Filosemi, and Daniel Cervone from the Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board!

#BotsIQ internships are funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board.

#manufacturing #stem #robotics #summerinternship
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