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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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6 hours ago

SWPA BotsIQ

Today, #BotsIQ and the Fayette Business Education Partnership Fayette Chamber of Commerce met to discuss educational and workforce development initiatives. We look forward to highlighting the careers in the manufacturing industry with our new partnership.

#manufacturingcareers #stem #fayettecounty #partnerships #workforcedevelopment
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Today, #BotsIQ and the Fayette Business Education Partnership Fayette Chamber of Commerce met to discuss educational and workforce development initiatives. We look forward to highlighting the careers in the manufacturing industry with our new partnership. 

#manufacturingcareers #stem #fayettecounty #partnerships #workforcedevelopment

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Excited to see where this partnership could go!

Great picture👍

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3 days ago

SWPA BotsIQ

Congratulations to David Novotny, the 2022 #BotsIQ Team Captain from Admiral Peary Area Vocational Technical School AM Team “The Wasp.” who represented Pennsylvania at the National Leadership & SkillsUSA Conference in Atlanta, GA this week.

David participated in the “Technical Drafting” competition and had plenty of practice and experience from the BotsIQ competition, designing and drawing a lot of this past year’s bot.
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4 days ago

SWPA BotsIQ

Cobots: ✅
Student Designed Combat Robot: ✅
3D Printing Designs & Models: ✅
Microbit Driving Challenge:✅
A wonderful evening full of STEM, community, and passion: ✅✅✅

BotsIQ brought its love for robots and much more tonight to the Digital Foundry at New Kensington’s Open House! This beautiful new space is dedicated to accelerating economic growth and competitiveness using digital technologies and data-driven decision making through partnerships with manufacturing companies, educators and the workforce.

BotsIQ student, Tyler, from Freeport Area Senior High School brought his team’s bot, Stinging Steel, to share his robotics experience with tonight’s guests. Thank you Freeport Area High School and Oberg Industries, Inc for your continued partnership and for the excellence that you cultivate in our region!

It was truly an incredible night🦾💥🙌

#BotsIQ #manufacturing #manufacturingcareers #STEM #robotics #cobot
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5 days ago

SWPA BotsIQ

Join us in wishing #BotsIQ's Executive Director a very special Happy Birthday - Enjoy your day Michel Conklin!!

#womeninmanufacturing #leader #motivator #drivenbypurpose #dedicated #inspirationalleader #stemeducation
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Join us in wishing #BotsIQs Executive Director a very special Happy Birthday - Enjoy your day Michel Conklin!!

#womeninmanufacturing #leader #motivator #drivenbypurpose #dedicated #inspirationalleader #stemeducation

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Friday birthdays are the BEST!! ENJOY!!! 🥳😎

Happy Birthday Michel!

Happy Birthday Michel!!!

Happy birthday!!!!

Happy Birthday 🎉🎂🎈

Happy Birthday 🎈🎂🎉

Happy Birthday! 🎂🎉🎈

Happy Birthday Michel! 🎉🎂🎈

Happy Birthday Michel!!

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5 days ago

SWPA BotsIQ

We 👀 two #BotsIQ alumnae who represent women in manufacturing so well!

Julietta is a South Park Senior High School and California University of Pennsylvania alum.

Madison is a Charleroi Area School District alum and current student at Penn State University.

#BotsIQproud #womeninmanufacturing Society of Women Engineers - SWE Women in Manufacturing
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We 👀 two #BotsIQ alumnae who represent women in manufacturing so well! 

Julietta is a South Park Senior High School and California University of Pennsylvania alum. 

Madison is a Charleroi Area School District alum and current student at Penn State University. 

#BotsIQproud #womeninmanufacturing Society of Women Engineers - SWE Women in ManufacturingImage attachment
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