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].

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.


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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24 hours ago


DMI Companies mentors and partners with Charleroi Area High Schools’s #BotsIQ team. They invited the 2022 Grand Champions to tour their facility and celebrate their win with a pizza party! Charleroi Area School District

Supported by Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and EQT Corporation.

#manufacturing #stem #thesmartsport #workforcedevelopment

2 days ago


Today was “Pitch Day” at Allegheny Valley School District (Springdale Jr High School)!

Ms. Fleming’s 7th grade class have been working with #BotsIQ to participate in RoboRecharge, a robotics, manufacturing, and entrepreneurship program of the ARM Institute aimed at inspiring the next generation of talent for the advanced manufacturing industry.

Teams pitched robotic solutions to solve world hunger, support breast cancer patients, and ease the burden of lawn care for homeowners. Pretty impressive work for middle school students!

Congratulations to all the students!

#manufacturing #robotics #RoboRecharge NextFlex

3 days ago


DIY that BotsIQ can bring a STEM-related, hands-on activity which is also connected to manufacturing careers to your elementary, middle or high school? We spent the day at Ben Franklin Elementary/Middle school teaching an Introduction to Orthographic Drawings for 5th and 8th graders. Students learned about CAD/CADD careers too.

Support provided by Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board.

#STEM #STEMeducation #STEMcareers #CAD #CADD #manufacturing

4 days ago


#BotsIQ hosted its last RemakeLearningDays tonight at the Monroeville Public Library.

Middle school students designed their own flashlight, before selecting one to make in the Assembly Line Challenge.

#manufacturing #electronics #STEM #learning

6 days ago



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