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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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4 hours ago

SWPA BotsIQ

#BotsIQ and Canon-McMillan School District High School celebrated Manufacturing Day with Mark Vanistendael and Davan Manufacturing. Students participated in a facility tour and mini-job shadow. Students learning how #STEM is used in Industry and about manufacturing careers.

Support provided by Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, EQT Corporation, and Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

Manufacturing Day National Association of Manufacturers

#manufacturing #MFGDay #MFGDay21 #MFGMonth #manufacturingcareers #creatorswanted
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3 days ago

SWPA BotsIQ

Today, #BotsIQ continues to celebrate Manufacturing Day with United High School at Miller Fabrication Solutions in Homer City. Students participated in a tour and mini-job shadows.

Thank you to everyone at Miller for an amazing event and educating students about manufacturing careers. Did you know, Miller has 77 job titles at their company?

Support provided by Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.

#manufacturing #manufacturingday #MFGDay #MFGMonth #millerfabricationsolutions #fabrication #welding #stemcareers
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Thank you to SWPA BotsIQ and United School District for your incredible participation!

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1 week ago

SWPA BotsIQ

Central Valley High School's #BotsIQ team recently received an amazing donation. Special thanks to Mr. Bill Mutterspaugh of Schroeder Industries, LLC. for a large donation of his personal machinist tools to the robotics team.

Mr. Mutterspaugh has advised and worked with CV's BotsIQ team since 2007. He recently retired after 40+ years of working as a machinist and maintenance technician.

"His donation will be used to enhance our robotics and mechanical engineering classes, it is a much-appreciated donation," said Mr. Bill Fiedler, CV Teacher and BotsIQ Advisor.

#manufacturing #STEM #handsonlearning #toolsofthetrade
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Central Valley High Schools #BotsIQ team recently received an amazing donation.  Special thanks to Mr. Bill Mutterspaugh of Schroeder Industries, LLC. for a large donation of his personal machinist tools to the robotics team. 

Mr. Mutterspaugh has advised and worked with CVs BotsIQ team since 2007. He recently retired after 40+ years of working as a machinist and maintenance technician. 

His donation will be used to enhance our robotics and mechanical engineering classes, it is a much-appreciated donation, said Mr. Bill Fiedler, CV Teacher and BotsIQ Advisor.

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2 weeks ago

SWPA BotsIQ

#BotsIQ celebrated #MFGDay21 with a tour for Penn Trafford TV at FS-Elliott in Export, PA. Students learned more about the manufacturing industry and careers.

Thank you to John Sinclair, Michael Spena, Jr., PE, and the entire team at FS-Elliott for opening your doors and hosting a great event!

Manufacturing Day National Association of Manufacturers Westmoreland-Fayette Workforce Investment Board Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development

#manufacturing #manufacturingcareers #STEM #creatorswanted #mfgday #mfgmonth #fselliott #aircompressor #compressedair
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2 weeks ago

SWPA BotsIQ

#MFGDay21 is 1 day away! #BotsIQ is excited to partner with local manufacturers in opening their doors and inspiring the workforce of the future.

#manufacturingcareers #STEM #MFGDay #MFGMonth #CreatorsWanted #manufacturing #inspirethefuture #workforcedevelopment #PGHNTMA
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#MFGDay21 is 1 day away! #BotsIQ is excited to partner with local manufacturers in opening their doors and inspiring the workforce of the future. 

#manufacturingcareers #STEM #MFGDay #MFGMonth #CreatorsWanted #manufacturing #inspirethefuture #workforcedevelopment #PGHNTMA
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