Jonas was a 2017 graduate of Belle Vernon High School and Mon Valley CTC. During his early high school years, Jonas was struggling to connect with his school and learning. This created a lot of anxiety for him and ultimately led Jonas to skipping classes. During his junior year, he got involved with the BotsIQ team at his school and he and his teacher quickly learned that he had a passion and an aptitude for this work. This led to his senior year and a co-op relationship with his BotsIQ industry advisor, Ductmate Industries. Jonas graduated from high school and was [...]
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Garrett graduated from Clairton High School in 2013. A three year member of his high school’s BotsIQ team, Garrett can regularly be seen returning to competitions as a volunteer safety inspector or pit monitor. Most recently, he can be seen on the 2018 season of Battlebots as a member of Team Huge. “I really enjoyed the push that combat robotics (BotsIQ) gave me to learn new skills such as design and fabrication,” Garrett said. “Before starting the program, I was always tinkering and fixing things, but I never had much experience with the design and fabrication and learning to build robots [...]
Alex was a four-year member of Hempfield Area High School's BotsIQ team. He went on to attend and graduate from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. While there, he was the student president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and interned at Curtiss Wright. Recently, Alex was hired at Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory as an engineer. "My time spent with Bots IQ led to some of my greatest high school memories. The knowledge gained during my time in the program, helped me not only in my undergraduate studies, but also in my internship experiences. I am very [...]
A 2014 graduate from Greater Latrobe Senior High School, Maddie was a participant on their school’s BotsIQ team for three years. Maddie recently graduated from Kent State University in May 2018 with a degree in applied engineering and mechatronics. She currently works at Waupaca Foundry as an inventory controller near Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Maddie attributes her career pathway to participating in the BotsIQ program. “If it wasn’t for being part of my high school’s BotsIQ team, I would have never found the love I have for robotics. I probably would not have picked engineering as a degree or even went to Kent [...]
Sean is a BotsIQ and Springdale High School alum. After high school, Sean went on to receive his training at New Century Careers’ Manufacturing 2000 (M2K) tuition-free training program. Within 5 months, Sean was hired and working at Hamill Manufacturing full time and within the first year of employment, received a 30% raise in salary. Shortly after beginning his career, Sean started with the NTMA Apprenticeship program. In less than two years from high school graduation, Sean had already earned seven National Institute for Metalworking Skills credentials. Sean reports, “BotsIQ exposed me to the hands-on work of manufacturing. I realized I [...]
A 2018 graduate from Punxsutawney Area High School, Kolton found his career path from his experience with BotsIQ. Kolton joined the team after he came to the Finals Competition on his school’s spirit bus in 8th grade. As a member of Punxsutawney’s BotsIQ team for four years, Kolton says, “BotsIQ made me want to start a job in manufacturing. So I went and got hired.” In June before his senior year, Kolton started working for Jefferson Machine doing cleanup around the shop; then in January, they started him working with the machines. From his BotsIQ team interview the year before, Kolton [...]
Aaron is a BotsIQ alum who is currently employed as a shop technician with AlphaLab, an incubator for early-stage technology companies in Pittsburgh, PA. He was a member of Baldwin’s robotics team all four years of high school. Working with the team’s industry advisor sparked his interest in pursuing a manufacturing career. While still in school, Aaron designed and made a line of cat toys that he sold (at a profit) to area pet stores and at special events such as Handmade Arcade in Pittsburgh. For these efforts, he was named the 2017 Regional Young Entrepreneur of the Year from Ernst [...]
According to a recent Allegheny Conference on Community Development study, our region will need to fill 340,000 jobs over the next 10 years. But the study also found that given this projected growth, we could face a shortage of 80,000 workers, and many of these jobs could go unfilled in the next decade simply because younger workers lack the necessary skills to immediately step into these positions. Click here to read the entire article.
This weekend 250 innovators, including BotsIQ and the program’s students, will be showing off their creations at the Maker Faire on Pittsburgh’s Northside. Click here to read the entire article.
Manufacturers must do more than promote the “coolness” of today’s technologies. They need to communicate the educational requirements for succeeding in manufacturing careers, so that students can understand the skills they will need. Click here to read the whole article.