Middle School Programs

A “cobot” is a shortened term for “collaborative robot.” Cobots are a form of robotic automation and are designed to safely work alongside and collaborate with humans in a shared workspace. Cobots are found in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, and support many applications.

Using LEGOs, middle school students work in pairs to assemble and program a cobot arm to complete challenges.  The BotsIQ Cobot Challenge introduces students to in-demand technical skills in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science and programming, and 21st century skills in critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork. 

BotsIQ and the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute present RoboRecharge, a pitch contest that brings together robotics and entrepreneurship.  

 The goal of RoboRecharge is for students to learn how to solve open-ended, complex problems in new and creative ways. Students work in small groups to identify a problem, conceptualize a robotic solution, build a business model, and create and pitch their presentation to a panel of industry professionals.  This project-based learning program is great for all classrooms, including business, English/Language Arts, public speaking, and social studies.

Incorporate manufacturing concepts into any classroom with MFGexplore. These easy to follow lesson plans introduce a manufacturing career pathway with a supplemental hands-on activity.  All materials and equipment can be borrowed from the BotsIQ Lending Library to support classroom learning.  

MFGexplore is great for all classrooms, including math, science, English/Language Arts, technology, engineering, and social studies.