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BotsIQ Kickoff
Start Date: 10/4/2012Start Time: 8:30 AM
End Date: 10/4/2012End Time: 3:30 PM

Event Description:
Manufacturing professionals are gearing up to help students build robots and field teams for the 2013 Southwestern Pennsylvania BotsIQ competition.

More than 100 educators and industry representatives are expected to attend the BotsIQ Kickoff at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 in the Convocation Center.

Bill Flanagan, host of Our Region's Business on WPXI-TV, will map out “Career Opportunities in Southwestern Pennsylvania” before teachers, team advisers and industry partners get into the nuts-and-bolts of the annual robotics competition.

Veteran marketer Gretchen Stokes, of SMC Business Councils, will share results of BotsIQ surveys supported in part by a grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation. She also will outline resources, scholarships and other opportunities associated with the BotsIQ program.

Known as the “smart sport,” BotsIQ asks students across the nation to use science, technology, engineering and math to build robots that compete in gladiator-style tournaments. The program introduces teens to high-tech careers and gives them hands-on experience with skills used in manufacturing and other industries.

Teams from 50 southwestern Pennsylvania high schools and career and technology centers will use the kickoff event at Cal U to learn organizing tactics, safety measures and best practices for building competitive bots for battle.

More than 60 teams and their robots are slated to return to the Convocation Center April 19-20 for the final rounds of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Bots IQ Tournament.
Location Information:
Main Campus  (View Map)
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419

Main Campus - Convocation Center  (View Map)
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419
photo of robots fighting
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