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Start Date: 4/19/2013Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Date: 4/20/2013End Time: 6:00 PM

Event Description:

Robots are revving up for the 2013 southwestern Pennsylvania finals of the BotsIQ contest, coming to the Cal U Convocation Center April 19-20.

Known as the "smart sport," BotsIQ is an exciting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) robotics competition, where robots designed and manufactured by high school students face off and fight for survival.

Students from more than 40 area high schools, guided by industry advisers, have worked for months to create robots for the gladiator-style competition. Judges look for aggression, control, damage and strategy — but teams also are judged on their engineering skills, documentation, interviews and sportsmanship.

Representatives from education, workforce development, government, and industry give their time, talents and resources to make this important STEM initiative a reality.

State Education Secretary Ron Tomalis is among the VIPs expected to attend.

Explore mechatronics

KDKA-TV will be on hand in the Convocation Center to film the battling robots and to explore mechatronics, the science behind advanced manufacturing and one of the region’s fastest-growing fields. Learn more about mechatronics

Beginning in fall 2013, Cal U will offer a bachelor’s degree in mechatronics engineering technology — the first four-year mechatronics program in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Mechatronics blends mechanical, electrical and computing technology with automated control and information systems.  

A mechatronics engineering technologist works with mechanical devices that incorporate mechanical, electrical, computer and software components, such as robots, automated guided systems, computer-integrated manufacturing or other “smart” devices. About mechatronics

On the air

A 30-minute television show about the BotsIQ competition at California University of Pennsylvania will air at 7:30 p.m. April 27 on KDKA-TV.

Crews from KDKA will be on hand to film the contest both Friday and Saturday at the Convocation Center.

So join the fun! The BotsIQ contest is free and open to the public. Visitor parking is available in the Vulcan Garage, off Third Street near the campus entrance.

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Main Campus  (View Map)
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419

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