LOCAL STUDENTS GET STEM SKILLS THROUGH ROBOTICS
Central Valley Technology and Engineering students will be competing on April 24 and 25th at the California University of Pennsylvania Convocation center in the Southwestern Bots IQ Finals.
The Southwestern BOTS IQ program was started in 2005 by the Pittsburgh chapter of the National Tooling and Manufacturers Association to promote manufacturing careers with area students. Local industry has recognized that 40% of southwestern PA manufacturing workers will retire by the year 2020. To simply maintain our current workforce, we’ll need 20,000 new manufacturing workers in the next five years. SWPA Bots IQ is an educational robotics competition for high school age students. It provides these students with a unique, hands-on experience that allows them to discover the possibilities of a career in the manufacturing sector, and other science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) fields.
The Central Valley team has now been involved for its eighth year and is looking forward to the competition. The design of the robots, the research of materials and parts and some of the manufacturing are done by the students through the use of the engineering design process. They apply math and science knowledge in the planning and development of components and weapons. The cost of the materials is paid for through donations from the community and the Central Valley Education Foundation. The teams manufacturing is done primarily by the teams industry partner Schroeder Industries at their facility in Leetsdale. The students also had the opportunity to tour the facility to see some of their parts being made. They also were able to meet with Engineers and machinists to find out about careers in manufacturing.
Businesses or individuals interested in more information on volunteering with the team or with Bots IQ can get in touch with the advisor, Mr. Bill Fiedler at firstname.lastname@example.org and through the Bots IQ website, www.botsiqpa.org.