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Sponsor, Southwest PA BotsIQ Finals


Oberg Industries, a precision manufacturer located just north of Pittsburgh, PA, has been a proud inaugural sponsor/volunteer of BotsIQ since 2005. This year, Oberg will again be sponsoring this successful program and will have numerous employee volunteers working in various capacities. Competition takes place on Friday, April 25 and Saturday, April 26 and runs from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm both days at California University of Pennsylvania’s Convocation Center.

While experiencing the challenging Bots competition or the Fluid Power Challenge, visit with Oberg at their exhibit in the lobby entrance, complete a short survey for your chance to win a free iPad mini, and learn more about exciting careers in Advanced Manufacturing. Oberg will be Giving Away 2 iPad mini's...ONE for Students and ONE for Educators.

BotsIQ is a manufacturing workforce development program that is disguised as a high school robotics competition. The program puts science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills to practice by asking students to design and manufacture 15-pound robots that compete one-on-one in a mechanical fight for survival. This educational robotics competition provides these students with a unique, hands-on experience that allows them to discover the possibilities of a career in manufacturing and other STEM fields.

Students also build competency in “soft skills” that employers label as crucial in today’s workplace, such as critical thinking, problem solving, project management , innovation, and teamwork.

Seventy-two teams, 800 students from 51 area high schools have qualified to send their custom-built robots into battle at Cal U. Teams are judged on their engineering skills, documentation, interviews, and sportsmanship but judges also look for aggression, control, damage, and strategy.

This gladiator-style competition is free and open to the public to enjoy all of the robot action.

Plus, now in their fourth year, while the robots clash in the arena, SWPA Bots IQ will host the 2014 National Fluid Power Association’s (NFPA) FLUID POWER CHALLENGE from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm – April 25. Teams from 25 middle schools will compete to build a hydraulic system that completes a specific task. With just a few hours to build the system, teams are awarded points for following specifications and producing a functioning device within the allotted time.

Don’t miss this hard-hitting and exciting action…..