STILL the City of Champions!

Nearly 200 students from 25 schools in 6 states converged on Indianapolis, IN May 17-19, 2013 to answer one question:  

Which team built the meanest, strongest, most impenetrable, remote-controlled 15 pound robot in the nation?

 Forty-eight robots entered the 2013 NRL competition on Saturday morning, and by Sunday afternoon Pandemonium from Eastern Westmoreland CTC, Latrobe PA was named GRAND CHAMPION!  The team also walked away with 2nd Place and  award for Best Documentation.

NTMA founded the NRL to help change misperceptions about manufacturing and attract a new generation of students to well-paying technical careers. The program partners teams of middle school, high school, and post-secondary school students with local NTMA manufacturers to work together to build robots designed to do battle. The result is not only a destruction-driven face-off of incredible machines, but also an opportunity to develop high-tech skills and cultivate the interest of a new generation of students who will determine the future of manufacturing.

In addition to East Westmoreland CTC, several other area schools competed in this event— our hats off to all of the teams: Clairton HS, Plum HS, Propel Braddock Hills HS and Somerset County TC. 

A special congratulations goes to Clairton HS who did an outstanding job of fundraising so that their students could attend the competition.

Photos and video from the Championships are available at  For additional information, visit the NRL website at

To learn more about the regional competition, brought to you by the Pittsburgh Chapter NTMA, New Century Careers and a committed group of educators and manufacturers, visit the BotsIQ website at:  There you can find out how sponsor a team or get involved as a technical advisor and make a difference in the future of manufacturing right here in the Pittsburgh region.


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