They’re building robots.BotsIQ Logo 2014

We’re building a workforce.

How’s that for ingenuity?


The spark is now full combustion!  Faced with an aging manufacturing workforce, The Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association spear-headed  efforts to bring a national  student robotics program to the Pittsburgh region.  Local manufacturers and educators joined forces in 2005, and with just 6 schools, launched BotsIQ.  Now, a decade later, the program has exploded to include more than 60 schools and its own fan base.  Working with a Robotics Curriculum based on the National Curriculum Standards and Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) mechanical engineering methodology, southwestern Pennsylvania students are taught to design, build and battle robots in a gladiator-style competition.  The competition draws on students’ knowledge of math, science, engineering and even public speaking.   Perhaps most importantly, students see that building things is challenging, it’s fun, and  it’s a potential career.

Help BotsIQ develop your future workforce.  

There are two ways to donate:

You can make a flat donation by clicking below:



Participate in our 5X5 Campaign. By pledging $5 per employee for 5 years.  

CLICK HERE for complete details. Then CLICK HERE to sign the pledge.

Educators and manufacturers partner in this exciting program, and volunteers are always needed to share their expertise.  

For more information about BotsIQ, visit:

Contact executive director, Bill Padnos at: or 412.258.6629

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