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Photo gallery: Robots come to life at Cal U during BotsIQ finals

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Monday, April 28, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Robots took over the Convocation Center at California University of Pennsylvania this weekend.

Cal U hosted the Southwestern Pennsylvania BotsIQ Finals on Friday and Saturday,

Brownsville, Frazier, Ringgold and Yough were among the high schools who made it to the finals. Sixty-six teams from 47 area schools qualified to send their custom-built 'bots into battle.

A manufacturing workforce development program disguised as a high school robotics competition, BotsIQ asks students to design and manufacture 15-pound robots that compete one-on-one in a mechanical fight for survival.

The students worked for months to create innovative, battle-hardened 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.

For more images from the event, go to the online photo gallery at



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