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To learn how to implement BattleBots IQ in your school or QYO please email BattleBots IQ National Education Director
Nola Garcia.

WHAT IS BATTLEBOTS IQ?
BattleBots IQ (BBIQ) is an educational program created by the producers of the wildly successful BattleBots television series (in which homemade, remote controlled robots face-off in competition). As the television show grew in popularity, so did the number of student fans who wanted to build competitive robots of their own. It soon became evident that this activity, the sport of robots in competition, had the unique potential to impact middle school, high school and college students in a powerful and positive way: Through the process of robot building, student's imaginations are captured as they design, build and compete with their own robotic creations; and through this hands-on effort students gain practical knowledge of math, science, engineering and manufacturing.

In 2001, the creators of BattleBots started BattleBots IQ, the educational program comprising of: A Robotics Curriculum based on the National Curriculum Standards and Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT) mechanical engineering methodology; Teacher Training; and a National Competition where students showcase their custom built robots, and compete for top honors.

The reception to the BBIQ program in the educational, manufacturing and technology communities has been overwhelming. What started as a program for middle and high schools has grown to include post secondary schools and institutions. Manufacturing and technology sectors have been impressed with what BBIQ has done for workforce development, and creating an awareness of Industry that until now was lackluster.

BotsIQ is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity and donations to BotsIQ are tax deductible to the extent provided by current IRS tax laws and regulations.

The BattleBots IQ Educational Program consists of three main initiatives:

» Download a PDF about Bots IQ

1. BattleBots IQ Robotics Curriculum
The BattleBots IQ Robotics Curriculum is a program of studies that unleashes the creative potential of mathematical reasoning, scientific analysis and the clear articulation of ideas. BattleBots IQ is about inventing-fostering creativity, innovation, learning and doing through the creation of competitive robots.

Key components of the BattleBots IQ Robotics Curriculum include:
  • Physical science essentials
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Design methodology
  • Visualization (3D Computer Aided Design)
  • Tools, materials & building techniques
  • Electronics
  • Motors
  • Pneumatics
  • Robot control systems & computer programming

The key philosophy behind the BBIQ Curriculum is:
Building a competitive robot is an attractive and engaging activity, and students learn and retain knowledge best when activity engaged in something they enjoy. As Benjamin Franklin paraphrased Confucius, "Tell me, and I forget. Teach me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I will learn."

The BattleBots IQ Robotics Curriculum can be implemented in schools in a variety of ways. As each school is different, they have the option to use the curriculum as a stand-alone robotics class, integrate the curriculum into an existing class such as technology studies, electronics, physics or other related subjects, or opt to initiate the BattleBots IQ program as an after school club. It has proven effective in all implemented areas.

The BattleBot IQ Robotics Curriculum is mapped to national science, math and technology.

» Learn more about the BattleBots IQ Robotics Curriculum, and see a sample lesson

» Learn how to implement BattleBots IQ into your school or Qualified Youth Organization by emailing BattleBots IQ National Education Director Nola Garcia.

2. BattleBots IQ Teacher Training
The BattleBots IQ Teachers Training is a week long, in-depth program whereby educators learn the requisite engineering skills and successful academic strategies necessary to implement the BattleBots IQ Robotic Curriculum into their schools. Educators participating in the BattleBots IQ Teacher Training learn these skills through the invention and fabrication of 12-pound, competitive, tele-robotic machines designed to meet an engineering challenge. The process of designing and fabricating robust, competitive machines requires the development and application of the academic skills and knowledge necessary for starting and maintaining the BattleBots IQ program.

The BattleBots IQ Teachers Training also outlines the structure, strategies and costs of participating in the BattleBots IQ National Competition-the robotics competition where students demonstrate what they have built and learned.

» Learn more about the BattleBots IQ Teacher's Training

3. The BattleBots IQ National Competition
The BattleBots IQ National Competition in an event held every spring as the culmination of the BattleBots IQ Robotic Curriculum, and the student's work designing, building, testing and implementing their ideas into a fully functional robotic creation. At the competition students from middle schools, high schools, colleges, universities and technology centers converge to test their final products.

Sponsoring BattleBots IQ:
Corporate sponsors have a vested interest in the BattleBots IQ program. Not only does BBIQ help to create intelligent, bright, self-confident kids with a full palette of engineering skills, not only does BBIQ make engineering cool, but BattleBots IQ is also creating our future innovators. BattleBots IQ is training a workforce who knows how to trouble shoot, problem solve and invent new technology-the exact kind of employee that corporations are looking for-indeed the exact kind of employee that will help keep corporations thriving in this ever changing climate of globalization and outsourcing.

» To learn more about sponsoring BattleBots please email BattleBots IQ National Education Director Nola Garcia.

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