We Promote Rewarding Careers in Manufacturing
Combat the skills gap
The Alliance for Working Together was started in 2002 as just a small informal group (15 or 20) to discuss topics of interest and as a way to reach out to other manufacturers in the region. The AWT has since then been meeting to address issues, challenges and best practices. Finding skilled workers was quickly identified as one of the top challenges for our manufacturers. Promoting rewarding careers in manufacturing became the core mission of the organization. The AWT consortium now includes about 300+ members manufacturing companies (and growing) all engaged to work toward the sustainability of manufacturing in our community.
The AWT is hard at work to change the overall perception of manufacturing. The group realizes the need for educators, counselors, parents and others to understand what a career path in manufacturing is all about. As manufacturing continues to grow fast in Northeast Ohio and the future looks promising, there is still a critical shortage of skilled workers to satisfy growing demand and replace baby-boomers who are approaching retirement. This is going to create a huge hole for employers in the manufacturing/machine trades industry unless future generations enter the field. The AWT is focused on working with all aspects of the community to promote careers in manufacturing.
We work to create awareness and interest in manufacturing careers, to increase enrollment in training programs, to make sure curriculum for those programs is what manufacturers need, and to make sure those in the industry have the support they need.
The AWT Foundation’s mission is to promote the development of rewarding careers in manufacturing for the long-term success and growth of our manufacturing community.
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What is RoboBots and JuniorBots?
RoboBots is a high school combat robotics competition that allows high schools to partner with industry mentors to build a 15lb combat robot.
The industry partner provides financial assistance and mentorship to the high school students through the six-seven month robotic build process.
This program is used as a way for local manufacturers to mentor local talent. Many Robobot participants go on to become innovators, pursue engineering degrees, and a few even begin working for their company sponsor upon graduation.
This educational and workforce initiative was started by the AWT Foundation. The AWT Foundation promotes rewarding manufacturing careers for the long-term sustainability of manufacturing.
JuniorBots is the middle school version of the AWT Foundation's signature program.
JuniorBots is a middle school combat robotics competition that allows middle schools to partner with industry mentors to build a 3lb combat robot.
The industry partner provides financial assistance and mentorship to the middle students through the six-seven month robotic build process. This program is used as a way for local manufacturers to mentor local talent. Most JuniorBot students continue on to the RoboBots or high school combat robotics competition.
This educational and workforce initiative was started by the AWT Foundation. The AWT Foundation promotes rewarding manufacturing careers for the long-term sustainability pf manufacturing.
AWT AWARDED $4,000 FROM INTERNATIONAL PAPER
April 24th, 2021
"This program truly changes the lives of young people and allows them an opportunity to start their career in manufacturing, obtain a scholarship from a university like MIT, or just gain an understanding of what a modern manufacturing business is like,” she added. “Many of our teams do go on to compete in other regional competitions and the National Robotics League Competition, and many of our company sponsors retain the robots to sustain the program for next year’s students."
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April 25th, 2021
"The program is used as a way for local manufacturers to mentor local talent. Many Robobot participants go on to become innovators, pursue engineering degrees and a few even begin working for their company sponsor upon graduation."
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September 3rd, 2020
AWT is thankful to receive a $4,000 grant from International Paper. With this funding, the AWT plans on helping new schools get involved in the RoboBots Competition by providing them with a base robot kit. This will help schools and company sponsors get started on preparing for the competition.
ROBOBOTS & JUNIORBOTS TESTIMONIALS
Making A Difference
“My son was a senior in high school in a tech program housed at Lakeland when his class participated in the RoboBots competition. His excitement for this project was palpable and the dedication of all involved was most impressive. The professionals from our community that worked with these dedicated students for long hours to create a machine to go to battle was more than touching and impressive. My sons’ team and their business leader worked straight through the night the night before the competition to make sure they had the best of their best to go head to head. Sadly their in the ring results weren’t want they hoped for but the lessons learned were priceless. As a parent and a business professional I can’t say enough about the impact of this program to our youth and the future of manufacturing in our community. I’m proud to say my son is now 23 and a welder and he truly loves creating and building,” –Carolyn K. Tippie, CPA
“I just wanted to take a moment to tell you how much I am impressed with you and the whole robotics competition. Last Fall when I came to the meeting at Fredon, I had no idea what an undertaking the project is for everyone involved, and the constant time commitment to make the project work. Thank you for all of your kindness and patience, and for all that you did to make the event happen at such a high level. I am very glad that we were able to be a part of it, and I know it will impact our students’ lives in Euclid for a long time to come.” –Bob Torrelli, Physics Teacher at Euclid High School
“It's an activity that students love. They are exposed to manufacturing, innovation, team work, and.... destruction. A win-win for all involved! Big thanks and shout out to all the staff and volunteers that make this happen!” –Teacher
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
What do you need to start a RoboBots team?
The RoboBots Coach could be a teacher or parent who will be responsible for the administrative aspects and behavioral aspects of the team.
A COMPANY SPONSOR
A company sponsor will commit to meeting the financial needs of the team.
From the company sponsor, we hope that the company can identify a technically inclined person who is comfortable working with tools to meet with the RoboBots Team during their schedule meeting times (normally two hours per week from October until April). During March and April, the time commitment may increase due to testing.
If you are a new team, space is key. Please designate a place for your team to meet. Normally a STEM lab or if you are a technical school, a CNC Machining room is the best place to meet. If you do not have those resources at your school, please communicate with your Industry Advisor, because you may need them to bring tools to your classroom or your sponsor company may allow you to work in their facility.
Personal Protective Equipment- Students must wear gloves when working on their robot. Students must wear safety glasses when appropriate. If your company sponsor cannot supply safety glasses and gloves, the AWT Foundation can provide you with PPE. We also recommend purchasing a plastic container with a lid for transporting your RoboBot to and from the competition.
With so many organizations involved in this program, it is important for the Coach and Industry Advisor to keep each other informed of upcoming due dates, meeting dates, etc. If there is a team issue, please let a member of the AWT Foundation know. We will try our best to resolve it.