Robotics Engineering Technology
Within the Western Pennsylvania region, the Robotics Corridor (RC) effort was established in 2005 with several regional universities, community colleges, and related robotics institutions. At California University of Pennsylvania (CALU), the “Robotics Engineering Technology Curriculum Development” contract was awarded in 2006 by the Office of Naval Research.
The principle focus of the CALU contract was to be the RC cornerstone that addressed both military and commercial needs through the
development and dissemination of a robotics engineering technology curriculum and
professional development for educators, enabling them to teach robotics in the middle-high school, career technical centers, regional community colleges, and to students at CALU, with a continued focus on
delivering a trained workforce that will be capable of designing, maintaining, and operating applied robotics technology within the workplace.
Together, CALU and CMU have developed an educational foundation for robotics engineering technology focused on advancing a regional workforce to support both commercial and defense communities’ future manpower needs.
CALU is the third largest technology education program in the United States, has an ongoing partnership with Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute, the largest robotics research organization in the world, has a long legacy in both traditional and technical education, and is committed to making NCRETE a national center where all educators go to find robotics educational resources.