Pennsylvania Rural Robotics Initiative © 2019

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Robotics Education That's Changing Lives 

50 school sites from 8 counties with over 200 teams and

2,000 students in Western Pennsylvania participating in activities and competitions


About Us

The Pennsylvania Rural Robotics Initiative was created in the spring of 2018 with the goal of developing sustainable world-class educational robotics programming for the children of our communities.
We have created an educational model that when partnered with the competitive robotics platform from VEX, will not only provide a quality STEM experience, it will also teach our students the skills that employers tell us they need for entry level jobs. Employers expect students to have both the technical and soft skills to succeed in entry-level roles and PA Rural Robotics looks to deliver just that.
Our students will attend multiple student workshops and a multi-day league that will culminate in an end of year tournament day to be held at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. One unique aspect of our model is that our programming is year long, which will allow our students to revisit the iterative design process over and over again.
As we develop partnerships within K-12 education, higher education, government, industry, and the non-profit community, our goal is to enhance our plans and capabilities to create that magical learning experience our children deserve.
And we're ecstatic to announce an amazing opportunity for 2019-20!  Pennsylvania Rural Robotics is partnering with FTW Robotics to introduce aerial drones to our student programming.  We've got some surprises coming here that our kids and community partners are going to love!

"It has opened the world of STEM and specifically robotics to myself, staff, and our students. It is providing real-world applications for our student's knowledge and problem solving skills. This is the best thing I have seen happen for our students in NW PA in the 26 years I have been involved in education in Pennsylvania."


- Richard Smith, School Administrator

Timeline of Events

Nov 2019 - Jan 2020

Students will attend multiple league events at different partner schools across the Western PA region. Students rotate through mini-workshops followed by qualifying competitions with their robots.

February 2020

Students will attend the league championship held by event partner Clarion University. This allows students to compete against new teams, make connections across schools, and show off their robots skills!

March 2020 - May 2020

PA RRI will launch it's new drone education program in partnership with FTW Robotics! Students will learn about essential drone skills and their career applications in NW Pennsylvania and beyond!

News and Honors

We are so proud

of what our coaches

and students are

learning and

achieving every day!

PA Smart Grant Awarded
Team 432E at VEX Worlds!
New Grant For Drone Program

Our Amazing Friends

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Special Thanks To..

Clarion University Staff and Students

Pennsylvania Rural Robotics Initiative is a Educational Improvement Tax Credit approved organization!

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Whether you're interested in mentoring students, bringing robotics to your school or district, sponsoring PA RRI, hosting an event, or something brand new, we'd love to hear from you!