IN2012, SkillsUSA added Robotics: Urban Search & Rescue (USAR). Originally proposed by Pitsco Education, the event has grown into an official
USAR is an open-platform robotics engineering
competition where real world robotics engineering,
building, and operating skills are applied.
In addition to proposing and supporting this event at
the state and national level, Pitsco also created a TETRIX set
just for the event so competitors get the specialized items
and a range of robotics components needed to develop a
unique robot that can successfully complete the challenge.
Any manufacturer of robotics parts or even a team’s
own fabricated parts are allowed. They just have to be sure
to reference the Robotics: Urban Search & Rescue Technical
Standards for details on the number of servos, motors,
overall size limitations, and so forth that are allowed for
Pitsco also provides the challenge course materials and
offers training for event chairs and judges.
SkillsUSA ( https://www.skillsusa.org/) is a
partnership of students, teachers and industry
working together to ensure America has a skilled
workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. They
provide educational programs, events, and
competitions that support career and technical
education (CTE) in the nation’s classrooms.
The SkillsUSA Framework illustrates how students
fulfill the mission of the organization “to empower
members to become world-class workers, leaders,
and responsible American citizens.”
What the Framework Does
• Provides a common language for students to
articulate what they gain from SkillsUSA participation
to employers, school administrators, parents, and
• Assesses student skill development along a
learning continuum of awareness, demonstration,
• Creates a vision for SkillsUSA programs at the
local, state, and national levels to ensure quality
student-led experiences that build skills in all
Why the Framework Works
• Empowers every student to achieve career
• Delivers a skill set demanded by business and
industry but lacking in many employees today.
• Ensures that every student member receives a
consistent and specific skill set.
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