BotsKC pairs Kansas City manufacturers & students to design, build & battle robots in gladiator-style contests teaching STEM skills & building a future manufacturing workforce.


BotsKC is a manufacturing workforce development program of the Kansas City National Tooling & Machining Association (NTMA). BotsKC students design and build remote controlled robots to face-off in a gladiator-style competition. Through the manufacturing process of bot building, students’ imaginations are captured as they design, build and compete with their own robotic creations. Through this hands-on effort with industry partners, students gain practical knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) - all essential skills for manufacturing.

By formalizing ties between schools and manufacturing partners, students gain a better understanding and become enthusiastic about the career possibilities in manufacturing. Manufacturers are able to build valuable industry-school connections and workforce talent pipelines by helping BotsKC teams engineer a lean, mean, fighting machine. In other words, everybody wins. 



  • Project Work


  • Career Fair or Presentation
  • Job Shadow
  • Mentoring
  • Workplace Tour or Video


  • Apprenticeship
  • On-the-job Training
Primary ContactAshley Gorman
AddressPO Box 860205
Shawnee, KS 66226
Phone(913) 991-0595