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Careers in STEAM: Meet the People Bringing You Cutting-Edge Robotics from UBTECH

When you open a UKIT, JIMU Robot, or other robotics kit from UBTECH, you open a door into future possibilities: the skills and knowledge you and your child or students gain are the foundations for the jobs of the future, where the US Bureau of Labor Statistics expects STEM- and STEAM-based occupations to grow 3.8% […]

When you open a UKIT, JIMU Robot, or other robotics kit from UBTECH, you open a door into future possibilities: the skills and knowledge you and your child or students gain are the foundations for the jobs of the future, where the US Bureau of Labor Statistics expects STEM- and STEAM-based occupations to grow 3.8% faster and offer an average $47,000 higher salaries than other careers over the next eight years. 

The benefits are clear. But what do these jobs in STEAM really look like? (Hint: They’re not all scientists and engineers, great as those careers are!) In our new series “Careers in STEAM,” we’ll be taking a closer look at what these careers are like by interviewing practitioners in the field. And what better place to start than with our own passionate, robot-building team here at UBTECH? 

Read on for an inside look at the people behind UBTECH who work in STEAM-related roles, including their background and experiences that have shaped their pathway, and their advice for aspiring students. 

Meet Julie 

Role: “STEAM Explorer”

 My position at UBTECH is to create and write curriculum that integrates a full STEAM program aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and Robotics. In addition, I test our products and create resources to support teachers. Officially, my title is Instructional Design Manager, but what I really get to do is explore new and exciting ways to teach STEAM

What does a usual workday look like for you? 

My typical workday involves the creative process of integrating Science, Technology, Engineering and Math while utilizing the UKIT.  On any given day, I am building robots, programming, researching best practices, best resources and the most practical way to tie a unit together that truly integrates all the subject areas so that it becomes a seamless process for the classroom teacher.  

What has been your favorite project to work on? 

Using the UKIT’s transformer robot, which can transform from humanoid (biped) which is walking on two feet, to a rover that runs on two wheels.  This is a great opportunity to teach students about force and motion, inertia and gravity with friction.  

Did you have a special teacher or mentor that helped you achieve your success?

My favorite teacher was a professor at Loyola University.  She taught Research and Statistics in Psychology.  She inspired me because she was so excited about what she taught. I thought, wow, if I ever have a job that is how I want to feel about my career…enthusiastic and invested.  

What’s your favorite robot character or movie? 

Wall-E.  It has a great message and I love how he looks like he is put together by old pieces of garbage. 

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Meet Aaron 

Role: “Robot Whisperer” 

As a Tech Support Specialist, I help with anything technical, from taking apart and fixing robots, to leading product trainings, to testing and giving feedback on current and new products. My usual workday varies from day to day. Currently I’m helping test new software and robot builds.

What has been your favorite project to work on? 

My favorite projects to work on are custom JIMU/UKIT builds, most recently a haunted house built out of JIMU parts and a semi-autonomous transporting line. 

What’s one piece of advice you would give to those who want to work in a STEAM field? 

Stay curious, ask questions.

Did you have a special teacher or mentor that helped you achieve your success?

KOBE! Mamba Mentality <3

What’s your favorite robot character or movie? 

Ironman!

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Meet Steve 

Role: “Master of Code”

I’m the Director of Engineering, focused on technical diligence and research into the feasibility of various products and features as well as oversee our retail software and app development.

What’s one piece of advice you would give to those who want to work in a STEAM field?

Make things, it’s really that simple. It does not matter if you are building a small robot or baking bread, being curious and seeking to understand how things work and why will take you a long way in just about any STEAM occupation no matter what your interests are.

What learning experiences fueled your career path? 

Growing up, my parents supplied me with a lot of educational toys from a young age. One of my parents’ favorite stories is about how I took an exercise bike apart when I was maybe five or so and was not able to put it together again. 

Did you have a special teacher or mentor that helped you achieve your success? 

My third-grade teacher Mr. Banting was really exceptional in encouraging his students to explore the world around them, even if it ended up being disruptive sometimes.

What’s your favorite robot character or movie? 

I have to go with WALL-E. What’s not to love about an adorable eco conscious robot? 

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Meet Hannah 

Role: “Data Storyteller” 

As a Graphic Designer, I’m essentially a communicator through images; I organize information visually to help tell our story. On a daily basis, I’m presenting, gathering feedback, and making edits to ongoing projects.

What has been your favorite project to work on?

Every project is my favorite, the feeling of finishing something and then seeing it in print or online is what I love most.

What’s one piece of advice you would give to those who want to work in a STEAM field?

Be mindful of how you tell your story. A clear, organized, well-designed set of data makes a good idea a great one!

What’s your favorite UBTECH product?

I like the UKITS, because you can be as creative as you want and make so many different things!

What’s your favorite robot character or movie? 

Chappie

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Meet Katrina 

Role: “Robot Reconciler” 

I’m the Senior Staff Accountant, responsible for all day-to-day operations of accounts receivable and general accounting functions. On a typical day, I communicate with different teams to maintain customer accounts, conduct financial analysis, book reconciliation, and close projects.

What’s one piece of advice you would give to those who want to work in a STEAM field?

Accounting was previously thought to be detail-oriented only, but it now requires practitioners to think about the “big picture” and integrate “big data” using tech language and software. STEAM penetrates all aspects, so learning something related to your profession always enhances your competitive advantage.

What learning experiences fueled your career path?

High proficiency in Excel and all kinds of ERP systems. 

Did you have a special teacher or mentor that helped you achieve your success?

Yes, one of my professors during my graduate study, who educated students to think and act like real world Accounting and Finance personnel to engage our logic.

What’s your favorite robot character or movie? 

Ex Machina and Westworld

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Do you have aspirations to work in STEAM? We’d love to hear about them! Share with us on social media @ubtechedu #ubtechedu

 

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