Meet the Ambassador – Claire Brown
The UBTECH Education Teacher Ambassador Program is comprised of passionate and community-driven educators committed to helping shape the leaders and changemakers of tomorrow. Ambassadors share our vision of creating a generation of kids who are excited and curious about STEM topics, knowledgeable working with robotics, coding, and artificial intelligence, and are prepared to enter a […]
The UBTECH Education Teacher Ambassador Program is comprised of passionate and community-driven educators committed to helping shape the leaders and changemakers of tomorrow. Ambassadors share our vision of creating a generation of kids who are excited and curious about STEM topics, knowledgeable working with robotics, coding, and artificial intelligence, and are prepared to enter a workforce increasingly in need of 21st-century skills.
Get to know our ambassadors in the coming weeks as we share their stories of what inspired them to get involved in teaching robotics and STEM.
This week’s profile features Claire Brown, STEAM Teacher / Innovation Specialist at Menomonie Middle School (Menomonie, WI).
How did you first become exposed to robotics or STEM?
I first became exposed to STEM at a few different conventions. From there, I started to get more and more interested into it.
What is your favorite thing about teaching robotics or STEM?
I love watching the students go from frustrated with their coding, to watching their faces light up once they achieve the goal of the assignment or task.
How do you see robotics and STEM evolving over the next 5, 10, and 20 years?
Honestly I think STEM and robotics will start to be incorporated into every class, not just as a stand alone class. As teachers in other subjects become aware of how they could use robotics to support their current curriculum, I think there will be a demand to use more cross curricular learning.
What inspired you to become a teacher?
I come from a long line of teachers. My grandparents were teachers, almost ALL of my 20 aunts and uncles are in education. It was just a natural fit.
What do you think has changed the most about teaching since you first started compared to where you are in your teaching career now?
I think the PLC culture has changed the most since I began teaching. PLC was not at my school when I first began teaching and never had a chance to meet with other teachers during the day and collaborate with them. Then PLCs were introduced and created a more collaborative culture.
What has been the most rewarding experience you’ve had as a result of teaching?
The most rewarding experience I’ve had as a result of teaching is when I got to accept the Blue Ribbon award for my school in Washington D.C. Everyone at my school worked very hard to make it possible and it was an honor to be able to accept the award for everyone.
What advice would you give to those interested in pursuing teaching?
My advice would be to eat in the teacher lounge or around other teachers. Your first couple years will be overwhelming, but if you have the support of other teachers and friends it will also be really rewarding.
Find Claire on Instagram.
To learn more about our Teacher Ambassador Program, visit the TAP page. Ambassadors work closely with the UBTECH Education team to test and develop curriculum activities using our UKITs. If you’re interested in bringing UKITs to your class or district, we’d love to chat.