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Meet the Ambassador – Jen Gossert

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 Jen Gossert, STEAM Teacher at Conrad Weiser West Elementary School (Womelsdorf, PA). 

 

How did you first become exposed to robotics or STEM?

I was teaching computer technology at the Middle School and was attending a local conference (PETE & C). I saw block coding and different ways to use it… later introduced to robots that ran on block coding and never looked back!

What is your favorite thing about teaching robotics or STEM?

I love how it changes the actual mood students are in. Sometimes they can come in to our room feeling down or unhappy and by the time we are done with STEM – they are a new person!

How do you see robotics and STEM evolving over the next 5, 10, and 20 years?

STEM and Robotics are going to be in everything we do in the future. We were discussing drone umbrellas at a workshop last week.

What inspired you to become a teacher?

My first love was coaching and I loved computer technology – then I decided to take a leap into education. I was training most of our workforce on any new technology at the time and LOVED doing that. I thought, let me try to combine my two loves and head in to a classroom!

What do you think has changed the most about teaching since you first started compared to where you are in your teaching career now?

Delivery of curriculum, lessons etc. STEM classes are loud and that is OK

What has been the most rewarding experience you’ve had as a result of teaching?

Having students’ teachers talk about how they struggle with reading yet I see them flourish as they help other students code.

What advice would you give to those interested in pursuing teaching?

Do what you love and love what you do. Teaching is hard, but it is worth it.

Find Jen on Twitter

 

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.

 

 

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