Meet the Ambassador – Jillian Robinson
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 Jillian Robinson, CTE Teacher at Waskom High School (Waskom, TX).
How did you first become exposed to robotics or STEM?
I was first exposed to robotics at a TCEA conference a few years ago. I had always been interested in the subject, but did not know how to go about doing anything with it. I was introduced to a program through UT Austin that would help me get my certification and have been trying to teach it ever since.
What is your favorite thing about teaching robotics or STEM?
I love the variety and creativity that comes with robotics. If you can dream it, you can do it!
How do you see robotics and STEM evolving over the next 5, 10, and 20 years?
I have been amazed at what has happened in just the last year! I can’t wait to see 5! I think/hope that every student will have more robotics or STEM worked into their curriculum. Robotics is a part of our everyday life, in every subject. We need to integrate these topics into every class so our kids can see that it is all related and so that they will not be left behind as the world continues to advance.
What inspired you to become a teacher?
Ever since I can remember, I was always the person helping others, whether it be fellow students or my teachers. I naturally fell into the role of teaching because it gave me the opportunity to help others. Also, STEM/robotics teachers have a unique skill set that is getting harder and harder to find. I want to share my knowledge, such as it is, with my students to help inspire them to reach for something further.
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 am constantly amazed at the technology that is available now. When I first started, I was lucky to get an overhead projector. Now I have a smart touchscreen TV in my classroom and teaching my students programs and skills that were not taught when I was in school.
What has been the most rewarding experience you’ve had as a result of teaching?
I love it when former students contact me after they have graduated and fill me in on what they have been doing. For a lot of these, they go into some industry where they are using the technologies taught and it is so rewarding to see them successful.
What advice would you give to those interested in pursuing teaching?
Teaching may be one of the most difficult professions out there, but it is by far the most rewarding. We are the ones molding the leaders of tomorrow and preparing our young people for the awesomeness and uncertainty that is our future. What other profession allows people this opportunity?
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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.