Meet the Ambassador – Warren Wise
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 Warren Wise, Science Teacher at Kelly Mill Med Pro Middle (Blythewood, SC).
How did you first become exposed to robotics or STEM?
As a young student I was always interested in STEM activities since watching a TV show back in the late 90s and early 80s called MacGyver. As years went on I got my degree in physics and educational technology with a military background in chemical operations I started using my talent and the classroom. In working with various organizations I came across different forms of Robotics competitions and wanted to get involved with them as time went on throughout my educational career.
What is your favorite thing about teaching robotics or STEM?
I enjoy impactful moments in a person’s eye when comes to wonders of robotics. In education, robots are used in outreach activities to motivate students to become interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) starting in kindergarten and beyond.
How do you see robotics and STEM evolving over the next 5, 10, and 20 years?
Robots have become the forefront of a technological advancement which is used in multiple work environments in exchange for human labor. In the past few years robots have been used to replace humans in boring and repetitive jobs, like welding and assembly. In the next few years it will lead as substitutes for humans in unknown environments, such as the Mars explorations. Robots will help in decreasing human exposure in dangerous work environments with repairs in nuclear plants; and in the collection of specimens and cleaning after hazardous spills. They will help in medical research as a microscopic machine to cure viruses and diseases.
What inspired you to become a teacher?
Growing up in the south as an African-American male from a single parent household, I found myself wanting more than excuses and regrets. As I progressed through high school and college I saw opportunities were not presented to me like other students from different socioeconomic backgrounds. Because of this I wanted to expose more students from underrepresented backgrounds to various forms of opportunities that come from education. Thus I became a teacher.
What do you think has changed the most about teaching since you first started compared to where you are in your teaching career now?
When I started teaching over 18 years ago I found that technology has changed the focal point of how students are learning today in schools. Education has evolved to help students learn within the various learning styles and teachers have to adapt to this. To help with the adaptation of the various learning styles of students, teachers are using more and more technology enhance curriculum in order to educate a student.
What has been the most rewarding experience you’ve had as a result of teaching?
One of the most rewarding experiences that I’ve had as a teacher was the realization that students of various backgrounds can become productive leaders in Society from the right exposure of education and Technology. I have seen students that were involved in gang violence become state Science fair winners. I’ve had my students that have never programmed a robot before earning a college scholarship while in the sixth and seventh grade. Moments like these become aspiring and turn into the reason why I continue to be a professional educator.
What advice would you give to those interested in pursuing teaching?
For students that are pursuing to become teachers I will advise them to take each year in stages. Initially I would want them to learn about the school and how they would plan to teach curriculum and behavior management of other students. After that I would want them to pursue ways to improve their professional practice. I would advise them to go to different conferences and workshops on how to become proficient in their teaching career. The last stage is to develop a professional learning community. From here they would work with different organizations that will help educate and I suppose the students to learn new forms of technology which will be continuous in their tenure as a professional educator.
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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.