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VEX IQ STEM Career Readiness Online Challenge Sponsored by The REC Foundation

Nearly 2.5 million STEM careers are going unfilled. Career readiness is one of the unsung skills that teams involved in VEX Robotics programs will adapt through their participation on a competitive robotics team. Career exploration is a vital component in developing a skill set. In this STEM Careers Online Challenge, you will be asked to explore a specific career within a STEM field and create an exciting and engaging presentation about your chosen career.

Things to keep in mind for a successful submission:

  • What STEM career appeals to you most?
  • Share how your involvement in competitive robotics is preparing you for this field.
  • Share required skills or fields of study that persons working within this career gained/studied to allow them to be successful.
  • How do you believe this career field will evolve over the next ten years?
  • Is there a well-known person working within this field? How has this person inspired you to learn more about this career path? What do they attribute to their success?

We want compelling, engaging, and well-researched insight into the growing field of STEM careers available to students using their skills learned in competitive robotics. There are many paths that you can take to becoming a STEM leader, which will you choose?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2018/11/08/moving-target-preparing-todays-minds-for-the-stem-jobs-of-tomorrow/#348fb41fe147

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Career Readiness

mjl6537@lausd.net

This essay submission was skillfully written by Sara Khattak, a 7th grader and a member of our VEX IQ robotics team Comet Crew 11108A.Sara is a gifted writer and will achieve great heights in her academic and later professional life.

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Career Readiness

mkoletzke

This career readiness essay was reasearched and put together by team 2501V for the VEX IQ STEM Career Readiness Online Challenge.

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Career Readiness

mkoletzke

This career readiness essay was reasearched and put together by team 2501X for the VEX IQ STEM Career Readiness Online Challenge.

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Software Developers are Changing the World

Error404

This essay was written and researched by robotics team Error404 908A. The club is made of 5 students in grades fifth and sixth.  

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Career Readiness Team 11108B

mjl6537@lausd.net

This Career Readiness was co-authored by two students, Joseph Donayre and Deery Melara. They are both goal driven and action oriented. They have dreams for their futures as is evident in their essay writing about career readiness.According to Joseph's mother, he has wanted to be an aerospace engineer foras long as she can remember.

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Robotics in Healthcare

Bstahl07

In the future I hope to become a Roboticist with a focus on helping the medical field

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Animatronics Engineer STEM Career Readiness Essay

borysiewicza

This VEX IQ STEM Career Readiness Online Challenge essay was researched and written by team 33300C also known as Loading... of Minneola Charter School in Minneola, Florida. 

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Career Readiness: Meteorology

agarci9@lausd.net

Robotics Students Arumi and Arturo researched Meteorology as their career exploration for the Career Readiness Challenge. Arumi was on the Robotics Team last year, Arturo is new to the team. They found information on what a Meteorologist does and what it takes to become one. They also found similarities to being on a Robotics Team and using many of the same skills in becoming ready for a career in Meteorology. When they completed their photo essay, Arumi stated, "This came out better than I ever imagined."

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Software Engineering in Space Exploration

aegbert

I’m Emma and I’m on team 74177Z, the Lady Pirates. We are a Vex IQ team of six girls from Pinecrest Sloan Canyon. I chose to write about how software engineering is used in space exploration because I love programming and I would like to one day be able to send a rover to another planet. I learned more about this profession, like that the average annual salary for a software engineer is about $100,000. This field is very popular because software engineers can find jobs in almost any industry. In the United States in 2019, there were about 1,469,200 jobs in...


 

Career Readiness Online Challenge: Aerospace...

jsy0538@lausd.net

Team 5164A: Ameila, Logan, and Hiyab created this presentation based on their reasearch of Aerospace Engineers.

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Career Readiness: Chemical Engineer

jsy0538@lausd.net

Teacm 5164B: Lilou, Samara, and Jonathan created this presentation based on their research of Chemical Engineers.

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Career Readiness: Health Informatics Technology

jsy0538@lausd.net

Team 5164C: Maria and Laleh created this presentation based on their reseearch on the field of Health Informatics Technology.

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Ready for a Career as an Environmental Engineer

michelle.courtney@lamarcountyschools.org

My name is Madelyn and I am more than an AquaBot. I will become an environmental engineer in May of 2031. Read my story to find out about how VEX introduced me to my future career. 

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Career Readiness Data Science

melanie.shiflet@ftcsc.org

    This will help expain many things about the feild of data science and what makes it so intruiging in today's modern world. It will also discuss how data science now has an overwhelming effect in Western society, just by computer programming and crunching numbers. Throughout this essay, it explians what would help one be successful in data science, how competitive robotics can help prepare one for the subject, some top scholars and how they use their skills, and what will the future behold for it.

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Virtual Retail Service Engineer

mikemilliard1@gmail.com

We are Team 1705A of the PF Robotics Academy in Ontario, Canada.  We used our imagination to present you with a new career named the Virtual Retail Services Engineer.  Our entire team worked together to create the entry for the Career Readiness Online Challenge.  We hope that you enjoy our presentation.

Zach, Rachael, Troy, and Marcus:)

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Agricultural Engineer

mikemilliard1@gmail.com

We worked together as a team and combined our knowledge of robotics with plants to explain how an Agricultural Engineer can make our planet a better place to live.  Agricultural engineers will be in high demand in the near future, as we become more environmentally conscious. 

Your friends Team 1705D of the PF Robotics Academy,

Shauna, Luke, and Hannah. 

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Team 11110A Career Readiness Challenge

chrismh@nv.ccsd.net

Career Readiness Project for team 11110A from Henderson, NV. 

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Team 11110Z Career Readiness Challenge

chrismh@nv.ccsd.net

Career Readiness Challenge for team 11110Z from Henderson, NV

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Team 11110T Career Readiness Challenge

chrismh@nv.ccsd.net

Career Readiness Project for team 11110T from Henderson, NV. 

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Team 11110F Career Readiness Challenge

chrismh@nv.ccsd.net

Career Readiness Challenge for team 11110F from Henderson, NV

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Unlocking our Future Medical Careers with STEM

NOVA_IQ_Robotics

We are Jesse and Jeanelle from NOVA IQ Robotics Team 99808A and our dream is to become a radiologist and surgeon. We use robotics as a way to learn about STEM and we believe that we are "Unlocking our Future Medical Careers with STEM."

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Career Readiness: A Future In Space (141B)

kennedyjd

Killian Babb is currently a sixth grader at Leo Elementary. This is his fifth year in VEX IQ Robotics, and second in the Middle School Division. He is a member of team 141B with the Leo Elementary/Leo Jr. Sr. High program. After discovering this Online Challenge he saw the opportunity to explore his dream of working in the aerospace industry. In his research, Killian identified a position where he would create simulations for spacecraft. Having both drive and talent in the fields of computer programming and complex mathematics, he continues his journey to reach...


 

My Dream STEM Career

erduo

My Dream STEM Career

The STEM career that appeals to me most is to become a robotics engineer. A robotics engineer is an expert who develop, design, build, and program robots that can replicate human actions. A similar job of robotics engineer is robotics technicians. The difference between robotics engineers and robotics technicians is that robotics technicians mostly are in charge of maintain and repair robots or robotic devices that have been installed in use. Moreover, robotics engineer is a higher level job so a robotics engineer’s salary is higher...


 

Software Engineering

aegbert

My name is Amanda. I am on a team number 74177U and I am brand new to robotics. I was excited to submit this online challenge essay and conduct research on Software Engineering. I have chosen to research Software Engineering because I have a dream of becoming a Software Engineer one day. I have learned a lot during the research process.

I hope you enjoy reading my essay! 

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Robotic Surgeon: Surgeon of the Future

cpastrana

Team 6855A researched the field of robotic surgeries. Learn about the past, present, and future of robotic surgery and how skills learned in robotics transfer to this STEM career.

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3383A - Radiologists

mlund

VEX IQ Middle School Team 3383A - Think Pink from the Orchard Hills Robohawks. 

Dedicated to all the diligent, dedicated, and uplifting healthcare workers out there; the people who selflessly give themselves to others. Our hearts will always continue flowing with gratitude for you all. Thank you for caring for us during this strenuous time. We love each and every one of you, endlessly!

-Think Pink. 

(Joyce, Aarna, Athena, Haylie, and Naomi)

 


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