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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

Finalists

 

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: Chemical Engineer

jsy0538

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

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Ready for a Career as an Environmental Engineer

michelle.courtney

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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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...


3383B - Biomechanist

Robohawks- Coach Lund

We Are Team: 3383B Pi of ORCHARD HILLS MIDDLE SCHOOL.

We are passionate middle schoolers who are fascinated by engineering and technology. These tough times are another reason to push our motivation and passion to do robotics! We chose biomechanists for our STEM career project. Biomechanists change human lives, environments, and our world. This profession matters to us because we can expand the universe with just our hands. 

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3383C - The Magical World of Imagineering

Robohawks- Coach Lund

Team 3383C, a middle school VEX IQ team from the Orchard Hills Robohawks tells a compelling story of Disney Imagineering. At Disney Parks your imagination comes to life. From movies to books to your favorite Disney characters, but behind all of the magic is robotics. The people who make this possible are the Disney Imagineers.

 

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Robotics Today, Zoology Tomorrow

cpastrana

Explore how participation in VEX IQ robotics can help develop skills necessary for a career as a zoologist.

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Bridging Our Way to Civil Engineering

cpastrana

We are Team 6855C, The Warrior Engineers from Westminster Christian School in Miami, FL.  We hope you are inspired by our essay on Civil Engineers.  Robotics is changing the way Civil Engineers, specifically structural engineers work in the future.  We hope you learn how robots are “bridging” the way for civil engineers. 

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