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?
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.
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."
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...