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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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

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

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

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

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Team 11110Z Career Readiness Challenge

chrismh

Career Readiness Challenge for team 11110Z from Henderson, NV

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Team 11110T Career Readiness Challenge

chrismh

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

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Team 11110F Career Readiness Challenge

chrismh

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

Robohawks- Coach Lund

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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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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3383D -Ethical Hackers: Protectors of the Cyber...

Robohawks- Coach Lund

Team 3383D - VEX IQ Middle School - Orchard Hills Robohawks

Vexcode(init); 

//Initializing hack into the VEX IQ STEM Career Project

start(blowing the judges away with our interesting STEM career); 

stop(mistaking us for those dirty black hat hackers);

//We are true and ethical whenever we do anything within the realms of hacking 

guess(Have you guessed what stem career we’re talking about?); 

//The infamous, interesting, and amazing STEM career called...Ethical...


3383E - Artificial Intelligence Engineer

Robohawks- Coach Lund

Team 3383E from the Orchard Hills Robohawks researches an Artifical Intelligence Engineer. 

“Artificial intelligence is the future and the future is here.” ~Dave Waters

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3383F - 3D Innovators

Robohawks- Coach Lund

Team 3383F from the Orchard Hills Robohawks takes a look at the world of 3D Innovation and all of the fields you can explore as a 3D innovator, designer, and printer. 

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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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Software Developer

PAT-Robotics

Please enjoy our presentation on Software Developers.

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Disney Imagineer

TabithaO

This is a collaborative effort from Team 69852C.   They came together to support the career dreams of their 7th grade teammate and the essay author, Sophie Swiney.  While browsing the online challenges, this particular challenge spoke to Sophie.  She expressed to her team that she wanted to become a Disney Imagineer.  Her teammates jumped into action.  They started watching videos of Imagineer interviews, taking notes and researching the history of the career to help Sophie fully develop this presentation.  

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STEM Career Challenge

ogarcia4

This career readiness essay was reasearched and put together by team 99991A for the VEX IQ STEM Career Readiness Online Challenge.

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Career Paths Software Development

melanie.shiflet

Our project is about the wide world of software developers and development. With recognizable figures such as Bill Gates and many more. We will also give insight into what we think will happen to this field in the next decade and how robotics will prepare us for this occupation.

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Team 11110R Career Readiness Challenge

chrismh

Career Readiness Project from Team 11110R Henderson, NV. 

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48466B Vex IQ STEM Career Readiness MS

sbaker

Thank you for considering my project over Software Devolopment.

 

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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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Aerospace Engineering

KeithLeinenbach

A look at Aerospace Engineering by CIrcuit Girl team members Sierra Leinenbach, Molly Bagchee, Rhea Bagchee, Elaine Chi, Gargi Paranjape.

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Becoming an Astrophysicist

generationartemis

We are a team of 5th grade friends.  We have a deep passion and interest in space. We love reading the updates on NASA’s website and seeing all the amazing things that scientists do in their labs. 

 We will be exploring the career of an Astrophysicist.

- Fallon, Aubrey, Akash and Ryan

Generation Artemis - Team 14366A

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VEX IQ Stem Career Exploration Online Challenge

savitamnayak

Spacecraft designing

Team: 9007X

Within Aerospace Engineering, many fields combine to make our space travel and discoveries possible. One specific career from this path is Spacecraft Designing. As the name suggests, spacecraft designing is a career-related to designing various forms of spacecraft, including rovers, satellites, rockets, and much more. In general, a spacecraft is any type of machine or vehicle that operates in space. Many different types of them, made for many different purposes, are explained further in the text. There are also many companies involved in...


 

Aerospace Engineering

michaeljleggett

We are a girl powered robotics team that loves learning about space! This project is all about aerospace engineering.

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Vex IQ STEM Career Readiness MS

sbaker

Thank you for considering my project about Nuclear Engineering. 

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Combining Science and Art for the Future

10142 Green Tigers

Team 10142Z is from Manoa Elementary School in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. The STEM career that the team selected was a computer animator. 

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Everything Depends on STEM

10142 Green Tigers

Maile, Sloane, Dylan, and Ian from team 10142X, share how participating in robotics is preparing them for many different careers in STEM.

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