STEM Robotics Skills that Will Benefit Your Child in a Competitive Job Market

STEM Robotics Skills that Will Benefit Your Child in a Competitive Job Market

The global job market is more competitive than ever before, with employers asking for more skills sets, work and life experiences to qualify them as a job candidate. The task of finding first jobs in the professional world can seem daunting to millions of young Americans across the country who have recently graduated college, but now wonder how far that degree is going to take them.

While the economy dictates which jobs are most in demand, career paths like those related to STEM fields, are not likely to go instinct anytime soon. Sick people still need treatment, and cities still need to be built.

The next question is how to properly equip young people with the skills they need to make themselves attractive in today’s job market. A diverse resumé is key.

STEM robotics are a great way to engage students and introduce them to all areas of STEM education. Many students come out of workshops discovering new things about themselves and their academic interests and may decide to pursue those interests at the academic or professional level.

Although of course young students up until high school-age students are likely to grab hold of more than one career path interest, simply exposing students to science, technology, engineering, and math in a hands-on way opens up new doors and makes new paths seem possible.



Several areas of scientific study come into play when it comes to developing a robot. Throughout the design process, students are being exposed to specific scientific fields like physics and mechanics. Of course, a student can read about the same types of properties in a textbook: those that talk about weight, mass, velocity, range of motion, etc.

On the other hand, witnessing—and creating it—firsthand takes learning to a whole new level.

The lessons students learn while creating their robots, about its center of gravity and fluidity of motion go beyond the world of STEM robotics and can suit students in a wide variety of future career paths.

Students who latch on to a love of science during robotics workshops may consider future academic pursuits in disciplines such as architecture, chemistry, geology, or pre-physical therapy.

Some careers students interested in STEM robotics might consider include computer scientists, conservators, geoscientists, astronomers, or statisticians.


When students pick apart robots and put them back together again, they delve into the world of technology. A general curiosity about why things work they way they do is crucial for a future in technological pursuits.

Building a robot gives kids insight about how the most complex inventions of today work. From the start, kids are at least beginning to ask the questions,—if the answers are not always clear—about how technology has brought about our most loved gadgets of today. They’ll start to wonder how their phone sends messages, how their ceiling fan turns, or how their family television transmits images.

Asking questions is just the tip of the iceberg, but totally essential, in hooking kids into the world of technology.

Areas of higher academic interest involving technology include disciplines like computer software engineering, electronics technology, and design and visual communications.

Likewise, students may consider pursuing careers as computer system analysts, forensic scientists, or electronic technicians.


For engineering enthusiasts, a day with STEM robotics kits means Christmas has come early this year.

Drawing out blueprints, planning out the prototype, and executing the final product requires an abundant amount of skills transferable to career in engineering. In fact, a lot of skills will overlap with those of science lovers.

From the biggest bridges, to the most unusual skyscrapers, to the tiniest of robotic moving parts, an engineer is behind each of those designs.

As students test out the balance of their robot or the ease of motion it’s able to execute, students can also begin to imagine the kind of thought given to a tall building which sway every so slightly in the wind, or a bridge at just the right incline to allow for bikers and strollers, without making it too steep.

Students who discover a love of engineering are not limited to one branch of engineering. Some specific areas of study include architecture, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or geotechnical engineering.

Career paths are also diverse. Students interested in engineering might think about becoming an agricultural engineer, an aerospace engineer, a materials or petroleum engineer.


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For those students that naturally dive into mathematics, as well as other students who initially shy away from any equation more than a couple lines long, STEM robotics is a new way to uncover an interest in mathematics.

When students pool their skills together to create a robot, they’ll undoubtedly call on their mathematics skills to determine the range of motion of their robot, its height and weight, and the implication those factors have on its center of gravity.

Math is all around us in our daily lives, too. It’s what lets us measure time, estimate the distance from one point to another, to approximate proportions and to draw conclusions about sets of data.

Students with interests in math have many career options, many of which, especially in the United States, are in need of extremely qualified individuals.

Areas of studies at the university level include applied mathematics, education, criminal justice, library and information science, insurance, public policy analysis, and statistics.

Potential careers for mathematics fanatics to consider include adult educators, aircraft pilots, civil engineers, computer system analysts, market and survey researchers, and network systems and data communications analysts.

Even for elementary students, it’s never too young to start exploring academic interests and personal passions. When it comes to finding your niche in the STEM community, the gateways that open up to you are numerous.

The benefits of taking part in robotics workshops are that students who already have preconceived notions about their abilities in these fields can reconsider where they stand.

So look out for the next great chemical engineer, ethnobotanist, high school math teacher, or smartphone developer—they might be sitting right next to you in your next STEM robotics workshop.

Derek Capo