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Platform Placer
Lesson 6: Conclusion

Career Connections

The following careers use skills and concepts that you practiced in this Unit. Choose one of these careers and complete an activity from the Choice Board.

Robotics Engineer

Robotics Engineers are involved in all aspects of creating robots – including conception design, testing, troubleshooting and maintenance of robots and robotic systems. They work in environments such as labs and manufacturing facilities,  collaborating with teams to solve problems in a variety of industries. A robotics engineer could help to create robots that improve supply chain efficiency, assist with surgery, build cars, move products in warehouses, and more. When you used the engineering design process to design and improve upon manipulators and lifts for your robot in this Unit, you were doing the work of a Robotics Engineer.

Woman engineering a robotic arm

Collaboration Engineer

A Collaboration Engineer's main responsibility is to enable people to work together successfully. They must understand all aspects of the organization they work for, and then use the engineering design process and computer science skills to create solutions that make work easier and more efficient. In this Unit, you did similar work to that of a Collaboration Engineer when you analyzed the competition rules, considered your team's driver skills and robot design, and then created a whole team strategy to successfully compete in the Platform Placer competition.

People collaborating around a computer monitor

Can you find another career that uses skills and big ideas from this Unit?

Talk to your teacher to see if you can complete a Choice Board activity for your chosen career.

Choose an Activity

After you have chosen the career that most interests you, choose one of the activities from below to deepen your understanding.

Engineering Museum 

Do some research on your chosen career and create a list of eight items that would be important to someone in that field. Make a list of those items and explain why they should be included in a museum display designed to educate students about that career. 

Salary Scale

Find out what the current average salary is for someone starting out in your chosen career. Imagine they receive a 2% raise each year. Create a table showing how much they make now, and in 5 other points in the future, such as 2 years, 5 years, 8 years, etc.

Chart a Course

Research to discover at least 2 different pathways someone could take to arrive at a position in your chosen career, including the kinds of education and experiences that can lead to getting hired. Try looking at job postings for hints!

Slide Show

Create a slide show to teach others about your chosen career. Include information such as salary scale, job duties, the kinds of industries that employ those with the career you chose, and career outlook. Be sure to add images and styling to make your slide show appealing!

Career Fair Booth

Set up a career fair booth in your classroom! Create a presentation that explains what your chosen career is and why it is important, and invite classmates to come and learn about your chosen career!

Team Building Bonanza!

Both of the careers in this Unit require excellent collaboration skills. Imagine you need to prepare a day of collaborative team building for an imaginary workplace. Use the internet to find fun and beneficial team-building activities, and create an agenda for the day that will help your team to work together more effectively! 

Once you have completed your choice board activity, check in with your teacher.

Select Next > to prepare for a debrief on this Unit.