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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.

Industrial Designer

An industrial designer combines art and engineering skills to make all kinds of products function well and look great. Industrial designers must have knowledge of computer software, solid design skills and the ability to collaborate with others. They also must be able to clearly communicate their vision for a product. Just about everything around you, from cars to refrigerators, has been created with the help of an industrial designer. In this unit, when you created and optimized a manipulator for your robot, you were doing similar work.

industrial designer

Sports Engineer

A sports engineer uses engineering principles and skills to solve problems in sports. Sports engineers make safety improvements to sports gear, design equipment and sports facilities, and even analyze the performance of athletes to keep them safe and enhance their athletic performance. In this unit, when you iterated on your robot’s manipulator to maximize its performance, you were doing some elements of a sports engineer’s job.

sports equiptment

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 the choice board below to deepen your understanding!

Venn Diagram

Choose a second career that interests you. It can be the other one from this Unit, another IQ (2nd gen) Unit, or another career you know about. Create a Venn Diagram showing how the careers are alike and how they are different. Add at least 10 items to your Venn Diagram. Study the diagram and note how your interest and learning aligns with each career. Be ready to share your thoughts with others.

Problem Solver

Both of the careers in this Unit involve problem-solving. Research to discover the process a person employed in the career you chose follows in order to solve those problems.  Then, choose a problem someone in that field would be tasked with solving, and design a product that would help solve it. Create a detailed, labeled drawing of the product that clearly illustrates you product and how it provides a solution. Find a classmate and pitch your product to them as if you are employed in that career.

Hiring Manager

Research to discover the qualifications needed to obtain an entry-level position in your chosen career. Pretend you are hiring someone for this position, and write up five interview questions you would ask this person, as well as their imagined answers. Be sure to focus on interpersonal skills as well as their technical qualifications and education!

Quiz Game Answers!

Choose a career, and find out 10 essential facts about it, such as what kind of education is needed, who some well-known people with that career are, what industries they work in, what their daily lives are like and what kinds of contributions they make to society. Write 10 answers for the kind of quiz game where the answer is given and the contestants have to come up with the questions, along with the questions that go with them. Then, challenge a friend to play!

Career Path Board Game

Create a board game themed around your chosen career! Research to discover a typical career path of someone in that profession. What are the steps they would take through their education, their early career and on into their later career? What are the highest honors they could achieve? What do they create along the way? Use this information to create a board game, and play it with friends.

(Social) Media Mogul

Imagine you are posting about a day in the life of someone in your chosen career. Write or draw out 6 imaginary social media posts you could use to describe your day to your followers!


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

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