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STEM CAREERS- BACKGROUND INFORMATION

WHAT IS STEM?
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Today's STEM professionals create virtual worlds, design amazing machines, invent new materials, construct earth-friendly buildings and engineer cutting-edge air vehicles.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math: Education for Global Leadership

WHAT IS A STEM CAREER?
Anyone who is supporting science, technology, engineering or math is involved in a STEM career. The opportunities are endless. Traditionally, anyone involved in STEM has an Associate degree, Bachelors/Masters degree or special certification. More information about STEM careers can be found at:
STEMcareers
Best STEM Jobs, US News
What's An Engineer?, Crash Course Kids
STEM Career Cluster, Stephanie Dockery
Robotics Technician, KMSWalburnLogan

WHY A STEM CAREER?
• With 6,810,913 citizens North Texas is the 4th largest Metropolitan Area in the country and growing at a rate of 12 people an hour, 288 people a day, 2,016 a week and demographers expect us to reach over 16 million by mid century
• The population growth requires a highly skilled and educated population to be the innovators who will continue to provide the quality of life of which we are accustomed
• Half of all STEM Jobs don’t require a four-year degree and pay an average of $53,000 which is 10% higher than non-STEM jobs with similar education requirements (Source: STEMtistics)
• By 2020 the demand for STEM professionals will add over 1 million new jobs (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics - BLS)
STEM Careers: Just for Students, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity
Women in STEM, American Association of University Women


TECHNOLOGY GAME CHANGERS - BACKGROUND INFORMATION
3D/4D PRINTING - WHAT’S NEXT?

The fundamental rule of 3D printing is that it’s an additive manufacturing technique, unlike machining, turning, milling, and sawing which are subtractive. There are different kinds of 3D printing and all objects are built out of layers starting with the bottom layer, waiting for it to dry or solidify, and then working its way up. This layering process differs depending on the printer and the material it works with — metal, wood, plaster, polymer, resin, chocolate, and even stem cells.
It is fairly safe to assume that in the future we’ll be able to manufacture almost anything with a 3D Printer. It is important to note that we already have very accurate tools for creating 3D models of existing objects; we have the ability to scan an object and then create an exact copy using a 3D printer. Many commercial printers are labeled as “self-replicating,” in that they’re capable of printing their own replacement parts. In other words, in the future if we gave a 3D printer some kind of artificial intelligence, who knows what it would turn into considering that 4D printing, will use smart materials that will repair themselves when broken.
In the 1980s, computers began entering the mainstream workforce completely changing the way work is conducted by making it easier to perform tasks anytime and anywhere which has resulted in businesses hiring their workforce from around the world. Since that time, many jobs have disappeared, but many more have been created because of this amazing technology.
3D Printing is in its infancy today, and is expected to have the same or perhaps even greater effect upon careers and the workforce as computers.
As with any new technology, it is hard to predict the future, but 3D printing, is already beginning to make advances that indicate that it will be a very important technology. An example would be a company such as automotive repair shop, which in the past had to order parts for the vehicles they were repairing, could now print the parts in their shops and save time and the expense of shipping. And if it is a body part such as a fender the color of the car is in the printed part.
Also, people who have ideas of how to design and make products could become entrepreneurs. An example would be similar to Air B&B, which allows people to rent out their homes, and Uber or Lyft, which allows people to transport people around, 3D printing can be used by individuals to produce any product they design to be sold to others.
With 3D Printing, almost every industry could be changed in some way, and this may be disruptive to some jobs. As mentioned above, an example would be that vehicle parts could be printed in-house and would not need to be shipped, causing disruption to warehouse workers who once packaged the parts for shipping, and transportation workers such as truck drivers won’t be needed to deliver the products. Items currently being printed include:
• Clothing, jewelry and shoes
• Art work like sculptures
• Toys
• Candy in the form of particular items such as the 1965 Ford Mustang commissioned by Ford Motor Company to celebrate the Mustangs 50th anniversary.
• Medical appliances
• Houses
With funding from NASA, the University of Southern California has devised a process called “contour crafting.” It is showing how the printed home of the future will have it all – wiring, plumbing, and air conditioning. The field has the “potential to build safe, reliable, and affordable lunar and Martian structures, habitats, laboratories, and other facilities before the arrival of human beings.”

Future jobs include infinite possibilities including:
• Materials experts who discover new materials that can be printed, or make those materials which are available today printable
• There are companies working with material designs that can repair itself, called 4D or Reparative Printing
• Organ agents (for companies that make 3D printed body organs for the medical field)
• Printer repair technicians to keep the printers running
• Stylists for fashion
• Food designers
• Prosthesis designers (body parts for the medical community)
• Automotive designers
• Architects and Construction designers
• And many more
• And, for people who want to buy and print designs made by others, they can:
• Purchase printable files and patterns that download directly into their 3-D printer
• Retailers will ship cartridges of raw materials needed to print the items.

You can see that just like with computers which started out doing simple tasks and are now used to design products that can think and act, 3D Printing has a future that no one can yet imagine.
More info about 3D/4D Printing
What is 3D Printing?, Mashable
Will 3D Printing Change Everything?, asapSCIENCE
This is the 3D Printer Than Can Print Clothes, 3DPrinting.com
• 3D Exoskeleton, Sean Ludwig
4D Printing Could Change Everything, Smithsonian.com
Students Make Prosthetic Hand, Joel Thomas
Kids Will Make Their Own Toys, Valentina Palladina

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES – LAND, AIR, SEA & SPACE
Driver error is the most common cause of traffic accidents, and with cell phones, in-car entertainment systems, more traffic and more complicated road systems, it isn't likely to go away. But if drivers aren't going to concentrate on the road, who is? If technology continues on its current course, your car and other autonomous vehicles on the ground will do the concentrating for you. Automakers are developing complex systems that allow cars to drive themselves. They're also furthering existing technologies such as self-parking and pre-safe systems. You may even be surprised to find out your old clunker already sports some driverless technologies. Technology behind cars can operate with minimal input from drivers, and can be used in the areas of mass transit, personal transit, freight delivery, taxi/uber services, food delivery, and smart cities. They will impact public policy, safety, the insurance industry, driving jobs, hospital emergency rooms, police patrol and many others once the safety and technology is perfected and the legal issues around letting the robots take over are worked out and approved.
Now that the government has set standards for autonomous vehicles in the air (drone) usage. More and more businesses are realizing that you can have value from lower-cost autonomous vehicles to work’ in industries like agriculture, construction, mining, and things we haven’t even thought of yet — to create attractive new research, manufacturing and service jobs. Drone software companies will gain more traction by empowering businesses worldwide to make use of the drone’s data by transforming it into actionable information in the form of easily-shared maps, digital elevation models, and 3D models. These include applications in air quality, water resources, and hyperspectral imaging relevant to agriculture, monitoring infrastructure, detecting gas leaks, geophysical surveying and many other uses.
Autonomous underwater vehicles are increasingly being used in marine, scientific, military, commercial and policy applications. Since autonomous underwater vehicles can go deeper than human divers and can explore in worse conditions, they are being used more and more frequently to search the ocean floor for various applications.
Space exploration has been accomplished by many manned and unmanned space vehicles. The unmanned space vehicles have various levels of human interaction. Future space autonomous vehicles could be used to expand space exploration for initial investigations or to explore areas where transporting a human to the area would be difficult.
More info about Autonomous Vehicles
Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, ScienceDirect
Autonomous Vehicles: A Guide for Policymakers, Rand Corporation
Jobs Where You Can Fly a Drone, PayScale
Drone Jobs, PinPoint
What Does It Take To Be a Professional Drone Pilot?, Mashable
17 Ways Driverless Cars Could Change America, The Federalist
How Self Driving Cars Will Change the World, Forbes
What's Next for Driverless Cars, USC News
Autonomous Cars and Mans Future, Factor Tech

INTERNET OF THINGS – EVERTHING IS CONNECTED
Internet of Things – So What Is the Internet of Things “IoT”? - The new rule for the future is going to be, “Anything that can be connected, will be connected.” Simply put, this is the concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other). This includes everything from cellphones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices and almost anything else you can think of. This also applies to components of machines, for example a jet engine of an airplane or the drill of an oil rig. The analyst firm Gartner says that by 2020 there will be over 26 billion connected devices… That’s a lot of connections (some even estimate this number to be much higher, over 100 billion). The IoT is a giant network of connected “things” (which also includes people). The relationship will be between people-people, people-things, and things-things. Source: Forbes
More info about Internet of Things
A Simple Explanation of the Internet of Things, Forbes
The Internet of Things, McKinsey and Company
Internet of Things Examples. Postscapes
How it Works: Internet of Things IBM Think Academy

ROBOTICS & THE FUTURE

While the quickly advancing fields of automation and artificial intelligence will most certainly revolutionize every aspect of human life—and are already making an impact on everything from military strategy to medical procedures—robots are taking over increasingly complex tasks, after all, they excel in crunching numbers, lifting heavy objects, working in dangerous environments, moving with precision, and performing repetitive tasks. New forms of man-machine interaction will emerge and the structure of both industry and society will evolve to accommodate this emerging and symbiotic relationship. Humans still have a number of advantages over their automated counterparts, including creativity, curiosity, empathy, self-motivation, and the ability to provide fast, multidimensional feedback. And by working hand-in-hand with advanced robotics technology, we can combine the best of man and machine. As speech and image recognition improve, memory and analytics capabilities increase, and virtual and augmented reality options advance, better, faster and cheaper robotics options for humans will emerge.
Robotics is the branch of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and computer science that deals with the design, construction, operation, and application of robots, as well as computer systems for their control, sensory feedback, and information processing.
These technologies deal with automated machines (robots for short) that can take the place of humans in dangerous environments or manufacturing processes, or resemble humans in appearance, behaviour, and or cognition. Many of today's robots are inspired by nature, contributing to the field of bio-inspired robotics.
Throughout history, it has been frequently assumed that robots will one day be able to mimic human behavior and manage tasks in a human-like fashion. Today, robotics is a rapidly growing field, as technological advances continue; researching, designing, and building new robots serve various practical purposes, whether domestically, commercially, or militarily. Many robots are built to do jobs that are hazardous to people such as defusing bombs, finding survivors in unstable ruins, and exploring mines and shipwrecks. Robotics is also used in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) as a teaching aid.

Robotics Applications
- As more and more robots are designed for specific tasks this method of classification becomes more relevant. For example, many robots are designed for assembly work, which may not be readily adaptable for other applications. They are termed as "assembly robots". For seam welding, some suppliers provide complete welding systems with the robot i.e. the welding equipment along with other material handling facilities like turntables etc. as an integrated unit. Such an integrated robotic system is called a "welding robot" even though its discrete manipulator unit could be adapted to a variety of tasks. Some robots are specifically designed for heavy load manipulation, and are labelled as "heavy duty robots."
Current and potential applications include:
• Military robots
• Caterpillar plans to develop remote controlled machines and expects to develop fully autonomous heavy robots by 2021. Some cranes already are remote controlled.
• It was demonstrated that a robot can perform a herding task.
• Robots are increasingly used in manufacturing (since the 1960s). In the auto industry they can amount for more than half of the "labor". There are even "lights off" factories such as an IBM keyboard manufacturing factory in Texas that is 100% automated.
• Robots such as HOSPI are used as couriers in hospitals (hospital robot). Other hospital tasks performed by robots are receptionists, guides and porters helpers, (not to mention surgical robot helpers such as Da Vinci)
• Robots can serve as waiters and cooks. Also at home. Boris is a robot that can load a dishwasher.
• Robot combat for sport – hobby or sport event where two or more robots fight in an arena to disable each other. This has developed from a hobby in the 1990s to several TV series worldwide.
• Cleanup of contaminated areas, such as toxic waste or nuclear facilities.
• Agricultural robots (AgRobots,).
• Domestic robots, cleaning and caring for the elderly
• Medical robots performing low-invasive surgery
• Household robots with full use.
More info about Robotics
More Robot Videos, Science Kids
10 Best Robot Videos Ever, Information Week
Future Robots, Popular Science
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