Paul Smith-Keitley

Paul Smith-Keitley

Robotics Master Trainer


Tablet Academy

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I got a job calculating costs of manufacturing.
Someone found out I 'did programming' so I was moved.
I went to work in Government Security Services and got shipped to California.
I came back to the UK and designed an Avionics Computer - FROM SCRATCH!
Then I worked for a contractor automating steel works - BIG robots.
Then I became a journalist for a few years.
Then I headed up the European Multimedia Centre in London.
Then I worked as an EU consultant at Limerick University.
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
QEGS, Wakefield
Bachelor
Management & Non-Metallic Materials
Brunel University, London
Graduate
Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology
Rochester Institute of Technology

Career

Robotics Master Trainer

I evangelise the use of Robotics for teaching coding, engineering and teamwork.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Technology
Engineering
Teaching / Mentoring

Day to Day

Multiple robots, multiple systems, many challenges, many students, tons of happy faces, some confused ones. Several lightbulb moments. On the quieter days, lots of preparation, building code samples, building obstacles and workloads, designing courses and challenges.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Imagination, the concept of being able to achieve anything. The ability to relate to anyone from a 1st grader to head teacher, and then some. A little bit of showmanship, my job is to get students excited about technology and possible future careers. I have 20 minutes to get them engaged with a project.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Learn coding, learn mechanics - buy a cheap robotics kit, not a prebuilt one and not one that makes a single robot, but one you have to use your imagination with.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Mechanical Engineering or Robotics
undergrad
Bachelor
Education, General

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Family:

"Don't waste your time fiddling with electronics, you will never do anything worthwhile with it."

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Going down a brand new path
First-Generation College Student