Paul Smith-Keitley

Paul Smith-Keitley

Robotics Master Trainer


Tablet Academy

Milestones

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

Education

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

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
Technology
Engineering
Engineering
Teaching / Mentoring
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

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Family:

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

I just carried on, I found a Saturday job and bought components on the way home so no one would object.

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

Did a sandwich course, which meant I spent some time in industry earning 'food money'.

Going down a brand new path
Going down a brand new path

It is quite common that to truly make a difference you have to walk a path that is brand new. To do this will often seem impossible, but by taking all the pieces that make up you, you will find a way.

First-Generation College Student
First-Generation College Student

It was a change of environment, surroundings and friends. Joining obscure sports teams and societies let me meet like minded people.