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In 2021, The STEAM Connection created SkoBots, free, wearable, and interactive language learning robots for Indigenous youths that sense motion and speak. The 3D printed robot incorporates traditional and personal elements into the unique design and responds to being approached. As the first cultural robot, SkoBots were created for students to relate to and to make their own. SkoBots are a charitable initiative of us here at The STEAM Connection. Our robots are in their next phase of technical development and we are offering paid research and design positions for those of all experience levels. 

 

To apply, email us at thesteamconnection@gmail.com and we will send you the application details and how to sign up for an interview. 
 

About the Taskforce 
We will be forming three SkoBots: Research and Design cohorts in Fall 2022, Spring 2023, and Summer 2023. Groups will be divided by interest. We are accepting all levels of expertise with no academic requirements. Everyone will be fairly compensated for their time and have access to opportunities to grow and stay at The STEAM Connection and to resources such as recommendation letters and an in-person robot event. The Taskforce will be virtual over Zoom and will be ~5 hours a week of work, depending on the role of the participant. Participants will join first in a test period to see if the group is a good fit for them. Students and those with limited experience will be paired with team leads and mentors. Participants will also receive an invite to one in-person gathering over a weekend per cohort with all expenses paid for so that cohort members can work on the robots in person. If there are any resources that would prevent participants from joining us, such as access to a laptop, we will do our best to provide resources.

 

Interest Group Topics

  • Artificial intelligence 

  • Research

  • Electrical engineering

  • Computer science and app design

  • Mechanical engineering

  • Material science and fashion

  • AR/VR

  • Curriculum development and review

  • Recording languages