The STEAM skill set (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) is considered one of the most desirable competencies for the employee of the future. Dynamic development of new technologies results in the creation of thousands of new workplaces that will demand unusual qualifications. It is estimated that by 2018, corporations such as Google, eBay, Facebook or Amazon will hire over half a million new employees, two-thirds of them with a STEAM skill set as a core asset.
Skriware is a Polish-Swedish startup that popularized 3D printing by offering small, affordable printers for personal use. Noticing the ever-increasing need for employees with the STEAM skill set, the company has decided to create an interdisciplinary educational program that will elevate these skills among all participants. Skriware decided to collaborate with Dartmouth College, one of the prestigious Ivy League schools, to offer a top-notch program focusing on competencies such as 3D modeling, programming, and robotics.
An interactive e-learning platform will be ready in the third quarter of 2017. Skriware plans to create free-of-charge courses, instructions, and guidebooks, all available in different variants depending on the student’s level. Their platform will also offer an interactive 3D modeling software for creating your own prototypes that does not require any advanced robotics knowledge.
“Each single robots available on the platform is designed to help in developing STEAM skills. We want to inspire our users to take creative action and realize unconventional ideas by showing them the creative aspects of robotics, programming, and 3D modeling. Our goal is to prove that the development of competences in this field – both technical and artistic – is an excellent investment in the future and a fun way to develop your passion,” said Karol Górnowicz, CEO of Skriware.
Users can print the robots they previously designed with the Skriware 3D printers. They can also control and program their robots with a dedicated mobile app – some special functionalities include, for example, reacting to sound signals.