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Paul Smith-Keitley

Paul Smith-Keitley

Tablet Academy

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Paul's work combines: Technology, Engineering, and Teaching / Mentoring

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Day In The Life

Robotics Master Trainer

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

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

    QEGS, Wakefield

  • Bachelor's Degree

    Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management

    Brunel University, London

  • Graduate Degree

    Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology/Technician

    Rochester Institute of Technology

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Robotics Technicians:

High School

Bachelor's Degree: Mechanical Engineering

Bachelor's Degree: Education, General

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    I got a job calculating costs of manufacturing.

  • 2.

    Someone found out I 'did programming' so I was moved.

  • 3.

    I went to work in Government Security Services and got shipped to California.

  • 4.

    I came back to the UK and designed an Avionics Computer - FROM SCRATCH!

  • 5.

    Then I worked for a contractor automating steel works - BIG robots.

  • 6.

    Then I became a journalist for a few years.

  • 7.

    Then I headed up the European Multimedia Centre in London.

  • 8.

    Then I worked as an EU consultant at Limerick University.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Family:

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

  • How I responded:

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

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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

  • 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.

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