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PBS Reno STEM Works | Breadware

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In this PBS Reno STEM Works digital short, we visit with our friends at Breadware and talk with Director of Engineering and Operations Liz Mancuso, Designer Joe Fitzpatrick, and Project Manager Ryan Oddo. We find out what it takes to research, design and build the latest tech toys that will eventually end up on store shelves and in our hands to enjoy.


STEM — STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. It represents an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to gathering hands-on experience and applying “real-world” knowledge. People who work in STEM fields use knowledge in science, engineering, technology, or math to understand the world around us and to solve problems.

Engineer — An engineer is someone who designs, builds, or uses machines, computers, and other technologies. Engineers tend to use a lot of science, math, and problem solving in their jobs.

Iteration — An iteration is just a specific version of something. Engineers often make several iterations of different objects in order to design the best possible version of the product.

Motherboard — The motherboard is the central brain of a computer. It lets all the other computer parts "talk" to each other and work together to make the computer run.

Optimize — To optimize something is to make it run better, quicker, or more efficiently. Engineers often try to optimize machines or processes in order to create extra, higher quality products/services more quickly.

RoboticsRobotics is the part of STEM and computer programming dedicated to building robots. It includes deciding what the robot will do and how it will run and look (design), building the robot (construction), and making sure it works the way it's designed to once it's built (operation & maintenance).

Software — Software is a set of instructions (created through code) for a computer that tells the computer how to run and perform tasks. All the programs on your computer (like Google Chrome, Minecraft, or Microsoft Word) are run by software.

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