An Interview with Yücel Tekin (The Cogcast #003)

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Yücel Tekin is the founder and CEO of Robotum, an organization which facilitates robotics workshops for children and teens between the ages of 6 and 19. Before working on his company full-time, Yücel had experience as the Director of Distance Learning at Atilim University, as a Chief Information Officer in the military, as an ICT Instructor, and more. Robotum acts as a consultant to schools and institutions interested in technology education and competitive robotics. Their talented team of youth builders and programmers routinely attends national and international competitions such as FIRST LEGO League Jr., FIRST LEGO League, and World Robot Olympiad. Having four degrees, Yücel is a well-educated and experienced individual. After completing two undergraduate degrees in Management and Computer Science, he earned his Master’s in Education Technology, before finally achieving his Ph.D. based on his research into the effects of robotics on mathematics.


2:00 – Introduction

4:10 – The most rewarding part of his job & working with Baskinet University

5:35 – How he discovered the Virtual Robotics Toolkit

7:40 – What he learns from his students

9:23 – Teaching his son and his role as a parent

12:58 – The advantages of virtual robotics

15:25 – His view on the next 10 years in STE(A)M

17:33 – Changing career paths & his educational background

21:18 – What the future classroom will look like and why education should be personalized

24:06 – His message to the world

Follow Yücel and Robotum via the links below ↓

Yücel’s website

Yücel’s LinkedIn

Yücel’s YouTube

Robotum’s Facebook

Robotum’s Instagram

Read our 2019 interview with Yücel

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An Interview with Marvin Castillo (The Cogcast #002)

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Marvin Castillo is the Executive Director and President of FUNDESTEAM, a Non-Profit Organization specialized in the development and implementation of STEAM education in public and private schools. This organization has already reached 20,000 children from socially vulnerable areas, and on a weekly basis they have the opportunity to participate in robotics competitions and science projects. While having an engineering background, Marvin is well-versed in the business world. He’s sold houses, diving services, ship repairs, and built a multi-million dollar company from a laptop in his bedroom. Today, he is a National Organizer for the World Robot Olympiad and is heading the expansion of Robot Virtual Games, a entirely digital platform that provides students around the world with affordable and powerful opportunities to learn coding through robotics.


0:00​ – Intro

2:20​ – What he’s currently working on

3:32​ – Early beginnings

6:42​ – Starting a multi-million dollar company, advice to young entrepreneurs

14:40​ – Solving problems with an engineering mindset

17:30​ – The importance of arts in STEAM

20:25​ – What he’s learned from getting involved in the robotics community

26:35​ – First impressions of the Virtual Robotics Toolkit

33:10​ – Transforming Panama’s educational system during a pandemic

36:51​ – The future of education

40:05​ – Message to students, teachers, and the robotics community

Follow Marvin and Robot Virtual Games via the links below ↓

Marvin’s Twitter

Marvin’s Facebook

Marvin’s Instagram

Marvin’s LinkedIn

Robot Virtual Games website

Robot Virtual Games Twitter

Robot Virtual Games Facebook

Robot Virtual Games Instagram

Robot Virtual Games TikTok

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