- a craft, trade, or job requiring manual dexterity or special training in which a person has competence and experience:
“difficult work, taking great skill”
A skill is the learned ability to perform an action with determined results with good execution often within a given amount of time, energy, or both.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF
Or technical skills relating to a specific task or situation. It involves both understanding and proficiency in such specific activity that involves methods, processes, procedures, or techniques. These skills are easily quantifiable unlike soft skills which are related to one’s personality. These are also skills that can be or have been tested and may entail some professional, technical, or academic qualification.
A combination of people skills, social skills, communication skills, character or personality traits, attitudes, mindsets, career attributes, social intelligence and emotional intelligence quotients, among others, that enable people to navigate their environment, work well with others, perform well, and achieve their goals with complementing hard skills.
“It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill.”
– Wilbur Wright
An ability and capacity acquired through deliberate, systematic, and sustained effort to smoothly and adaptively carryout complex activities or job functions involving ideas (cognitive skills), things (technical skills), and/or people (interpersonal skills).
DIG DEEPER DISCUSSION
The track owner, Patrick, appeared to be very brisk and ornery. Why do you think he made Jack work so hard before he would help them?
Why did Patrick make Jack paint the storage building wearing a hat with a paintbrush attached to it? Spray the track? Wash the karts with his feet? Drive 100 continuous laps and then clean out the shed?
Did the pile of parts that they used to build our go cart looks similar to our project we did for FABcamp last summer? How did Mandy use her engineering mindset?
Mandy’s father wouldn’t let her work at his own company building karts. Why do you think society makes women prove that they can be engineers and do the same thing that men do?
The different tasks that Patrick had Jack do at the race track, how did repeating those tasks build Jack’s skill set?
“An almost indispensable skill for any creative person is the ability to pose the right questions. Creative people identify promising, exciting, and most important, accessible routes to progress – and eventually formulate the questions correctly.”
~ Lisa Randall
ENGINEERING MEETS ART
Find your favorite SKILL quote and place it somewhere that you will see it every day. Your computer, your mirror, make a graphic you can print and hang on your wall, be creative and turn it into a piece of art! Submit your artistic creation for us to use on our social media channels to get extra points!
“When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.”
“Some people, through luck and skill, end up with a lot of assets. If you’re good at kicking a ball, writing software, investing in stocks, it pays extremely well.”
“In a world that is constantly changing, there is no one subject or set of subjects that will serve you for the foreseeable future, let alone for the rest of your life. The most important skill to acquire now is learning how to learn.”
“Communication is a skill that you can learn. It’s like riding a bicycle or typing. If you’re willing to work at it, you can rapidly improve the quality of every part of your life.”
“I really believe that everyone has a talent, ability, or skill that he can mine to support himself and to succeed in life.”
“I like to solve problems. I know it is a skill set, but it’s also an obligation. I grew up with parents who believe that you don’t simply complain you try to find solutions and fix what’s in front of you.”
“Learning how to learn is life’s most important skill.”
“A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.”
“Schooling doesn’t assure employment, but skill does.”