STEM Career Challenges

You Can’t Be What You Can’t See

Students require opportunities to see what careers exist beyond their classrooms and community. Students must also understand how STEM factors in each career pathway. The ability to see how student passions and interests can extend to careers in STEM is critical to success in the future.

Discovery Education STEM Career Challenges engage students in scenario-based learning about STEM career pathways that students might not otherwise have considered. Connecting student passions to their individual futures helps capture student interest in learning. STEM Career Challenges allow flexibility and customization for each teacher, school, and district based on your own standards and curriculums.


STEM Career Challenges

STEM Career Challenge: Machinists
Look at a metal or a plastic item around you. Are there multiple pieces that fit together to form the whole? Have you ever thought about what it would be like to create these products? Do you like building things? A career in metal or plastic machine working might be for you!

STEM Career Challenge: Sound Engineer
Sound engineers run the computers that record, mix, synchronize, or reproduce music, sound effects, and voices. They work in recording studios, movie and video productions, sporting arenas, and theater productions. They also produce the soundtracks for movies and television programs.

STEM Career Challenge: Aerospace Engineer
Aerospace engineers develop, manufacture, and test practices for the aircraft or aerospace industries. Ensuring that end products meet quality standards, they evaluate projects to determine levels of safety, quality, and sustainability.

STEM Career Challenge: Criminal Detective
Detectives work with police officers to enforce the law by solving crimes. They respond to calls, gather facts, collect evidence, interview witnesses, and interrogate suspects. Once all this information has been gathered, detectives use their problem-solving skills and analyze the data, trying to solve the crime.

STEM Career Challenge: Logistician
Logisticians develop and manage an organization’s supply chain. They coordinate the logistics, from production design to disposal; develop strategies to maximize profits; and oversee transportation, inventory, warehousing, and delivery. Logisticians use software specifically designed to manage the logistics behind each of these steps in the life cycle of a product.

STEM Career Challenge: Media Strategy Analyst
Media analysts carry out general quantitative and qualitative research to produce media evaluation reports. These are then used to improve the effectiveness of marketing campaigns. Analysts study market conditions to examine the potential of a product or service, and they help companies understand what shows people want to see, who will watch them and when.

STEM Career Challenge: Nature Photographer
Wildlife photographers provide publications with (or self-publish) images of animals, plants, and places from across the globe. They understand how to coax the best images out of a variety of environments and conditions, using technical equipment that might enhance the image.They also understand the importance of designing and displaying their images to best tell a story and convey their message.

STEM Career Challenge: Sports Statistician
Sports statisticians analyze data pertaining to sporting events, usually for major sports such as baseball, football, hockey, soccer, or basketball. Some sports statisticians work for reporting agencies giving data to TV, newspapers, and online websites. Others work directly for teams and make recommendations on everything from hiring, drafting, in-game strategy, and game preparation.

STEM Career Challenge: VR Developer
There are going to be many career paths within VR in the near future. Many people currently working in VR are either designing software, games, or media OR designing the hardware needed to bring each of us to a whole new world.

STEM Career Challenge: Web Developer
Web developers design and create websites for companies, organizations, and individuals. They are not only responsible for the look of the site but also for the site’s technical aspects, such as its performance and functionality. Good websites catch user’s eyes and increase the time spent surfing a site, as well as keeping traffic flowing within the site.

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