National STEM / STEAM Day arrives on November 8, bringing with it a focus on the incredibly important and engaging subjects of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics. Give your students a sense of what’s involved in careers in these exciting fields by completing a few activities steeped in the pursuit of discoveries and learning about people who are already breaking ground in STEM / STEAM careers.
Find a comprehensive list of Discovery Education’s STEM Resources here. In addition, read on for a host of other featured STEM resources:
Celebrate National STEM Day on November 8th With A “Maker-Minded” Webinar From Manufacture Your Future: Thursday, November 8 at 7:00pm ET – 8:00pm ET.
Manufacturing Tomorrow by Inspiring Makers Today
Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Webinar
Educators have come to realize that the maker movement is not just about inventing things, it’s about promoting a mindset that equips students to tackle any problem. Join us for a National STEM Day webinar featuring award-winning speaker Steve Dembo, who will explore how the maker philosophy is impacting the world of manufacturing; he will also share easy ways to infuse the maker philosophy into your curriculum!
In the spirit of STEM discovery, guide younger students through and let older students explore the resources below. From videos to activities to interviews that convey what it’s like to have a STEM-related career, this collection of resources will highlight the excitement and importance of STEM careers.
Content Collection: STEM Careers
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Assorted Resources
Visualize yourself working in the field of science, technology, engineering or math – perhaps as a pilot, video game designer, skate park designer, or chemist. People with background in STEM disciplines work in nearly all industries and for organizations from NASA to movie studios. Meet people who have STEM careers and learn about their fascinating jobs.
Tap into your Discovery Education resources to find a variety of STEM-based activities, including lesson guides and instructions, for many interests and all grade levels.
Career profile that highlights the nuclear-related profession of a radiochemist and the impact they have on their community and the world at large.
Career profile that highlights a nuclear researcher and the impact they have on their community and the world at large.
After your students have had a chance to learn about a variety of STEM / STEAM careers and to dive into a few specific ones, encourage them to use one of the following formats to imagine having a particular job.
Encourage students to pick a video or image that shows a person engaged in a STEM / STEAM career or environment that interests them and then write from the perspective of someone or something in the environment.
Adapt this strategy to have students create the material for guesses for each other. See if they can compose two facts, one clue, and four pictures to get other students to guess their job or area of study.
Have students create “Fakebook” pages for someone in the career(s) of their choice. What would this person be posting about? What sorts of images would appear on their page? Who would their colleagues/friends be?
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