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BACKGROUND Only 16% of American high school seniors are interested in a STEM career, and only about half of those who major in a STEM field choose to work in a related career (U.S. Dept. Of Education, 2015). In our competitive global economy, these statistics are unacceptable. Despite the well-documented need for early STEM career […]
Apple picking, pumpkin spice coffee, and CareerInSTEM fall STEM programs! Summer was a very busy season here at CareerInSTEM, with successful online STEM summer camps, publications, and the addition of over 500 students and teachers to the CareerInSTEM community! Fall promises to be equally exciting. Here is a list of CareerInSTEM programs offered this fall: […]
Educators are an innovative bunch. As such, new developments, techniques, and approaches are constantly being developed to improve outcomes for students. Makerspaces, cyberlearning, NGSS, oh my! While the integration of modern innovation and creativity is essential for the success of our students, it is also downright exhausting to try to keep up with the frenetic […]
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2017 Space Camp Student
I liked the hands-on activities we did where the assignments required us to use materials around our own house to create something to complete the work. I like that type of thing because it’s original and you don’t see those types of homework assignments given out in real school. Also I feel like that type of work can give a student a deeper understanding of the subject.
I am a STEM teacher and love this resource! It provides my students with real life applications and jobs that they could pursue in the future.
I just can’t tell you how relieved I am to find a STEM curriculum like this. You’ve made my job a ton easier and I look forward to using this!
Shannon, 9th grade student
I never heard of a lot of these careers before, so it is cool. I am excited to learn about careers I never even knew existed.
Don, 7th grade Teacher, CT
So often students default to careers they are familiar with. CareersInSTEM exposes students to many different careers, and encourages them to think outside the nurse/lawyer/vet box. Plus I love that everything is aligned with the NGSS. It helps me to view the standards from a different lens and make my lessons more relevant for students.
Dr. Jeanelle Day, Chair – Department of Education; Eastern CT State University
This project has great potential for contributing to the science and engineering workforce, and is innovative and exciting. As a long-term science educator, I have noticed that career exploration is usually the last thing taught in a school year, when everyone, it seems, has run out of steam with the regularly taught science content. Students are left to flounder once they get into college, having no ideas about career options or pathways. The earlier we get the information to school students, the better informed they are to make wise career choices, and pay attention to their studies in mathematics, science, and the technology areas that may affect their future career path. CareerInSTEM can help in all of these aspects.
When I commenced the programme, I gave myself one year to challenge my thinking, change my outlook and choose my next step. This could not have been achieved without the remarkable opportunities and strategic tools afforded to me.