Over at Discovery Education, our partners have developed a robust collection of resources that go beyond stoking interest in specific careers and challenge students to try their hand at tasks directly related to those jobs. In their “Browse by Topic” feature, under Streaming Plus, the content area “Career/Workplace Skills” has 17 different job categories from aerospace engineering to television broadcasting.
Additionally, their STEM Career Challenges “engage students in scenario-based learning” about various jobs like finding low cost and efficient method to filter water and test its quality to devising a plan to reduce the noise pollution emitted from an outdoor concert venue. And every job description comes with resources to explore, the skills and classes necessary to move into the field, and a look at potential salaries, something every student is eager to know! They’ve even worked to collaborate with Gloaballab, a student laboratory that allows students to pose questions and investigate solutions together, to build an experience where students can explore STEM jobs in their communities more deeply.
For a great personalization and extension activity, check out their awesome virtual field trips showing students behind the scenes of huge companies like Lockheed Martin, Toyota, and John Deere, to the work being done to decode cancer, better understand opioid addiction, and keep college athletic fields in their best shape. Ag Explorer has a wonderful Career Finder Interactive while the Tiger Woods Foundation boasts an entire curriculum around college and career readiness. So however you want to inspire students to do work that fits their passion or support them in landing their first job, we’ve got resources that will, well, WORK!