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Investigate Careers in STEM

Students will select a STEM career and conduct research to learn more about it. They will summarize what it takes to succeed in this career. Then they will create a brochure that will inspire others to pursue a career in this field.

PROCESS:

  1. Have students discuss what STEM is. Encourage them to identify things they are learning now-both in and out of school-that could help them succeed in a science, technology, engineering or math career.
  2. Instruct students to select one STEM career that interests them and conduct research to learn more about it. Tell them to make a list of skills and educational requirements needed to enter this career and personality traits that many people who succeed in this field share. Have students also investigate the outlook for employment and salary projections for this career.
  3. Have students identify one or more people currently working in this field. Encourage students to conduct research to learn about these people, major projects they have worked on and the path they followed to succeed in their careers.
  4. Give each student a piece of plain white paper. Have students fold their papers vertically in thirds. Instruct students to use what they learned to create a brochure that educates people about this career. Encourage them to incorporate profiles of the people they investigated to give their brochures a personal touch.

ASSESSMENT:

Invite students to share their brochures with the class. Challenge classmates to identify at least one component in each brochure that would inspire them to pursue the featured STEM career.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON:

Grades 3-4:
Discuss STEM and STEM careers as a class. Then divide the class into small groups, based on the type of STEM career each student would like to pursue. Have groups conduct research to learn more about their chosen careers and people who have succeeded in the field. Then have each student create his or her own brochure.
Grades 5-6:
Divide the class into small groups. Have each group discuss what STEM is and identify different types of STEM careers. Instruct the group to select one STEM career to investigate further. Also have each group member identify and investigate one person who has succeeded in this field. Have group members brainstorm ideas about how to create an effective brochure. Then have each group member create his or her own brochure that incorporates details about the person they studied.
Grades 7-8:
Divide the class into pairs. Have partners discuss what STEM is and identify different types of STEM careers. Then have each student conduct research to learn about a particular STEM career. Challenge them to also identify and learn about three or more people who have succeeded in this field. Then have each student create his or her own brochure. Challenge students to select a design, message and format that will encourage others to pursue careers in this field.
Grades 9-10:
Have students conduct research to identify different types of STEM careers. Instruct students to pick the career that interests them the most. Give students time to conduct research to learn what is needed to enter these fields and how three or more people found success in their chosen careers. Then have each student create his or her own brochure. Challenge students to present vital information in a creative and personable way so others will be encouraged to pursue careers in this field.