At the end of Lesson 1, your students will be ready for their first Career Connected Activity (CCA). These are called Career Connected Activities because they: 1) highlight STEM careers, and 2) are connected specifically to the scientific learning that took place in the previous lesson. These activities have been crafted to build awareness (especially for unique STEM careers and pathways), identity and to build “soft” skills such as 21st Century Learning Skills.
To plan for this, first consider how much time you want to devote to this additional content. For each lesson, we offer four options, listed in columns as A-D. You can mix and match the options for each lesson. These means you can have some of these activities take place in class and some out of class (as homework). Second, based on how much time you have available, choose one section of the career connected activity below. For every one of these four options, prior to beginning the CCA, first recap what your students learned in the lesson they just completed. This will help them internalize the content of the CCA to improve the positive impact of these activities.
What to do if you have this much time available:
|A homework/ outside of class
||B 5-10 minutes in class
||C half of class period
|D entire class period (~50 minutes)
|Individual students make list of careers and college majors that could be involved with the Lesson PowerPoint (PowerPoint | Google Slide).
||Whole class discussion using whiteboard or projector: Brainstorm on careers and college majors that could be involved with the Lesson PowerPoint (PowerPoint | Google Slide).
||Brainstorm on careers college majors, and school courses that could be involved with the Lesson PowerPoint (PowerPoint | Google Slide).This can be done in small groups, with those groups reporting out to the entire class.
||C & Students develop a series of interview questions for one of these careers. Students then make a time-based education flowchart for one of these careers, focusing on the classes they should take in high school (see flowchart example below).
- Extremophile Biologist, Hydrologist, Mining Engineer, National Park Director, Botanist, Heavy Equipment Operator, Local Historian
- Ecological Restoration, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Environmental Resource Management, Marine Biology
- StoryCorps has an excellent 3 minute video on how to conduct an interview.
Time-based education flowchart example:
This flowchart, made with the free online tool: www.draw.io, has an emphasis in the topics: MATH, SCIENCE, COMPUTER SCIENCE, HUMANITIES.
Other topics can include: ART, MUSIC, DRAMA, HISTORY, etc.