From marine sciences to engineering, environmental youth leadership organization EarthEcho International and United Technologies Corp. (UTC) are giving a new generation of aspiring professionals an exciting look into the real-world of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers through a series of livevirtual events. With a focus on women in STEM, a diverse group of 19 working scientists and engineers will share their insights and personal stories with students and afterschool programs through “Virtual Career Connections” as part of EarthEcho’s STEMExplore initiative. Sponsored by UTC, STEMExplore highlights relatable voices and life experiences to make STEM careers come alive through interactive videos, resources, and live events. The 19 STEMExplore mentors represent a broad range of professional and personal experiences, areas of expertise, and leading organizations operating in STEM fields today. The STEMExplore 2019 Virtual Career Connections kicked off on October 8 and will run through December 19; the full schedule and signup details are available on the EarthEcho International website.
The Charles Stewart Mott (CSM) Foundation offers Graduating High School College & Career Ready grants to increase high school graduation and college and career readiness outcomes for students, particularly those in low-income communities.
In 2017 philanthropists, state leaders, and curriculum writers formed OpenSciEd to get materials to teachers implementing the Next Generation Science Standards, which emphasize hands-on projects and integrate several scientific disciplines.
An esports league has launched a free high school curriculum to help teachers use gaming to boost student learning. Gaming Concepts, from the High School Esports League (HSEL), was written as a turnkey curriculum that almost anyone with even rudimentary computer skills can teach.