EarthEcho brings modern-day explorers and trailblazers to students and classrooms with STEMExplore, a no-cost online destination featuring dozens of relatable, day-in-the-life interviews with scientists and engineers from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The cabinet of curiosities–themed portal is inspired by the vast collection of items from three generations of Cousteau explorers, including the legendary Jacques Cousteau. United Technologies Corporation is collaborating with EarthEcho International to bring STEM careers to life through videos that feature a broad range of scientific careers. The video profiles introduce the amazing people who go to work every day in jobs that unearth, study, create, or protect these kinds of curiosities.
Plus: EarthEcho International will partner with The Nature Conservancy for a live virtual event on April 19, 2017. The event, which is open to all middle and high schools across the US and internationally, will showcase the array of science and engineering career opportunities and the workforce’s diversity. The panelists will explore topics such as their journeys to become STEM professionals—what they love about their work, with a focus on nature or sustainability; how they are inspired; and what unique qualities students from underrepresented communities bring to the fields of conservation and sustainability. The panel will engage in discussions and a Q&A with the live-event audience through questions obtained via Twitter and YouTube Live.
In my last blog, we explored activities to help students “frame the system” rather than game the system in order to think critically about the rules that should govern their digital lifestyles. Now I'd like to discuss an activity that helps students develop digital citizenship skills by imagining new technologies. The goal is for students to take charge of their futures by inventing it. Digital citizenship is often approached from a reactive perspective in response to unwanted behavior like cyberbullying or cyberstalking. In contrast, this activity approaches digital citizenship proactively, casting students in the roles of leaders and “imagineers.”