WGBH/The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers
WGBH/The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers

Spider biologist, app artist, mechatronics engineer. . . Art School videos feature working artists demonstrating artistic practices that students can follow along with. Career Spotlight videos show the variety of career options in STEM fields.  These are just a few of the career profiles found in PBS LearningMedia and they offer a great starting point for a discussion around college and career readiness that can be paired with an infographic on the economic value of a college education.

Art School is a KQED web video series that introduces contemporary artists who discuss their careers and intentions, then demonstrate hands-on techniques or concepts. Art School provides resources for learning how to break dance, draw comic strips, create animations, and much more. Empower folks of all ages to engage with contemporary art, and discover new ideas for creativity from a variety of professional artists through this fun and engaging series.

Career Spotlight includes videos focusing on science careers in biotechnology and renewable energy from careers in Biotechnology – Learn about three careers in biotechnology from working professionals in the field. And careers in renewable energy – From a kite designer to a microbiologist, hear from engineers, a scientist, and a technician working to move the renewable energy industry forward.

The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers is an Emmy-nominated web-series from the acclaimed PBS series, NOVA. “Secret Life” profiles today’s leading scientists—and shows what they’re like when the lab coats come off—showing viewers a human side of science that many students can relate to.

Modeling Relationships: The Cost of College is an eye-opening infographic that compares the cost of tuition over time to employment rates and job growth by education. The increasing cost of college tuition can leave many graduates burdened with debt and struggling to find meaningful employment in their field of choice. Given these realities, is college really worth the price? Have your students examine this topic, using data from an infographic to support their arguments. In the accompanying classroom activity, students predict the cost of four years of college tuition and discuss the idea of whether college a solid investment. They use the infographic, extrapolate tuition costs for their own college years, and revisit whether college is worth it using data to support their arguments.

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60 Videos for Exploring College and Career Readiness 8 March,2017Almetria Vaba

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Almetria Vaba

Almetria Vaba  is the associate director for education partnerships and distribution at KQED.  In her role, she leads collaborative efforts with education agencies, public media stations and other non profit organizations.

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