Science Buddies Blog (31 results)
March 31, 2020 3:00 PM
As teachers continue to plan for remote learning during school closures, short online projects can be extremely effective. Exploring STEM careers can be fun and valuable at the same time. Read on for suggestions for STEM career projects for all grade levels.
Now that the flurry of the early days of school closures due to COVID-19 are settling down, educators are getting a better picture of what online learning with their students may look like and what…
March 26, 2020 8:00 PM
Turn learning about STEM careers into a fun online or home learning opportunity for kids with a round of STEM Career Bingo!
We've been sharing lots of STEM activities that teachers can demonstrate or talk about as part of remote learning or that parents can do at home with kids during these days of widespread school closures.
Doing science activities can be a lot of fun, but if you and your kids are ready for a change, try a game of STEM Career…
February 18, 2020 2:00 PM
Improving mobility for himself and then people around the world became a life-long mission for this inventor and engineer.
For Ralph Braun, diagnosed with muscular dystrophy1 as a child, mobility was a personal challenge that became the cornerstone of his career as an engineer. Braun's story reinforces the way engineers identify a need and then innovate and iterate to design, develop, test, and improve solutions. Sometimes the problem an engineer sets…
December 9, 2019 2:00 PM
Farida Bedwei's interest in computers started with a manual typewriter. Today, she is CEO of a software company she co-founded. Her cerebral palsy has not stopped her from excelling in STEM, and with a comic book about a superhero with a disability, she is a powerful advocate for girls in STEM and students with disabilities.
Farida Bedwei, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Logiciel, a microfinance software company in Ghana, is an inspiring…
October 21, 2019 7:06 AM
This scientist views seashells as works of art and an incredible key to understanding the past. Although he is blind, he has been studying shells for decades.
If you have ever been to the seashore, you may have walked along the beach looking for shells. If you were lucky enough to find a few, you may have noticed how different each one was. Even two shells that might have seemed similar at first were probably very different when you looked more closely.…
August 29, 2019 1:00 PM
This middle school technology teacher wants kids to know about as many careers as possible. Her creative bellwork system includes a series of daily activities for career exploration, including #TechJobTuesdays, which focuses on STEM careers.
Above: Students in Cassie Nix's Career Explorations class make use of the first 10 minutes of class on Tuesdays to learn about a STEM career.
Cassie Nix teaches at Turner Middle School in Kansas City, KS. Her…
June 4, 2019 1:00 PM
The unique attributes of her autism helped Dr. Temple Grandin succeed in animal science. Her story highlights the power of personal interest and of mentors and educators who embrace difference and find ways to motivate and empower all students to excel.
Temple Grandin is a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University and is a well-known speaker and author about both animal behavior and autism. Her pragmatic approach to talking about autism…
February 13, 2019 2:00 PM
Does math require the ability to see numbers? No! Studying math when blind requires thinking about numbers in new ways. This eighteenth century mathematician developed his own tools to help him work with numbers.
Nicholas Saunderson (1682-1739) was a mathematician who became known for his lectures on mathematics and geometry. Even though smallpox left him blind at age one, Saunderson's interest in math was supported and encouraged throughout his school…
October 2, 2018 1:00 PM
Science Buddies' STEM career profiles encourage students to learn more about a diverse range of career paths and to see how careers relate to science projects and topics they enjoy.
There are hundreds of STEM career paths, and job market forecasts continue to indicate high demand for employees in science fields. Without opportunities to learn more about the wide range of careers and without encouragement to explore careers that may match their…
June 14, 2018 1:00 PM
This sixth-grade computer teacher is helping her students start thinking, now, about the range of STEM career paths available and how jobs in science match up to interests they already have.
Above: Sue Spollen's sixth-grade students do a career research project each year. This year, her students used the Science Buddies website as part of their exploration of careers in STEM.
The Future STEM Workforce
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,…
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