WVIZ/PBS ideastream, with support from the Broadcast Educational Media Commission, has developed Great Job!, a video series for 6th through 12th grade students interested in exploring Ohio’s many exciting career opportunities.
These videos take students on a "day in the life" of several Ohio professionals. Each video is accompanied by an Educators’ Guide or student worksheets that support further investigation into the career.
Meet Scott Haigh, First Assistant Principal Bass for the world renowned Cleveland Orchestra, and follow his musical journey from a high school student inspired by the Chicago Symphony, to the hallowed halls of Severance, one of Ohio’s most famous concert halls. Scott describes what it takes to become an orchestra musician, and how an interest in world languages helped jump start his career.
Tony Ganzer currently works as the afternoon host and producer for WCPN, but his career in journalism has taken him to some unexpected places. Tony has covered everything from tourism in Arizona, to banks in Switzerland - and has reported in multiple languages. We follow Tony’s career over several continents, and learn why journalists must often delve into the complicated world of finance.
Gina Vernaci started as a temporary assistant in Cleveland’s Playhouse Square back when the theatre district was nearly bankrupt. Today, she’s the Senior Vice President of Theatre Operations - and Playhouse Square is the largest theatre district in the country outside of New York. We learn how perseverance - and an interest in math and finance - led Gina to a successful career in the arts.
Chris Davis is a Plant Ecologist and Janet Popielski is a Civil Engineer at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. We follow Chris as he works to rid the park of invasive plant species, and bring back vibrant native species to the park. Afterwards, we tag along with Janet, as she shows us her work on a natural wastewater treatment plant.
Dr. Todd Blackledge is a biologist at the University of Akron, who specializes in spider silk. We spend part of the video outdoors with Dr. Blackledge, as he locates spider webs in the wild, then, we follow him back to the lab where he demonstrates how to extract spider silk from a live spider, and tests its strength.
Keeping an aquarium up and running is a team effort and, in this video, we meet three members of the staff at the Greater Cleveland Aquarium: Curator Stephanie White, Diver Halle Minshall, and Senior Aquarist Ray Popik. We follow the team as they care for stingrays, dive with exotic fish, and feed sharks.
Dr. Spurlock explains her multi-faceted career as an anatomist, forensic reconstruction artist, and scientific illustrator. She also shows examples of her work and demonstrates how her science-based education and her artistic abilities help reconstruct the past in order to educate the general public and even solve crimes for the police department. A very talented and interesting individual!
Dr. Selig talks about his job as a zoo veterinarian, his responsibilities and duties, as well as the training and formal education he received at the Ohio State University. We will follow the doctor throughout a typical day as he works with both keepers and veterinary assistants to treat the hundreds of species in his care. Two of the highlights of his round will be a routine checkup of a sloth and a physical examination of an elephant. Wait a minute... science, technology, engineering and math... at the zoo? You bet!
Becky Ramsay explains how math and science are used to help her team design, test, and, at times, destroy some of the toughest hydraulic hoses in the world. Two of the highlights are the invention of new polymer materials by the division’s chemist and the curing and testing of these polymer mixtures to measure their strength and versatility. Becky will also talk about her education at Case Western Reserve University and has some words of encouragement to students to study as much mathematics and science as possible to broaden interests and keep school and career options open.
Funding for the coverage of education topics comes from Eaton; The GAR Foundation; The George Gund Foundation; The George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation; The Hershey Foundation; The Nord Family Foundation; The Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation; Staples Foundation; and The Cleveland Foundation.