Exciting Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math
WVIZ/PBS ideastream, in cooperation with the Science and Math Achievement Required for Tomorrow (SMART) Consortium, has developed Great Job!, a video series for the 6th through 8th grade STEM curriculum, designed to raise student and community awareness of STEM careers and the college-ready/work ready education available through Ohio’s K-12 and University system.
These videos take students on a "day in the life" of several Ohio-educated scientists and engineers. Each video is accompanied by an Educators’ Guide that supports further investigation of the STEM career featured, as well as a look at related career opportunities.
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.Lesson Plan
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.Lesson Plan
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.Lesson Plan
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!Lesson Plan
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!Lesson Plan
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.Lesson Plan
Funding for the coverage of education topics comes from Eaton Corporation Charitable Foundation; 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; and The Cleveland Foundation.