Resources for Hot STEM Careers
Science Matters: Hots Hots / Hot Jobs Articles
An excellent resource for STEM careers in growth industries in Virginia, videos, articles, links for more information on skills needed to follow this career path.
PBS’ Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers
Fun and fabulous collection of short videos on the lives and careers of scientists and engineers. Be sure to watch the 30 second science clips!
PBS Kids – Design Squad
Web based series on engineering for middle school and up. Excellent video profiles on different career paths in Engineering. Also includes hands-on activities for each content area.
Direct access to thousands of classroom-ready, curriculum-targeted digital resources. Search STEM careers for videos on all kinds of STEM careers.
STEM Career Lab: Designing Your Future
A multimedia project developed to help educators engage high school students in exciting STEM fields. Videos are accompanied by a viewing guide and teacher resource videos and info to help lead class discussions.
Check out their “Meet the Expert” section. Some videos and many written interviews with diverse STEM professionals.
This website for the Curious George PBS KIDS television series offers early childhood educators the opportunity to extend the learning of the on-air episodes. Online video, educational games, a teacher's guide and activities reinforce early learning concepts in math, science and engineering. (Ages 3-5 years) Curious George Game Maker | Students | Teachers
Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman
Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman is reality series for kids presents a variety of challenges that participants must solve collaboratively using their science know how. The website offers fun games and activities that test and expand users’ science knowledge. (Ages 5-8 years) Students | Teachers
Ready Jet Go!
Curiosity about space starts very early. As soon as kids are old enough to look up at the night sky, they begin to wonder: what is up there? Is there life somewhere, impossibly far away? Can we get there? Who better to ask about space than someone who’s actually been there – an alien boy named Jet Propulsion! Ready Jet Go! is a kid’s first introduction to space, earth science, and technology, presented in an entertaining and engaging way that will inspire a life-long interest. Ages 3 to 8 years. Students | Teachers
Sid the Science Kid
Sid the Science Kid is designed to further develop children's natural wonder and build a strong foundation for early science exploration through engaging episodes and online resources that explore topics such as tools and measurement, transformation and change, the senses, simple machines, and backyard science. (Ages 3-5) Students | Teachers | Science Matters Video: Water Play and the Brain
Splash and Bubbles
Splash and Bubbles is a new animated PBS Kids series that dives into marine biology and ocean science. Created in partnership with an advisory panel of top marine biologists, digital media innovators and preschool educators, the series covers a variety of foundational concepts in biology that are relatable to the everyday lives of young children, such as home and habitat, physical and behavior tratis and the importance of taking care of our oceans. Ages 4-7 years. Students | Teachers
Dragonfly TV provides children with opportunities to explore science and to share the excitement of scientific discovery. The website includes a wealth of science-related games, activities, and streaming video. (Ages 9-12) Students | Teachers
Students can go on a virtual creature adventure to explore wildlife and habitats in an immersive online world with Wild Kratts. Each adventure explores an age-appropriate science concept central to an animal’s life and showcases a never-before-seen wildlife moment. (Ages 5-10 years) Students | Teachers | Science Matters: Green Kids videos about young people being good environmental stewards.
Since its debut in 1969, Sesame Street has been grounded on a comprehensive whole-child curriculum that supports preschoolers’ cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. The curriculum is created by in-house child psychologists, educators, and educational advisors, incorporating the latest research in child development and innovative approaches in early childhood education. (Ages 2-5 years) Students | Teachers
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!
The Cat In the Hat Knows a Lot About That! program is an award-winning series and website that is designed to spark a love of learning and an interest in science and math for preschool-aged children. (Ages 2-5 years) Students | Teachers
Dinosaur Train sparks children's interest in life science and natural history. As they explore a variety of animals, children develop the inquiry skills and knowledge needed to help them think, talk and act like paleontologists. (Ages 3-8 years) Students | Teachers
Mama Mirabelle’s Home Movies
Mama Mirabelle’s Home Movies is an animated television series that looks at the natural world from a preschooler’s point of view. It introduces preschoolers to a fascinating world filled with loveable characters and stunning wildlife movies from National Geographic. (Ages 2-5 years) Students | Teachers
Plum Landing invites kids to study environmental science through a collection of fun and engaging games, apps, videos, and hands-on science activities. (Ages 6-9 years) Students | Teachers | Science Matters: Green Kids videos about Exploring the Outdoors: Green Kids | James River Ecology School | Explore Pocahontas State Park | Rockwood Nature Center and Archery | Save the Wood Thrush | Boy Scout Plants 100 trees | Explore the Outdoors Event (Save the Date! May 1, 2016)
The ZOOM program and website promotes activity-based learning about science and engineering. The site offers a wide variety of games and activities to enhance children's knowledge and enthusiasm about science. (Ages 6-10 years) Students | Teachers
Kart Kingdom is based on the systems thinking curriculum. The idea of systems thinking is for an individual to understand what the system is and how it works. To be able to process using systems thinking is a crucial life skill for scientists, engineers, etc. (Ages 6-9 years) Students | Teachers
Engineers have led a technological revolution that has improved the quality of our lives, yet many kids and adults alike do not understand how the technology they use in their daily lives works. They are also unclear about the engineer's role in society or even what an engineer does. Design Squad Nation is one of the few places on TV where kids can learn about engineering. (Ages 8 years and up) Students | Teachers | Science Matters Videos on Engineering: Included in “Hot Shots & Hot Jobs”
SciGirls showcases bright, curious real tween girls putting science and engineering to work in their everyday lives. Each half-hour episode follows a different group of middle school girls, whose eagerness to find answers to their questions will inspire your children to explore the world around them and discover that science and technology are everywhere! (Ages 8-12) Students | Teachers | Science Matters Videos: Local Middle School Girls Robotics Team, Techsters: Inspiring Girls to Code
This award-winning series features exciting adventures that teach core math and science concepts. The Super Cyberchase Science theme page highlights resources that promote math and science connections, and The Inventor's Workshop game introduces students to basic principles of physics and engineering. Check out the Find It! feature on their website. (Ages 5-8 years) Students | Teachers
Each episode of Odd Squad includes two 11-minute cases in which the agents investigate weird and unusual phenomena around them and use math to put things right. (Ages 5-8 years) Students | Teachers
Peg + Cat
The Peg + Cat program follows the adorable, spirited Peg and her sidekick Cat as they embark on adventures, solve problems together, and learn foundational math concepts and skills. (Ages 3-5 years old) Students | Teachers
General STEM Resources
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PBS NOVA Labs – Citizen Science Opportunities
NOVA Labs is a new digital platform where "citizen scientists" can actively participate in the scientific process. From predicting solar storms and designing renewable energy systems to tracking cloud movements and learning cybersecurity strategies, NOVA Labs participants can take part in real-world investigations by visualizing, analyzing, and sharing the same data that scientists use.