Greatest Thinkers in STEM

The dynamic and diverse STEM workforce provides students with countless real-world examples of people who look like them solving problems and building success. Spotlight unique space innovation leaders in STEM and empower the next generation of changemakers.

Thinking About STEM

The Discovery Education STEM Careers Coalition (SCC) has released a curated collection to spotlight innovational professionals in STEM working on solving the worlds biggest problems. Follow along as the SCC demonstrates how you can introduce your students to STEM with over 200 resources designed to uncover students' STEM skills to activate future solution seekers. Our exciting content includes resources ranging from hands-on student activations and lessons to the extensive database of career profiles and family activities.

Thinking About Careers

Introduce students to exciting problem solving careers with these curated profiles. Students can go on the job with real professionals working in a wide variety of industries.

Microsoft

Data Scientist

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
3:26 min

Data Scientists use curiosity and attention-to-detail to “wrangle” massive datasets in search of patterns and information that can help companies solve problems. Data science careers are available in almost every industry, incorporating machine learning, computer science, and other state-of-the-art tools.

IF/THEN Initiative

Top Executive

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
3:35 min

Top executives lead organizations or companies to implement their goals, plans, functions, or services. They envision the future of the company to maximize resources and make sure that its potential is fulfilled. They can be true visionaries who want to use their company to effect positive changes in the world. They are often quite passionate about what they want to accomplish for the company.

Procter & Gamble

Scientific Communications Manager

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
3:44 min

Scientific Communications Managers study the science used to create consumer products and find effective ways of presenting this information so that colleagues and consumers can understand. They help companies develop and manage scientific data and oversee the communication of this information.  

ASME

Senior Scientist

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
4:26 min

Senior Scientists are research specialists who work within businesses to support the adoption of new technology and innovation through research and development. They are leaders who can manage teams of other scientists, while effectively collaborating with a wide variety of other teams.  

Stanley Black & Decker

IT Audit Director

Middle & High School | Grades: 6–12
Video Length
4:11 min

IT Audit Directors make sure that businesses are adequately protected against cyber risk by assessing and managing the company’s technical infrastructure and processes. They are up-to-date on all the latest technologies needed to ensure businesses are safe for both the company and the customer. 

Thinking About STEM in the Classroom

Explore timely and relevant ways to connect STEM thinking to students’ everyday lives with flexible, easy-to-implement activities. Spark creativity and collaboration in any learning environment. 

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Product Health

Health

Product Health

How can we develop new consumer goods to meet today’s health needs?
High School: Grades 9-12
45-60 minute activity

Students will reevaluate the consumer packaged goods in their everyday lives through the eyes of a Product Design Engineer. They will collaborate to solve a need in the marketplace using the design thinking process, then complete a SWOT analysis on their product idea. 

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Machine Learning

Learning

Machine Learning

How can AI systems contribute to problem-solving?
High School: Grades 9-12
45-60 minute activity

Students will use the skills of an Artificial Intelligence Research Scientist to help solve a problem in any field of their choosing. They will examine issues in their chosen industry and explore how AI and machine learning could be used to optimize new solutions.

Our Virtual Selves

Digital Citizenship

Our Virtual Selves

How can we treat others well online?
Elementary School: Grades K–5
45–60 minute activity

Students are reminded of the importance of individual citizenship in sustaining a healthy community, including in the digital world. They will collaborate and brainstorm to create a digital citizen “passport” that helps reinforce the need to be kind and responsible members of our community.

Video Game Design

Learning

Video Game Design

How can we design and program diverse video game characters?
Elementary School: Grades K–5
45–60 minute activity

Students use the ever-popular world of video games to explore computational thinking and diversity. They will create custom-designed video game characters in their image, then develop their own original code to create some cool character movements.

Move It!

Health

Move It!

How can students be more physically active throughout the school day?
Elementary School: Grades K–5
45–60 minute activity

Students examine the importance of regular physical activity in achieving their best lives. They will brainstorm activities that increase breathing and heart rate, before finally envisioning a redesign for their classroom that would create space for physical activity.

(Artificial) Intelligence

Learning

(Artificial) Intelligence

Is artificial intelligence beneficial to society?
Middle School: Grades 6–8
30 minute activity

Students explore the concept of artificial intelligence (AI) and the way in which it affects their daily lives. After researching the impact of AI on one career area, they will debate its benefits and risks. They will ultimately apply what they have learned to craft their own opinion on the role of AI in today’s society.

Hands on STEM Activities

Bring real-world career paths and activities to life in the classroom with STEM-related activities that can be used to facilitate a STEM Careers Coalition Volunteer Visit

Packaging Matters

Consumer Packaged Goods

Packaging Matters

What are the essentials of good product packaging?
Elementary School | Grades: K–5
Flexible Time

Discover the difference between consumer packaged goods (CPGs) like food and personal care products, and “durable goods” like appliances and electronics. Students will innovate an existing CPG, complete with new packaging designed to attract more customers.

Cobot/Human Collaboration

Cyber

Cobot/Human Collaboration

Could you collaborate successfully with a robot?
Elementary School | Grades: K–5
Flexible Time

Learn how robots can be used as a tool for creating innovative solutions in everyday human life. Students will explore the possibilities of cobots, then design a unique collaborative task involving humans and cobots working together.

Technology Activity

Technology

Learning like Machines

Middle and High School | Grades: 6–12
Flexible Time

Artificial Intelligence is profoundly important to the development of all areas of STEM. Guide students through a valuable exploration with the concept of machine learning, which enables students to prepare, test, and optimize their own data sort.

Testing the Code

Technology

Testing the Code

Elementary School | Grades: K–5
Flexible Time

Demonstrate to students how computers “think” using sets of precise detailed instructions. Students can have some fun learning about the power of coding by performing quality assurance testing for the creation of an imaginary computer game.

CPG Innovations

Consumer Packaged Goods

CPG Innovations

How much do you care about the packaging a product comes in?
Middle and High School | Grades: 6–12
Flexible Time

Take a closer look at the consumer packaged goods (CPGs) pervading students’ lives. After exploring the various types of materials used in CPGs, students will design a product of their own that is packaged in a way that is both sustainable and profitable.

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Recycling

Package Redesign

How can food packaging be improved?
Grades: K-8
Subject
STEM
20–30 minutes

Reevaluate the everyday products you love by considering the effectiveness of their packaging, then explore your own improvements. 

Thinking about STEM at Home

Take advantage of downtime anywhere with STEM-related activities for the whole family. Find fun ways to engage students in project-based learning and self-guided investigation.

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Exploration and Discovery

Virtual Adventure

How can you travel the world (without leaving home)?
Grades: K-8
Subject
STEM
20–30 minutes

Become a family travel agency and virtual tourists for a day by planning a journey to a special destination anywhere in the world. 

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Health

Get Your Heart Pumping

What physical activity will increase your heart rate?
Grades: K-8
Subject
STEM
20–30 minutes

Breathe new life into daily wellbeing by designing simple 15-minute exercises that help encourage one hour or more of physical activity per day. 

Fueling Dreams

Learning

Fueling Dreams

How long will it take for you to save enough money to buy a car?
Grades: K-8
Subject
Math
20–30 minutes

Stay practical in achieving your goals by thinking about purchasing your own vehicle, and how long that would take you to accomplish. 

It’s a Small World

Communities

It’s a Small World

If all the people in the world moved to New Zealand, how crowded would it be?
Grades: K-8
Subject
Math
20–30 minutes

Explore the science behind community planning by imagining the potential a limited space has to support a large population.

Left to Your Own Devices

Digital Citizenship

Left to Your Own Devices

How many days of your life will you spend on social media?
Grades: K-8
Subject
Math
20–30 minutes

Consider the amount of time you commit to social media in order to gain new perspective on the value of communication in your life. 

T.H.I.N.K. Before you Post!

Digital Citizenship

T.H.I.N.K. Before you Post!

Why is it important to think before you post something online?
Grades: K-8
Subject
STEM
20–30 minutes

Reinforce responsible and effective online communication by creating a thought-provoking Paper Slide Video that you can share with others.

Playing Card Programming Design Challenge

Learning

Playing Card Programming Design Challenge

Can you design a story and program a character using a deck of cards?
Grades: K-8
Subject
STEM
20–30 minutes

Bring the power of programming to life around the house with a fun activity that combines creative storytelling and computational thinking.

Body and Sole

Health

Body and Sole

How many miles can you walk in one year?   
Grades: K-8
Subject
Math
20–30 minutes

Use yourself as an example to understand the remarkable capacity of human beings to walk great distances throughout their lives.