Oceans and Water

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.

Water

In Celebration of World Ocean Day, the Discovery Education STEM Careers Coalition (SCC) has released a curated collection to spotlight innovational professionals in STEM working with water or the oceans. 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.

Ocean and Water Careers

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

ASCE

Water Quality Engineer

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
4:44 min

Water Quality Engineers use a specialized understanding of science and mathematics to address environmental problems related to water such as pollution, water treatment, and access. They study the ways industrial and residential water treatment and irrigation systems interact with natural processes. 

ASME

Engineering Project Manager

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

Engineering Project Managers enable Mechanical Engineers, Civil Engineers, and Electrical Engineers to collaborate on solutions for strengthening natural gas and oil infrastructure. They are skilled problem-solvers with engineering knowledge who love taking things apart and putting them back together again.

Chevron

Facilities Engineer

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
4:25 min

Facilities engineers are the masterminds who oversee all the essential aspects of maintaining a facility, whether for planning new projects or improving existing facilities. They ensure optimal facility operations by designing, constructing, and managing all infrastructure components.

Explore Water in the Classroom

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

From Rigs to Reefs

Energy

From Rigs to Reefs

How can artificial reefs be used to create healthier ecosystems?
High School: Grades 9-12
45-60 minute activity

Students will discover how offshore oil rigs are repurposed to create artificial reefs. They will conduct research and create an infographic explaining why fishermen, divers, and others are concerned with the removal of these structures, how artificial reefs are made, and their benefits.

Water Solutions

Water

Water Solutions

How can household materials be used to filter contaminants from water?
Elementary School: Grades K–5
45–60 minute activity

Students get a clear idea of the issue of water scarcity, while exploring their own original solutions to help create easily-accessible clean water. They will utilize everyday materials found at home to create, build, test, and optimize an effective water-filtration design.

Every Drop Counts

Water

Every Drop Counts

How can irrigation systems be redesigned to reduce water waste?
Middle School: Grades 6–8
45–60 minute activity

Students explore the components of irrigation systems used around the world. They will investigate the challenges of different systems and develop an understanding of how irrigation systems can both contribute to and help our global water crisis. 
 

Explore Water

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

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Water

Water Clarity

How can we filter water?
Grades: K-8
Subject
STEM
20–30 minutes

Dive into the importance of water purity with a household experiment in which families work to successfully filter water using household materials. 

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Manual Maintenance

Water

Manual Maintenance

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

Refresh your understanding of personal water consumption by diving into the subject of handwashing in people’s day-to-day lives.

Stacking Liquids

Exploration and Discovery

Stacking Liquids

Can you layer liquids?
Grades: K-8
Subject
STEM
20–30 minutes

Witness the amazing properties of everyday liquids interacting with one another to learn how liquid refinement can be used in industry and homes.

Precision Irrigation Design Challenge

Water

Precision Irrigation Design Challenge

Can you design a system that evenly distributes water among different cups?
Grades: K-8
Subject
STEM
20–30 minutes

Delve into the challenges of irrigation in agriculture, industry, and at home by designing an irrigation system from recycled household items.