Technology

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.

STEM Technology

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 with technology. Follow along as the SCC demonstrates how you can introduce your students to technology 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.

Technology Focused 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.

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Procter & Gamble

Digital Forensics

Middle & High School | Grades: 6–12
Video Length
4:44 min

A Director of Digital Forensics leads the team that is responsible for responding to incidents of cybercrime. They use their cybersecurity expertise to analyze, interpret, and investigate cyberattacks in collaboration with a variety of other digital forensics professionals. 

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Microsoft

Minecraft Gaming Engineer

Middle & High School | Grades: 6–12
Video Length
4:21 min

Gaming Engineers are dedicated to improving the consumer’s gaming experience through the nitty-gritty coding that goes into a game’s engine. They collaborate with a large team and are expert communicators when it comes to tackling challenges. 

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Microsoft

Zero Trust Architect

Middle & High School | Grades: 6–12
Video Length
4:21 min

Cybersecurity Engineers are tech savvy problem-solvers who have the ability to predict and prevent potential problems before they happen, such as natural disasters, cybercrime, or hacking. They design computer systems that protect a company’s business from disruptions.

ASCE

Drone Pilot

Elementary, Middle, and High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
3:52 min

Drone Pilots are certified remote pilots responsible for safely operating a drone. They are capable of controlling the drone from takeoff to landing, for everything from emergency rescues to photography missions. 

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Microsoft

Gaming Development Manager

Middle & High School | Grades: 6–12
Video Length
4:45 min

The Development Manager at a gaming company works to keep game development on track by providing both inspirational and practical leadership to team members. They unite diverse teams, support a healthy and productive workplace, and solve problems as they arise in the process. 

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Capital Power

Wind Facility Site Manager

Middle & High School | Grades: 6–12
Video Length
4:44 min

Site Managers work hands-on out in the field, ensuring that production and logistics are moving smoothly at power plants or other work sites. They provide guidance to teammates and work to create an environment of safety, efficiency, and continuous improvement. 

American Petroleum Institute

Maintenance Technician

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
1:37 min

Maintenance technicians perform scheduled maintenance and repairs to ensure that machines and equipment at oil and gas production facilities are in safe, operating condition. They interpret data and use diagnostic tools to conduct tests of equipment.

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. 

GAF

Electrical & Instrumentation Technician

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
3:40 min

Electrical and Instrumentation (E&I) Technicians use expert technical knowledge and hands-on problem-solving skills to install, maintain, and repair equipment in workplace settings. Their tech prowess is needed everywhere from repair shops to factories to oil refineries. 

Procter & Gamble

Senior IT Director

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
3:48 min

IT Senior Directors tackle real-world tech challenges by combining expert understanding of new technologies and leadership skills needed to apply business strategies to tech issues. They oversee the Information Technology department within an organization. 

Caterpillar Foundation

Dealer Technician

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
3:53 min

Dealer Technicians ensure a wide range of complex machines and equipment run reliably and efficiently through regular inspection, maintenance, and repair. They are proficient in everything from power, precision, and hand tools for equipment and machinery to software applications used in maintenance work. 

Microsoft

Software Engineer

Elementary, Middle, & High School | Grades: K–12
Video Length
5:19 min

Software Engineers apply the principles of engineering to computer science to create software that powers computers and many other everyday electronic devices. Their expertise in programming languages offers many career opportunities developing apps, video games, social media and more.

Technology Classroom Activities

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

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Privacy and Tech

Digital Citizenship

Privacy and Tech

How can new technology be safely used in ways that benefit individuals and society?
High School: Grades 9-12
45-60 minute activity

Students will become familiar with American data privacy laws and regulations by stepping into the role of data privacy expert. They will problem solve for privacy issues facing a current tech innovation, and offer recommendations for how that innovation can benefit both the user and society.

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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.

(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.

Staying Informed

Health

Staying Informed

How can we inform the public of environmental health risks?
Middle School: Grades 6–8
30 minute activity

Students examine the health risks associated with climate change. They will identify two key risks as well as what the public can do to maintain their health despite these hazards. Students will ultimately create a design for an app that communicates this health information.

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.

Technology Activities at Home

Take advantage of downtime anywhere with technology-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

Creative Chain Reactions

How can automation make a monotonous task more fun?
Grades: K-8
Subject
STEM
20–30 minutes

Revitalize everyday household chores by engineering a simple series of chain reactions that accomplish normal tasks in imaginative ways. 

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.

Lead a Session about Technology

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

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.

Co[la]bo[ra]t[ion]

Cyber

Co[la]bo[ra]t[ion]

Would your life benefit with the help of a “cobot”?
Middle and High School | Grades: 6–12
Flexible Time

Get students thinking creatively about improving their communities using the game-changing potential of collaborative robots. Working in teams, students will create a job posting that highlights the role that cobots could play in their lives.

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.

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.