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What Work-Based Learning Looks Like in Middle School

By Tom Keily 
This month, we’re examining current research and state examples of work-based learning in practice. To see the other posts in this series, click here. Roughly 90 percent of U.S. parents want their children to learn more about career options earlier in their schooling. Despite this, only a small but growing collection of states have expanded ...
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It is important to expose kids to the wide range of possibilities in STEM. Middle Schoolers benefit from work based learning experiences but it can challenging for industry to open their doors to offer these experiences. Are you successful in wiring work based learning experiences for your middle schoolers?  Perhaps guest lectures?  Field trips?    

In STEMgineeringAcademy.org we focus on exposure to a range of STEM and engineering careers.  Each activity explores a different STEM topic and career.  Most of the activities have short videos with a younger/diverse spokesperson talking about what they do and the background required to get into the field.  For example, in the "Optimum Potato Chip" we share a video with a young female Food Scientist.  In WuGGs to the Rescue where kids design and build a shoe that withstands water and wear we share a video with a young hispanic female materials engineer from NASA. 

Check us out:  STEMgineeringAcademy.org

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