Tales of a Middle School Student Library Design

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Tales of a Middle School Student Library Design. NSDL Annual Meeting. November 19, 2009, Washington, DC.

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Tales of a Middle School Student Library Design

  1. 1. Web-based Resources Created For (and By) Youth! Sarita Pillai Education Development Center, Inc. STEM Career Exploration for Middle School
  2. 2. <ul><li>INTRODUCTION: </li></ul><ul><li>Education Development Center, Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>Portfolio of youth media and technology projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>National Science Foundation funding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learner-centered – youth as co-designers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The FunWorks (thefunworks.org) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Girls Communicating Career Connections (gc3.edc.org) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Middle School Portal 2: Math and Science Pathways (msteacher2.org) </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>OUR PROCESS: </li></ul><ul><li>National focus groups and surveys </li></ul><ul><li>Youth co-design teams </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Middle school aged youth and staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Design team curriculum </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Career research, field trips, interviews </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web design, dissemination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Video scripting, post-production </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pilot tests and evaluation </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>OUR GOALS: </li></ul><ul><li>Generate awareness of STEM career possibilities and dispel stereotypes about these careers </li></ul><ul><li>Highlight commonly-known/entry-point careers along with other/more advanced STEM careers </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasize the importance of 21 st century skill development in career and life success </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate the positive social impact of scientific careers </li></ul><ul><li>Inspire youth to take action now in realizing a future career, and enable educators to help them get there </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>WHAT IS THE FUNWORKS? </li></ul><ul><li>Organized around youth interest areas </li></ul><ul><li>More than 60 STEM careers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What does it mean to be X? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online and other activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Profiles of professionals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Next steps – where to go from here </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Educator section </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Activities/lesson plans, career counseling guides, other media </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Website: http://www.thefunworks.org </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Cosmetics Chemist </li></ul><ul><li>Sound Engineer </li></ul><ul><li>Civil Engineer </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural Anthropologist </li></ul><ul><li>Graphic Designer </li></ul><ul><li>Forensic Scientist </li></ul><ul><li>Marine Biologist/Aquarist </li></ul><ul><li>Agricultural and Food Scientist </li></ul><ul><li>Atmospheric Scientist </li></ul><ul><li>Biomedical Engineer </li></ul><ul><li>Civil Engineer </li></ul><ul><li>Computational Scientist </li></ul><ul><li>Game Designer </li></ul><ul><li>Geoscientist </li></ul><ul><li>Plasma Physicist </li></ul><ul><li>Robotics Engineer </li></ul><ul><li>Statistician </li></ul><ul><li>Toxicologist </li></ul><ul><li>… and many more! </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>WHAT IS GC3? </li></ul><ul><li>Organized around youth interest areas </li></ul><ul><li>7 girl-produced career videos </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Related career information (18 careers in total) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Companion educator materials </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Educators/facilitators guide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Video production curriculum </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Website: http://gc3.edc.org </li></ul>
  8. 15. <ul><li>Thank you! </li></ul><ul><li>The FunWorks – http://thefunworks.org </li></ul><ul><li>GC3 – http://gc3.edc.org </li></ul><ul><li>Sarita Pillai </li></ul><ul><li>EDC, Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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