What Can a Scientist Do? What Can an Engineer Do?
Back in the 1930's, when kids were asked to draw a scientist they would draw an old white guy in a lab coat holding an Erlenmeyer or round-bottom flask. Guess what. In my experience, most kids still do. It's our go-to cliché. But we don't need it anymore.
STEAMatWork4Kids.org has a mission to take "Draw a Scientist" pictures like this . . .
Figure 1 "Draw a Scientist"
. . . and turn them into this . . . or this.
Figure 2 Virtual Reality Scientist Figure 3 Marine Biologist
Now just imagine the before/after drawings if you asked kids to draw an engineer. STEAMatWork4Kids can help improve the inclusivity of that too!
What Can a Teacher Do?
You can help your students explore the STEAMatWork4Kids website with our Career Quest Challenge . Kids are asked to learn something from at least one page in each of the categories, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.
Or challenge your kids to design and build a pop-up book entitled What a Scientist Can Do. Or challenge them to make the book entitled What an Engineer Can Do. Lesson plans are on our curriculum page. That's where you'll find more ideas about how to use STEAMatWork4Kids.org, including ideas on how to teach kids to interview, research, weigh the pros and cons of solutions, and dream about how they could find a STEAM career.
What Can STEAMatWork4Kids do 4 you?
We'd like to make it easy for you to use STEAMatWork4Kids. Sharon Sivinski is available to present the STEAMatWorks4Kids.org toolbox of curriculum ideas to your school in-service or conference. Let’s work together to stamp out those clichés about what a scientists and engineers look like and what they can do.
Contact Sharon to schedule school or conference presentations:
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Sharon Sivinski has taught students in K-College classrooms. Then, working for the Albuquerque Bernalillo Water Utility Authority she designed and implemented a Water Conservation Education Program that won two national awards: Public Information and Education Award from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies in 2017, and Public Communications and Outreach Award from the Water Environment Federation in 2016.