Exploring careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
The IB (International Baccalaureate) biology class at Charlottetown Rural High School is helping fellow students explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers through a new website.
This project is one of 11 national finalists in Samsung’s Solve For Tomorrow contest.
The website, created by the students, lists jobs related to Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Computer Science, and Math. Details include:
- Average salary
- Education required
- Skills required
- Job availability
- Typical day on the job
To find that information, students investigated sources such as Service Canada, Statistics Canada, Holland College, and UPEI.
The website also features brain games meant to spark interest in those careers. “We want to instill a greater interest in youth about science careers,” says Patricia Shields, IB Teacher Advisor.
“The challenge is to show youth how they can study and work on PEI. We also want to show the potential that more local STEM companies can attract a larger workforce here. Along with introducing the website, the class also hosted a day of science experiments with junior high kids.”
As a finalist, the school will be given new technology worth $20,000. The top two winners get $50,000 and will be featured in a video with YouTube stars Mitch Moffitt and Greg Brown of AsapScience.
Students’ career choices
Grade 11 IB students Tristan Atkins, Asia MacMillan and Clair Auld were impressed by their class’s research.
“Both UPEI and Holland College offer good STEM courses, and it’s great that Atlantic Veterinary College is nearby,” says Tristan. “It’s good to see these programs are attracting international students who may choose to stay to work on PEI.” She is thinking of being either a veterinarian or pursuing a career in chemistry or biology. “I like to keep my options open.”
“I’m thinking about either biology or chemistry,” Clair says. “I like chemistry because I enjoy seeing how materials react when they are mixed together.”
“At first, I wanted to be a vet because I’m interested in animal health,” Asia says. “Now I’m getting more interested in human health. I see cancer as a huge problem and I’m thinking of a career in radiation therapy.”
Grace MacFadyen, grade seven student at East Wiltshire Intermediate School, recently participated in the Science Fair. “So far this year, we have studied animal and plant cells and we have lab work which I really like,” says Grace. “I see science in my future, maybe as a researcher or scientist or doctor. I want to see how our everyday products lead to bad chemicals in your body. In the olden days people used home remedies and I want to go back to that.”
My Plan – Guide for PEI high school students: What is included in Designing myBlueprint
“Building the future you want is the focus of the planner,” says Kathy McDonald, Student Success and Transition Specialist. “Students will be walked through a series of exercises and experiences both in the classroom and in the community to help them answer questions such as:
- What am I good at and what do I care about?
- What high school courses allow me to explore my interests?
- What kinds of jobs or occupations interest me?
- What courses and community learning experiences will help me reach my goals?
- What is my action plan?
“Key tools and plans need to be in place for the transition from grade nine to high school to post- secondary, and it can be a scary time for students and parents. We are investing time and resources to help each student and their parents/guardians find answers and have job search tools.”
Areas of focus within myBlueprint
- Goal setting
- Resumé and cover letter development
- High school course planning
- Post-secondary planning
- Exploring interests & learning styles
- Financial planning
- Occupational planning
- Portfolio development
myBlueprint is the easiest way to plan your education and career.
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