STEM Careers in Amusement Parks (CTE)

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This lesson will allow students to discover the many different types of STEM careers involved with amusement parks. The role of the teacher is to help them visualize the variety of career choices they have in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. If students find that their interests and goals align with STEM careers, they may be more motivated to acquire STEM skills.

Introduction

Many students have dreams of a successful career. This lesson encourages students to daydream about that happy future. Students then learn about careers in the STEM fields, and discover that these high-paying jobs are much in demand. After reading and discussing an article called "Hot STEM Careers", students work collaboratively to identify STEM careers that are needed for amusement parks. Students choose one of these careers that fits in with their interests, and research it thoroughly. They research job descriptions, salaries, skills and education needed, and professional organizations that align with the career. Students choose a college that offers a degree that supports their chosen career, and research course requirements for the degree, as well as information about the college including location, cost to attend, admission requirements, and mascot.

Lesson Times

2 block periods
180 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Engineering & Architecture Engineering & Architecture
K-12 Subjects
  • Technology Education
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11

Standards and Objectives

Standards

California English Common Core Standards (2)
California's 2013 CTE Standards (2)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • identify possible STEM career opportunities associated with amusement parks.
  • create a staff bio page, which includes a job description, qualifications, and educational background
  • edit written information in their staff bio pages, using peer review to check spelling, grammar, and format.
  • demonstrate communication skills by presenting their staff bio pages clearly and concisely, while taking their audience into consideration.

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