Jump Into STEM!

December 4, 2019 • Local Chapters

Jump into STEM! day allows High School SkillsUSA members to engage middle-school and elementary school students in their district by educating them on career and technical education (CTE) programs.  

About Jump Into STEM!

What is Jump into STEM! day?  

Jump into STEM! provides an opportunity for SkillsUSA Georgia members to engage elementary school and middle-school students and create an open door to recruitment for high-school career and technical education (CTE) programs.  

STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) is a buzzword in education. There is high demand and significant earning potential for STEM-related jobs. Studies show this situation will only worsen unless more people are trained in these careers. One reason for the shortage is that many people are intimidated by STEM-related jobs. What many don't realize is, within the STEM spectrum is a diversity of careers, one of which may be an ideal match for their interests and talents.  

Elementary-age and middle-school participants take part in dynamic and interactive experiences facilitated by SkillsUSA members. These members will experience personal growth relative to the SkillsUSA Framework while sharing information on subjects they are passionate about, including SkillsUSA. An additional benefit of the program is the chance to educate elementary and middle-school administrators, counselors, teachers and parents about STEM careers, career and technical education (CTE) and SkillsUSA. 


How can my SkillsUSA chapter participate?

The benefits of Jump into STEM! for elementary and middle-school students are numerous, as are the rewards for SkillsUSA members. Preparing for and facilitating these sessions integrates several essential elements of the SkillsUSA Framework. Chapter members will have an opportunity to practice professionalism, leadership and excellent communication when interacting with teachers and students. Planning, organizing and managing skills will be put to the test as members prepare to work with younger students. Presenters will practice adaptability and flexibility when facilitating activities. Members must respond to changes in time frame, location, student numbers and more. Finally, some sessions involve the use of computers and tablets. Members will improve skills of computer and technology literacy while assisting students with activities. 

Jump into STEM! Curriculum 

Jump into STEM! is a free member benefit as part of payment of SkillsUSA professional membership dues. Ensure that you provide your current email address when submitting your membership so that you can receive Jump into STEM! The Jump into STEM! curriculum may be used in a variety of ways. The key is to adapt the sessions to the needs of younger students and chapter members. Facilitating one session will start the journey of career exploration. Facilitating multiple sessions will broaden the journey. 

Your chapter may include Jump into STEM! on the CEP (Chapter Excellence Program) application. Throughout the guide are examples of goals, plans of action and results. Use these to help your chapter incorporate the project into your application. Jump into STEM! can be used in any of the three framework components. The correct choice for your chapter will depend on your goals and focus.  

The curriculum includes sessions for each career cluster. Since the STEM career cluster is incorporated into the entire curriculum, sessions focus on 11 career clusters.  Each session is designed to be 20 minutes long but can be adapted as needed. Sessions include but are not limited to the following: 

  • Architecture and Construction: Electrician. 

  • Architecture and Construction: Architect

  • Arts, A/V Technology and Communications: Animation artist 

  • Arts, A/V Technology and Communications: Commercial photographer

  • Education and Training: High-school science teacher

  • Education and Training: Museum conservator

  • Health Science: Exercise physiologist

  • Health Science: Medical lab technologist

  • Hospitality and Tourism: Zoo exhibit designer

  • Hospitality. and Tourism: Dietitian 

  • Human Services:  Market research. analyst. 

  • Human Services: Psychology 

  • Information Technology: Social media specialist

  • Information Technology: Computer programmer

  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security:  Fingerprint identification.  technician 

  • Law,  Public Safety, Corrections and Security: Paramedic 

  • Manufacturing: Industrial designer

  • Manufacturing:  Assembler

  • Marketing:  Brand manager

  • Marketing: Technical sales engineer

  • Transportation, Distribution and Logistics:  Logistician

  • Transportation, Distribution and Logistics: Airline pilot 

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