Climate Change and STEM Career Preparation: Building a Diverse Workforce


The demand for skilled workers in STEM is closely linked to our country’s economic health and global competiveness. It is our job as teachers to inspire our students to want to solve problems involving science, engineering, math, and technology—problems such as alternative energy sources, climate change, nanotechnology, and space exploration.

Before you complete this module, examine the "Choosing a STEM Career" lesson plan from PBS LearningMedia that leads middle and high school students through an exploration of potential careers in science, technology, engineering and math. How could you modify the lesson so that it would emphasize climate change and careers emerging as a result of a changing climate? Consider implementing the Extension activity where students develop an educational plan. After exploring the resources in this module, are there ways you can modify this lesson plan so it is especially engaging for the diverse students in your classroom?

Finish this module by reflecting on what you have learned and making a plan for future professional development.

What resources would you consider using from this module in your classroom?

What questions do you still have related to getting students excited about STEM careers?

Congratulations on completing this module! You have explored techniques, strategies, and readings that will improve your STEM instruction and facilitate students' understanding of STEM careers. We recommend that you continue to look for opportunities to use NASA resources and primary data to involve students in relevant problem-based learning.

NASA wants to hear about your experience in this module. Please complete the Short Term Experience - Educator End of Event Survey. This survey is anonymous.

We hope you will consider taking another global climate change module from PBS and NASA and online courses from PBS TeacherLine to increase your knowledge about STEM instruction and global climate change.

Global Climate Change Modules

Online Professional Development

PBS Teacherline

PBS TeacherLine, the premier provider of online professional development services for PreK-12 educators, has the goal of making professional development accessible, affordable and engaging for teachers. Our hope is that our courses can help inspire and guide STEM learning at every age and in every discipline.

Integrate science and mathematics learning with technology and the engineering design process to investigate solutions to real-world problems with our STEM courses.

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