Real-World Video Connections

Defined STEM’s unique real-world videos are specifically designed to promote the relevant connections between college and careers to educational concepts. We highlight various different jobs from many different industries depicting how workers are using math, language arts, science and technology in their job. By interviewing a diverse group (45% of people interviewed are women or minorities) with varying type of educational backgrounds (High School diploma to Phd’s) allows students to see a road map to a specific job and the skills sets that are needed to achieve their goal.

For example, "The Wind Business" gives an overview of how the Horizon Wind Energy plans, constructs and produces energy from wind turbines. Highlighted in this video are a wind analyst, construction engineer, and a construction foreman describing their job responsibilities and the connection to various math, engineering and scientific principles. Students are exposed to this growing industry and visualizing the educational skill sets needed to work in this field.

Below is an example of a real-world video connection: "Using Wind as an Energy Source".

Here's another sample dealing with educational concepts in police work: "Math and Science in Police Work".

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Look at the characteristics, causes, and effects of wind.

Guiding Questions

  • Wind is a natural resource that can be converted into energy by using wind turbines. Discuss the optimal wind patterns for effective utilization of a wind turbine.

Performance/Literacy Tasks