Kids often get asked what they want to be when they grow up, so after a year of immersing ourselves into the world of STEM, it only made sense to ask the students to choose a STEM career to research that sparked a personal interest. From underwater welders to cardiologists, students were eager to find out more about how a STEM career could be a potential goal some day. While the students were only asked to create flip books of basic information, some students went as far as selecting the university they would need to attend, looking up mileage on how far it would take to drive there, and listing courses they should take in high school to prepare themselves!
To create the flip books digitally, I had students use Google Slides. I created a template slideshow for students to copy into their own Drives, where each slide was the next page in the flip book. In order to ensure students didn’t delete parts of the template once they had copied it for themselves, I actually embedded the flipbook pages on the slides as backgrounds, so students only had to layer text boxes and photos on top. After students were finished with the project, I printed the pages, arranged them in order and stapled. We used Sciencebuddies.org for the information. This website has an amazing collection of information, videos, and photos about tons of STEM careers. The flip books will be included in the Schall Coding Club’s Spring Technology Showcase next week, so parents, staff, and other students can learn about STEM careers as well.
The STEM Sisters are Elementary Teachers working together on STEM related topics and projects.