When you ask a kid what they want to be when they grow up, what do they say? Often you hear the answers: professional athlete, astronaut or President of the United States. As adults, we love and appreciate their high aspirations and ability to dream big.
As kids age, the answer may begin to shift based on education, life experiences and interests. At STEM Sports® and as a STEM education company, we believe it is important to give students ideas on what their future job could be in connection to what they are learning in science, technology, engineering, and math. This gives students the proof they need: if they continue to work hard and improve their STEM literacy, they can continue to dream big, and one day, have a STEM job… or even a STEM job in Sports. Our company believes that giving these titles in connection to what students are learning can be a great way to give them a tangible reason why they are learning about this, which is often a common question students have during all of their coursework
A lot of kids are passionate about sports, and this number tends to be greater than students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering, and math. By combining STEM and sports, this introduces the idea that these two things are not, in fact, separate.
When you break down a sport, whether it be basketball, football, golf, soccer, volleyball or any other sport you can think of – there is science. This is a great way to introduce STEM to young minds in a way that is familiar, tangible, uninitiated, making them more comfortable moving through the concepts.
STEM jobs are rising at faster rates than any other profession, making it imperative that students are properly educated to enter the workforce of the future. In each module of our STEM curriculum kits, there is a section that highlights STEM jobs in sports that correlate with the skills taught during the lesson.
In our STEM Basketball sample curriculum, which can be requested by emailing [email protected], we include five jobs connected to the lesson. The “Forces of Basketball”and “Science of Basketball” modules focus on motion and gravity (grades 3-5) and physics (grades 6-8). Based on these two key concepts, we offer possible jobs students could have if they continue improving their comprehension and STEM literacy. These jobs include:
STEM Jobs in Sports (Grades 3-5)
- Head Coach
- Director of Basketball Operations
- Equipment Manufacturer
STEM Jobs in Sports (Grades 6-8)
- Athletic Material Scientist
- Equipment Manufacturer
- Sports Physiologist
- Athletic Quality Control Coordinator
- Facility Safety Engineer
By students being mindful of real life jobs that utilize the skills they are learning, it provides an incentive to engage and work hard through each lesson. We added this to each module of our curriculum kits for this reason. As a company, our goal is to help students improve their STEM literacy as well as help prepare them for the workforce of the future. By showing them how they can use STEM to get a job in sports, we are showing a fun side of STEM that will excite students and make them want to continue their STEM education!