When you ask a kid what they want to be when they grow up what do they say? Often you hear answers like: 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 experience and interests. At STEM Sports®, 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 that, if they continue to work hard and improve their STEM literacy, they can continue to dream big and one day have a STEM job…even in sports.
A lot of kids are passionate about sports, and this 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, 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 and makes 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 Info@STEMsports.com, we include five jobs that are connected to the lesson. The “Forces of Basketball” Module focuses on teaching grade 3-5 students motion and gravity and grade 6-8 students physics. 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 showing students real life jobs that utilize the skills they are learning, it gives them more incentive to push themselves and engage in the 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!