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Author

PBS

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Engineering

Regional Focus

Global

A Path Forward: Technology and Sustainability

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Synopsis
  • This video introduces students to other young people who have chosen careers in technology, planning, and farming, as well as the mentors guiding the newer workers to learn more about their jobs.
  • Students will learn about the pathway to careers in metrology, communications, regional planning, and farm management.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • Part of the video includes a personal narrative about a student who appreciates the mentoring she received in high school, and the story portrays teachers in a positive light.
  • All four young people are goal-oriented, eager to learn, and determined to prove themselves in their career of choice.

Additional Prerequisites

  • An ad plays before the video begins.
  • There is mention of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on schools and students, so teachers should be aware that some students may be emotionally affected.
  • The choice of trade school over college is heavily encouraged in some segments, so teachers should prepare for questions regarding the contrast.
  • One of the young career professionals discusses his close relationship with a parent, so some students with differing family structures and support systems may need teacher support after watching.
  • One of the segments portrays a farmer who raises hogs for pork, which might lead to discussions about vegetarianism.
  • Teachers and students can share the video on social media or as a link.

Differentiation

  • At one point in the video, a young person (Cheyenne) discusses how she has grown since she began working with metrology.  After viewing, English teachers can have students create personal narratives about a change in their thinking and what events caused it.
  • Career counselors can utilize the video as a stepping stone toward discussions of various paths to careers instead of acquiring a four-year degree first.
  • Two of the careers presented involve the concept of sustainability. Science teachers can utilize the information as a discussion starter in the classroom.  Students can research methods of sustainability in their hometowns.
Scientist Notes
The first few vignettes in this video are not related to climate change, but the following careers are in sustainability. Scientific information spoken about in the program is accurate.
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.10.9-12 Evaluate how changes in the environmental and cultural characteristics of a place or region influence spatial patterns of trade and land use.
    • Dimension 3: Gathering and Evaluating Sources
      • D3.1.9-12 Gather relevant information from multiple sources representing a wide range of views while using the origin, authority, structure, context, and corroborative value of the sources to guide the selection.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.2 Integrate multiple sources of information presented in diverse media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) evaluating the credibility and accuracy of each source.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.1 Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
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