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Do you know about the technology that firefighters use every day? Explore this unlikely STEM Career with your students by downloading this free lesson plan PDF from Ellipsis Education.
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In Firefighter, students will participate in an activity where they observe different technologies used by firefighters and reflect on how these technologies have enhanced the role of a firefighter as well as the lives of others. This STEM Career lesson is built for grades K – 2 . The lesson plan PDF includes links to the appropriate materials and resources, a detailed procedure, activity tips, and a bonus challenge activity.
Discover how firefighters use STEM skills! Download this free STEM Career lesson built for grades K-2. Receive a lesson plan PDF for you to use in your classroom.
This lesson represents Ellipsis Education Computer Science Foundations courses, made for grades K-2. Engage your students with courses that fuel their interest. The STEM career lessons introduce various roles within science, technology, engineering, and math. Our STEM career lessons highlight how computer science is used within each career. Learn more about each Computer Science Foundations course below.
Explore foundational computer science skills. Learn programming concepts including algorithms, loops, and debugging. Discuss internet safety, growth mindset, respecting differences, and STEM careers.
Acquire foundational coding skills with free play and criteria-driven exploration. Review loops, triggering blocks, and debugging. Discuss self-monitoring screen time, giving peer feedback, and STEM careers.
Expand knowledge of foundational computer science skills and apply to progressively challenging projects. Discuss strategies to keep information safe and how modern technology has changed the way we live.
Computer science is a part of our daily lives. As a result, students are challenged to navigate a complicated technological landscape that requires very specific skills. On a professional level, companies are recruiting for computer science careers in cloud computing, app development, and statistical analysis. On an individual level, computational thinking, problem solving, and relationship building are all deeply influenced by computer science. This understanding of computer science jobs leads to much broader applications. Anyone that uses technology to solve problems can be considered a computer scientist!
Introducing computer science in the K-12 experience opens doors for students to pursue computer science majors in college. Beyond the obvious concentration in computer science, there are many related areas of study like computer information systems, information technology, computer software and applications, and computer systems networking. Even non-STEM majors, like business, biology, and English use technology constantly to communicate ideas.
Likewise, computer science skills taught in K-12 can be applied directly to any career students pursue after high school. Computational thinking, problem solving, and teamwork can be applied in trades (like electrician, plumber, and HVAC) and other positions (like retail, restaurants, and reception).
Ellipsis Education spotlights the many forms of computer science careers in our Confidence Builders Series. In these interviews, hear from professionals, students, and teachers as they share how they built confidence in their computer science skills. Two particularly interesting interviews include Will Muto, a Product Technical Director at Industrial Light and Magic, who worked on Star Wars films, and Alia Enos, Software Developer II at 343 Industries, who works on the Halo video game series.