STEM Video Library


“Why do I need to know this?” Have your students or children ever asked this type of question? The career readiness department has developed a library of videos that relate the application of classroom content to the adult world of work.

In this YouTube video series Kent ISD Career Readiness gets you in the door of a local business partner to see the real-world application of classroom content. Teachers can use these short videos to reinforce or introduce the standards they need to teach, based on an industry problem.  These videos can help them answer “Why do I have to know this?” These STEM Business Problems Library installments cover everything from basic forces and interactions to advanced electronics, coding, robotics, and much more. Email our STEM consultants at for classroom support or to set up time to shoot a classroom video featuring your company.



Talk & Tour Career Series kicks off the 2016-2017 year with a ‘double feature’

Last year the Career Readiness Team at Kent ISD introduced a program called Talk & Tour Career Series that was hosted in a variety of local businesses. These events all take place in the evening from 6:00-7:30 and are open to students grades 6-12 and their families. Each event focuses on a particular sector of industry and highlight a variety of career options within that pathway. The event features an interactive panel discussion where students and parents can hear more about career focuses, opportunities available, and training needed to be successful in different roles. Each event also ends with a tour of the facility to show off some of Kent County’s most vibrant industries.

We are excited to offer two great Talk &Tours that coincide with Manufacturing Week 2016. Join us to learn about how manufacturing is evolving to meet more and more diverse needs in very high tech ways!


Click here to register for the FREE Career Readiness Events! Look forward to seeing you there!

How does screen time impact the adolescent brain?

Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston turned the camera on her own family and others—revealing stories that depict messy struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction:

  • Hannah is a 14-year old victim of social media bullying that stemmed from trying to hide her use of social media from her mom
  • Andrew is a former straight A student whose love of video games spun out of control when he left for college, landing him in a 90-day program at an Internet rehab center

Forest Hills Public schools is offering a free showing of Screenagers that hopes to illuminate some of the struggles and strategies for combating screen time obsession. The film is being shown at Celebration North on September 29th at 7pm. Click here to view the official trailer.



Science on Saturday – Connecting Career Readiness to student interests

Students – would you like to do something fun with an adult in your life?  Parents/guardians – would you love to learn more about your students interests?  Check out Science on Saturday at Van Andel Education Institute, a fun and exciting program for both students and adults where experience “Thinking and Acting Like a Scientist.” Participants in this program will be able to practice critical skills necessary to prepare for their future career: evidence based findings and analysis, critical thinking skills, data interpretation, etc.  Various programs are available for grades 1st – 8th grade.  The cost is $20.00 per team; scholarships are available for students with free/reduced lunch.

Increase Student Engagement: Make Movies!

Looking to do something different this year?  Searching for a way to help your students demonstrate learning as well as practice those critical skills they’ll need in their future like collaboration, critical thinking and problem-solving?  How about having them make a movie?

What’s that you say?  You want something more serious, more academic?  Something that will help prepare them for real jobs some day?  Again I say, what about using film as an educational medium?

Before you dismiss it, just hear me out.  Consider this.  You’re a Language Arts teacher reading Macbeth.  You’re trying to teach your students some of the main themes of the play – like what happens when ambition goes unchecked.  They could fill out some worksheets.  They could write a report.  Or, they could create a movie telling a different story – their own story – to illustrate the same theme.  Think about it.  This utilizes the highest levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy – application, analyzation, evaluation, and – yes – creation!  And, trust me on this; they will be FAR more engaged in the process.

What’s more, now is the perfect time to try out this new project, as the Mosaic Mobile Film Competition is right around the corner.  What is Mosaic Mobile?  It’s a juried, short-film competition with cash and prize giveaways!  The best part is, it’s hosted by local nonprofit, the Mosaic Film Experience.  Their aim is to challenge the conventions of storytelling and leveling the playing field by requiring students to use mobile technology to create their films.  For them, it’s less about the packaging and more about the content.  Hmmm.  Now where have I heard that before?

Their true mission, though, is to use film as a medium for integrating life skills as well as using it as a bridge to careers.  And, no, I’m not talking jobs like actors and directors!  In fact, the organization uses the Mosaic Mobile Film Competition as the “bait” for their Mosaic Film Experience event, held in November.  Heading into their fifth year, the “Experience” is a full-day event open to high school students throughout Kent County.  Students will hear from film-related professionals in industries like graphic design, game design, coding & programming and more.  Last year, Carla Moore, VP of Talent Acquisition for HBO, came and spoke and informed students of all the types of jobs and opportunities at HBO, most of which have nothing to do with film itself.

So, if you’re looking for ways to engage your students with your curriculum and make it relevant at the same time, consider having your students submit films for the Mosaic Mobile Film Competition.  If you want to take it a step further, and help them connect it to careers and opportunities, sign up to attend the Mosaic Film Experience 2016.  But don’t just take my word for it; take a look at highlights from last year’s event.

For more info on this organization, check out their website

As always, we welcome your comments.