Reaching and Engaging a Range of Students
To date, we have partnered with 150 public and private employers and engaged more than 2,000 educators to connect classroom learning to careers for more than 400,000 students. As a result, more than 130,000 students changed their plans to incorporate more challenging high school coursework, and 75,000 students are newly considering high-skills, high-opportunity careers, mostly in STEM fields - all while maintaining the high-interest of those already committed to STEM careers.
Spark 101 Interactive STEM Videos
An independent evaluation found that students increased their STEM career awareness and skills after using the Spark 101 Interactive STEM Videos. The videos had the largest impact on STEM engagement among students who previously had little understanding of or interest in STEM pathways:
- 50% of disengaged students newly understood the relevance of their STEM coursework to their lives
- 33% of disengaged students were now interested in STEM courses and careers
- 50% of disengaged students planned to take more STEM courses
Also, 80 percent of students wanted teachers to integrate more video challenges into classwork and wanted employers to provide more challenges. For the complete evaluation, see “Using STEM Case Studies to Prepare Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s Jobs: An Evaluation of Spark 101 Interactive STEM Videos.”
“Developing a case-study video with Spark 101 lets us build our talent pathway by promoting STEM careers to thousands of students worldwide.”
—Michelle Unser, Engineering STEM Outreach Lead, Caterpillar Inc.
“The Spark 101 videos make math word problems much less cryptic. Even my students with language challenges improved due to the increase in math literacy.”
—Susan Patterson, Algebra 2 and Pre-Calculus Teacher, Uplift Summit International Preparatory, Arlington, Texas
114th Professional Challenges
Our 114th Professional Challenges have connected more than 10,000 students to employee volunteers and mentors. Early findings indicate a high level of student engagement, more interest in the careers, and more plans to take related courses. Teachers report that they value the authenticity of the challenges, students report that they are more interested in the careers, and volunteers report that the simple design builds student awareness and motivation about the careers.
As of December 2015, this Sodexo video had reached more than 8,000 students. The company expects to reach 10,000 more in 2016.
“The 114th Partnership® gives employers critical insights into how they can collaborate more effectively with educators to prepare students for careers that excite them.”
—Scott Loretan, Senior Vice President, Sodexo