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 Increase student engagement with real-world, curriculum-aligned challenges. Online (via spark101.org) or live. Free to schools.

Increase student engagement with real-world, curriculum-aligned challenges. Online (via spark101.org) or live. Free to schools.


SPARK 101 STEM SKILLS VIDEOS:

A unique open educational resource (OER), our Spark 101 program provides FREE STEM skills videos that teachers can easily integrate with course objectives and on-the-job tasks, inspiring students to connect their learning to high-growth, STEM-related career choices.  An independent evaluation has pointed to a significant impact on student STEM engagement. See our complete video library at www.spark101.org.

Spark 101 for Educators:

Our free interactive videos motivate students to persist in STEM coursework by integrating academics with on-the-job tasks from real employers. Companion, educator-developed resources provide the means for teachers to integrate math and science teaching objectives with credible career content. 100% of teachers surveyed after working with Spark 101 agreed or strongly agreed that they plan to use Spark 101 with future classes, would refer Spark 101 to a colleague and would like to use more Spark 101 videos.

“I like that in the video they explain how to solve problems, give you real problems to solve, and talk to you about their job in STEM, and tell you why it matters.”

— 11th grade girl, Dallas, TX

Spark 101 for Employers:

We work with you to develop on-the-job challenges drawn from your high-opportunity careers. Challenges clarify the societal value of careers in your field and provide information about the education and skills it takes to succeed in these roles.  The research-based format makes the work you do relatable and motivational to students, inspiring them to pursue more challenging coursework.  You address skill gaps in your field while helping learners launch their identities as STEM professionals. 

“Our video challenges identify a scientific problem, show how scientists tackle it, and expose students to the careers around it in an engaging and interesting way.”
— Dr. Stuart Ravnik, University of Texas SW Medical Center


SPARK 101 LIVE CHALLENGES:

Live challenges provide hands-on coaching and mentoring as an alternative to traditional presentations and internships. Challenges feature on-the-job tasks drawn from high-opportunity careers and are offered in 4- and 20-hour formats.  Volunteers are supported by customized, ready-to-use materials. Early evaluation findings indicate a high level of student engagement and increased interest in the profiled careers. Our challenges are one of the few employee volunteer resources to embed research-based practices and provide employee satisfaction and student impact data.

 High school students work with the volunteer team from Sodexo’s live challenge, “Designing a 21st Century High School,” during a Spark 101 event.

High school students work with the volunteer team from Sodexo’s live challenge, “Designing a 21st Century High School,” during a Spark 101 event.


 Economic and regional workforce development initiatives, connecting coursework to the community’s needs.

Economic and regional workforce development initiatives, connecting coursework to the community’s needs.

Accelerated Impact provides career readiness program development and consulting services to communities, schools, and regional industry partners in support of education initiatives that motivate young people to pursue coursework tied to regionally relevant high-growth STEM careers.