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Using the 3M Young Scientist Challenge and Others as Catalysts for Future STEM Careers

Wednesday, March 29, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

Using the 3M Young Scientist Challenge and Others as Catalysts for Future STEM Careers

Presented by Kimberly Wright, Instructional Design Manager, Discovery Education; Jessie Erickson, Professional Learning Facilitator, Curriculum Writer and Educational Consultant; and Amira Davis, Manager, Community Engagement – Social Impact, Discovery Education

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Did you know some of the greatest scientific minds started their careers as teens? Many were already prototyping inventions that would go on to revolutionize the way we function in the world today. Because we know the importance of investing in our future STEM leaders, Discovery Education has joined forces with global corporate and community partners like 3M to develop challenges that look to solve issues in health, safety, mobility, and the environment.

In this edWebinar, you learn how a one-to-two-minute video could change a student’s life and how you can support your students in their quests to impact the world. Viewers leave with an understanding of:

  • How students enter the 3M Young Scientist Challenge for a chance to win $25,000
  • NO-COST resources are available for educators, students, and guardians to guide student submissions
  • Opportunities available for 3M Young Scientist Challenge finalists and alumni
  • Additional challenges and community activations with Discovery Education’s partners

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to grades 5-12 teachers and school and district leaders.

Kimberly WrightAbout the Presenters

Kimberly Wright is an educator, writer, global keynote speaker, marathon runner, and student advocate. She is a Curriculum Design Manager at Discovery Education and calls the borderland of El Paso, Texas home. In 2020, she was awarded the Million Women Mentors STEM Trailblazer Award for her contributions to STEM education. She is passionate about mentoring girls and women to enter STEM career fields.

Jessie EricksonJessie Erickson retired from Grand Forks Public Schools in October of 2022 and is now consulting, coaching, and providing professional learning facilitation and training. Prior to retirement, Jessie served over three decades as a teacher, Building Resource Coordinator, Instructional Coach, and Curriculum Technology Partner within the Grand Forks School Districts. Jessie is the President of the North Dakota Association of Technology Leaders (ISTE affiliate), a member of the DEN Leadership Council, and an ISTE Community Leader. She loves to learn, share, and connect with other educators and has presented at ISTE, FETC, NSTA, NDATL, TIES, among others. Jessie has been a podcast guest speaker and has published articles and blog posts that highlight enhancing teaching and learning with technology in various content areas. In her free time, Jessie will likely be running, swimming, biking (yes, triathlon enthusiast), writing, crafting, painting, snapping pictures, gardening, spending time with family and pets, and reading.

Amira DavisAmira Davis is a creative strategist with a knack for efficiency and improvement. Her passion for social responsibility, educational and economic advancement, and diversity, equity, and inclusion have been the impetus of her career. She currently serves as a Social Impact Marketing Manager for Discovery Education, where she assists in providing no-cost digital resources to educators, families, and students. She began her professional career as a high school teacher with Teach For America. Upon leaving the classroom, she transitioned into professional sports where she served MLB and NHL affiliate teams in community engagement roles that connected corporate partnerships, fan experience, and player relations. She developed various initiatives, events, and programs aimed at increasing engagement with and impact for communities of color. She’s an Atlanta, GA native who’s always shouting out her hometown. In her free time, you can catch her at an arts or sporting event or enjoying some delicious food.


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Discovery Education

Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms. Through its award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia resources, and the largest professional learning network of its kind, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning and improving academic achievement around the globe.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2023
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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