, Volume 57, Issue 2, pp 54–62

Developing Videos to Better Inform Middle School Students About STEM Career Options

  • Vanessa L. Wyss

DOI: 10.1007/s11528-013-0646-0

Cite this article as:
Wyss, V.L. TECHTRENDS TECH TRENDS (2013) 57: 54. doi:10.1007/s11528-013-0646-0


Student perceptions of science-oriented careers and scientists have been shown to be largely inaccurate. Through an instructional design and development process we have developed a method for offering students more accurate information about science-oriented careers. This paper follows the steps involved in developing a volume of podcast/interviews with STEM professionals and implementing the podcasts in middle level science classes. The purpose of the podcasts is to better inform middle school students about STEM career options. We present the challenges and successes of the development process as well as the efforts to create a second volume of podcasts, planned improvements and efforts for larger scale implementation, and the results from a pilot study involving the podcasts.


career developmentmiddle level educationSTEM educationvideo development

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Vanessa L. Wyss
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Ball State University and Sunnie WatsonMuncieUSA
  2. 2.Purdue UniversityLafayetteUSA