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CONNECTING STUDENTS TO REAL-WORLD CAREER PROFESSIONALS.

Career Sparks offers eager young minds the opportunity to learn and directly interact with real-world career professionals in an exciting virtual encounter. 

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FOSTERING CAREER EXPLORATION

Career Sparks connects students with career professionals in a fun virtual setting called Spark Encounters. Whether it be distance learning, a hybrid model or traditional classroom settings, Career Sparks meets students in their space.  

In just 40 minutes, students interact and hear from career heroes like astronauts, doctors, or artists as they share their inspiring stories and educational journeys, along with the skills and training they've mastered along the way. Can't make the Live Spark Encounter? No worries! On-Demand Spark Encounters are available 24/7 on your schedule!

 

 

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""Are there lessons or solutions in video games?""

Sparkler Student Question, 2nd grade
Answered by Graham McNeill, Principal Narrative Writer at Riot Games

"What advice would you give your students when they experience hardship in something they love doing?"

Sparkler Teacher Question, 3rd grade
Answered by Simon T. Bailey, First African American Director of Sales for the Disney Institute

"Who inspired you to do your job and do you travel around the world?"

Sparkler Student Question, 3rd grade
Answered by Norma Rener, Brand Executive and Fashion Powerhouse for the Jessica Simpson Brand

"From the time you create your characters, how long does it take to animate them?"

Sparkler Student Question, 4th grade
Answered by Patrick Murphy, Art Director of Fortnite at Epic Games

"My 3rd-grade class had an amazing time today. When I talked with students after the meeting, they could not contain their excitement. The presenters answered their live questions and even chatted with them! This program is a MUST for all schools! Thank you so much for putting together such an engaging and dynamic program."

Teacher Mrs. Tiffany Benitez
Braddock Elementary, 3rd grade

"I tried introducing my kids to biographies of inventors and thinkers in hopes of planting seeds, but sadly, these books remained shelved. Two sessions of Career Sparks and my son is talking nonstop about how this person did this and this person thought that. It makes a huge difference to actually hear in person (virtually) at this age. Also, the access my son is able to have to people he would otherwise not be able to meet is truly brilliant. "

Parent Kateri Wang
Mom to 3rd grader and 6th grader

CAREER SPARKS IS IN THE NEWS!

Students, teachers and supporters across the country are becoming Sparklers! Check out what the buzz is all about and why educators are bringing Virtual Career Days to their classrooms. 

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SPACE SUPERHEROES

-TWO MONTH SERIES-


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27TH, 10AM (PT)
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH, 10AM (PT)

CAREER FOCUS: SPACE SCIENCE COMMUNICATOR & ASTRONAUT

During this two month series, your imagination is going to be taken out of this world as you meet two Space Superheroes from NASA. First you'll hear from a NASA Solar System Ambassador, a pioneer leading the way for students to learn more about Space Science, including Astronomy, Planetary Science & Space Communications. Next, you'll get to meet a real life astronaut and hear them explain spaceflight. Learn how it felt to launch into space, experience zero gravity, and look onto earth from the outside. Students are invited to ask questions directly to these Space Superheroes in this interactive virtual encounter.

SPACE SCIENCE COMMUNICATOR

Join NASA Solar System Ambassador Dominique Butler as she shares her journey of pursuing a career as a Space Science Communicator. Dominique is actively involved in educational outreach with space science organizations to bring her love for astronomy to students here on Earth!

ASTRONAUT

Meet a real life NASA Astronaut as they share their space journey with you and explain how it fees to be launched and live in space! Learn about the education, training, and skills needed to become an astronaut, including the ability to NOT get motion sickness or be afraid of heights! 

These Live Spark Encounters are supported with full lesson plans, packed with activities custom made for these encounters. Sign up for our FREE 14 day trial by clicking below or if you're already a member, register your class today!

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SPACE SUPERHEROES BEGINS

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TV TITANS

CAREER: ACTOR

When the camera is on, TV Titans perform at their very best! During this Spark Encounter you'll learn just what it takes to bring a character to life by the amazing art of acting. Don't miss this opportunity to learn all about being an actor for the iconic studio Disney and what it feels like to have fans world-wide!

 

 

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SPORTS SUPERSTARS

CAREER: SPORTS COMMENTATOR

Professional athletes make sports look easy, like Miami Marlin Matt Joyce and Dodger Legend Ron Cey who share their experiences and journeys through MLB. Lea B. Olsen, an athlete herself will also share what it's like to be a professional sports commentator and the excitement she gets from interviewing sports stars like Steph Currry!

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BUSINESS INNOVATORS

CAREER: BRAND MANAGER

Featuring two brand thought leaders Simon T. Bailey, the first African American Director of Sales for the Disney Institute, and Norma Rener, brand executive and fashion powerhouse for the Jessica Simpson brand. You'll learn what it takes to develop, build, and manage brands that are known world-wide.


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GAMING GIANTS

CAREERS: ART DIRECTOR, WRITER

Innovative video game leaders Patrick Murphy - Art Director for Epic Games (Fortnite Battle Royale) and Graham McNeill - Principal Narrative Writer for Riot Games shared their interests, passions and journeys within one of the world's most popular entertainment activities.  



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LIVE SPARK ENCOUNTERS
-PROGRAM CALENDAR-

2020-2021 ACADEMIC SCHOOL YEAR

GAMING GIANTS

September 23, 2020

 

BUSINESS INNOVATORS

October 21, 2020

SPORTS SUPERSTARS

November 18, 2020

TV TITANS

December 9, 2020

SPACE SUPERHEROES

January 27, 2021

MEDICAL WARRIORS

March 24, 2021

COMMUNITY HEROES

April 21, 2021

FOOD MASTERS

June 2, 2021

UNIVERSITY LIVE

July 14, 2021

UNIVERSITY LIVE

August 4, 2021

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Check out this step-by-step guide on how to participate in a Live Spark Encounter.

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STUDENT

Have the flexibility to connect individually on your own schedule...at home, with friends or on the go. You decide when and where!

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TEACHER

Bring career heroes virtually into your classroom with consistent, turnkey programming, customizable for small groups or full-class participation.

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YOUTH ORGANIZATION

Build career aspirations within your organization by giving your group the opportunity to connect with career professionals. 

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SPARKLER SUPPORTER

Be the spark in young lives by helping students explore their futures! Contribute to building community.

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"The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows"

- Sydney J. Harris

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