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CONNECTING STUDENTS TO REAL-WORLD CAREER PROFESSIONALS.

Career Sparks offers eager young minds the opportunity to learn and interact with real-world career professionals across the country in a Virtual Career Day setting.    

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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.  

Each month, teachers and students from all across the nation join in to hear from career heroes like astronauts, doctors, and artists as they share their inspiring stories and educational journeys. 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

"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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2021 - 2022 ACADEMIC SCHOOL YEAR DEBUT

ANIMAL CHAMPIONS

- 2 MONTH SERIES -

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2021 &

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2021
10AM (PT)

 

Join us in kicking off the 2021 - 2022 Academic School Year with "Animal Champions", a two month series.

Your students will hear from Field Biologists, Zookeepers, Marine Biologists and Educators from amazing zoos and aquariums across the country.  Sparklers will learn and interact with these career professionals as they describe their careers and love for our furry and scaly friends.

Teachers and PTAs can now leave the planning to us. Each Spark Encounter is supported with custom lesson plans, packed with grade level activities, so teachers can focus on...teaching. 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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ANIMAL CHAMPIONS

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2021

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2021-2022 ACADEMIC SCHOOL YEAR

ANIMAL CHAMPIONS


September 22, 2021

 

ANIMAL CHAMPIONS


October 20, 2021

FOOD MASTERS


November 17, 2021

FOOD MASTERS


December 8, 2021

SPACE STARS


January 26, 2022

SPACE STARS


February 16, 2022

UNIVERSITY LIVE


June 1, 2021

SEE A SPARK ENCOUNTER IN ACTION

NOW AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND

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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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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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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 for FOX Sports and the excitement she gets from interviewing sports stars like Steph Currry!

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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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SPACE SUPERHEROES


CAREER: SPACE SCIENCE COMMUNICATOR, ASTRONAUT

NASA Solar System Ambassador Dominique Butler shares her love for Space Science, including Astronomy and Planetary Science as a Space Science Communicator. NASA Astronaut Mary Cleave, who flew twice on the Space Shuttle Atlantis speaks to students about her space journey, including how it felt to be launched into space and experience zero gravity. 

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MEDICAL WARRIORS (PART 1)

CAREERS: SPORTS MEDICINE DR., DENTIST, NURSE

Medical Warriors Dr. Dennis Borna, a Sports Medicine Physician at Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Ryan Grier a Surgical Dentist and Tammy Murray a Nurse Practitioner both from Harbor UCLA Medical Center describe the amazing field of medicine. Learn about the long road it takes to become a medical professional.


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MEDICAL WARRIORS (PART 2)

CAREERS: SURGEON, SPORTS MEDICINE DOCTOR

Dr. Christine Dauphine, Dr. Beverly Petrie and Dr. Gloria Sanchez from Harbor UCLA Medical Center are all accomplished doctors. Their passion to teach and train young doctors in communities that need it most make them our Career Heroes! Learn more about these amazing women in this Spark Encounter.

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COMMUNITY HEROES


CAREER: FIREFIGHTERS

Officer Paul Cerda from the National Parks Services shares his commitment to keeping our National Parks safe. Officers Tran and Harrison from the Houston Fire Department give a tour of their fire station and Captain Michael Kozo from the New York Fire Department shares his journey of becoming a leader within a world-renowned fire department.

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NOT SURE WHERE TO START?

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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