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2020-2021 ACADEMIC SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAM CALENDAR

Career Sparks has connected with career leaders across the nation to bring you Spark Encounters, featuring astronauts, world-renowned brand CEOs, pioneers in science/engineering/mathematics, international chefs, technology giants, courageous service professionals, including firemen and medical heroes on the frontlines along with some familiar faces including movie directors, actors and professional athletes. 

SEPTEMBER: GAMING GIANTS (9/23/20 @10am PT), NOW AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND

Join innovative leaders within the video game industry that have used their education, training and skills set to build careers in one of the world's most popular entertainment activities. You'll meet the Art Director for Epic Games who specifically oversaw the creative direction for Fortnite Battle Royale and the Principal Narrative Writer for Riot Games who developed story lines for League of Legends.  

OCTOBER: BUSINESS INNOVATORS (10/21/20 @10am PT)

How did a little mouse become an international icon?  Branding is all around us and helps make products stand out and remembered. Join this Spark Encounter to learn about building a business brand and how important it is to evolve and protect it. You'll hear from two business powerhouses including the first African American Director of Sales for the Disney Institute and the brand guru behind the Jessica Simpson brand.

NOVEMBER: SPORTS SUPERSTARS (11/18/20 @10am PT)

Professional athletes make sports look easy, but it takes hard work to get from the playground to the sports field. Following a successful sports career, some athletes have used their expertise to become sports commentators, giving fans insight into each play. Join MLB player Matt Joyce from the Miami Marlins and Dodgers legend Ron Cey, MVP World Series Champion, famously known for being the 5th all-time home run leader for the L.A. franchise and Lea B. Olsen, FOX Sports commentator for the WNBA, former collegiate athlete and founder of Rethink the Win youth organization.  

DECEMBER: TV TITANS (12/9/20 @10am PT)

When the camera is on, TV Titans perform at their very best!  They are the creative minds behind some of your favorite television series, watched by millions!  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!

JANUARY: SPACE SUPERHEROES (1/27/21 @10am PT)

Join a real life astronaut as he takes us out of this world to explain spaceflight. Learn how it felt to launch into space, experience zero gravity and look onto earth from the outside. You'll hear from an American astronaut, as he shares his space journey with you. 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!

FEBRUARY: ENGINEERING TRAILBLAZERS (2/24/21 @10am PT)

How do you think astronauts get around in space?  Are there real space robots?  Join space engineers as they share their stories about the construction and operation of planetary robotic spacecraft...WOW!  Learn about being an engineer here on Earth for exciting missions in outer space.

MARCH: MEDICAL WARRIORS (3/24/21 @10am PT)

Not all superheroes wear capes...sometimes they wear scrubs! Learn about the extensive training and on-going education doctors and nurses experience to deliver excellent health care to our communities. You'll learn about the incredible job tasks these medical warriors complete each day, including SAVING LIVES! Hear directly from two medical superheroes as they share their experiences and journeys through medical/nursing school and direct on-the-job training.  

 

APRIL: COMMUNITY HEROES (4/21/21 @10am PT)

Why are fire trucks red? Why do Police Officers wear blue? Discover what it's like to be a Firefighter or Police Officer, both committed to serving our communities. Firefighters and Police Officers have the most important job task you can imagine...they keep us safe! During this Spark Encounter, you'll learn about the courageous bravery, strength and clever thinking needed to be a public service hero! Plus, you'll learn about the education and training needed to start a career in these two public service fields.

MAY: ANIMAL CHAMPIONS (5/19/21 @10am PT)

Veterinarians, marine biologists and conservationists are all animal champions, providing health care and protection to our world's beloved animals. Hear from two animal champions as they share why they decided to commit their careers to loving animals. Learn about the skills needed to help numerous species thrive in our world and how to protect their futures.

JUNE: FOOD MASTERS (6/2/21 @10am PT)

Interested in culinary creations? Dazzling desserts? Exquisite entrees? Are you getting hungry yet?! This is the Spark Encounter for you! Listen to two culinary experts as they talk about their journeys in becoming famously known for their amazing contributions to the food industry. Learn how they studied, trained and developed skills that have made them the cooking marvels they are today!

JULY: UNIVERSITY TOUR (7/14/21 @10AM PT)

During the summer months, Sparklers are invited to participate in live virtual tours of universities across the country. You don't have to be a high school senior to enjoy these tours. Our youngest Sparklers are welcome to get a taste of what higher education is all about and to dream a little bigger!

AUGUST: UNIVERSITY TOUR (8/4/21 @10AM PT)

During the summer months, Sparklers are invited to participate in live virtual tours of universities across the country. You don't have to be a high school senior to enjoy these tours. Our youngest Sparklers are welcome to get a taste of what higher education is all about and to dream a little bigger!

 

Please be advised that the above events and dates are subject to change.

"Children are one third of our population and all of our future."

Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health, 1981

 

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