Career Exploration Series

Overview

The Career Exploration Series is a group of exciting hands-on virtual webinars for deaf and hard-of-hearing students in grades 9-12. Each month we focus on unique topics that relate to career options for your future and a fun activity. You also will learn which college majors can lead to the career you are interested in.

When you register, we will send a box full of free supplies and materials for you to use during the webinar and beyond to explore each topic.

New Events

You'll see our upcoming webinars posted in this section. When you see sections posted you may register for one or all of them! You can request access to view past webinars below.

Register for a Session

Webinar Registration

All webinars are one hour long and start at 1:00 pm ET.

A zoom link will be included with your kit and will be sent by email one week before the date of the webinar.

Recordings will be provided for people who cannot attend.

If you have questions about our webinars or would like to access our archives, please email us at NTIDOutreach@ntid.rit.edu.


Past Events


Dynamic Teamwork

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What is this webinar about? STEM professionals often work in collaborative and dynamic team environment to tackle complex problems and generate new ideas. Teamwork can be stressful and frustrating when people bring different ideas and perspective to the group.

What will students learn? Students will learn various strategies for effective communication and managing stress to improve collaboration in a dynamic team environment.

Why should students participate? Students will explore STEM careers in human-centered workplaces.

What careers might this webinar lead to? Computer Support Specialists, Medical Social Workers, Research and Development specialists, Psychologists.


Electrical Mechanical Engineering

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What is this webinar about? A circuit is a closed loop where electrons travel. A circuit provides a source of electricity and allows our appliances to provide light or heat or mechanical energy.

What will students learn? How to use a circuit loop to make mechanical objects move around or light up. How to create a pathway for electricity to move and carry electricity.

Why should students participate? Students will explore mechanical engineering careers and learn how to use circuits to make electricity for their toy cars or robots.

What careers might this webinar lead to? Mechanical engineers, Machinery Manufacturing, Aerospace engineers, Robotics.


Environmental Science

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What is this webinar about? If you have seen fireflies during the summer, you might be wondering how they make their bodies glow at night. Chemiluminescence is a result of a chemical reaction that creates an emission of light.

What will students learn? How chemiluminescence can be used to detect air impurities or poisons in the air. How deep sea creatures and bacteria use bioluminescence to communicate. Chemiluminescence can be found everywhere around us, even in light sabers.

Why should students participate? Students will learn how to use their kit to create their own cool blue light through chemical reactions.

What careers might this webinar lead to? Chemists, Pharmaceutical specialists, Laboratory technicians, Biotechnologists.


The Science Behind Theater

Joe Hamilton

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What is this webinar about? In theatre and performing arts, the stage is where the performance happen. Scenic technologies, like projectors and stage lights, help transform the scene from a blank canvas to an exciting adventure.

What will students learn? How to create an interactive theatre using optical technology. How math and science are used in staging productions. What does stagecraft mean?

Why should students participate? Students will be able to create their own projectors to transform their space or create large scale scenic backgrounds.

What careers might this webinar lead to? Stage and Production Managers, Technical Director, Light Technician, Production Assistant


Art and Museum Studies

Sarah McCormick

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What is it about? Museums and art galleries are a critical part of preserving and displaying our cultural history. Art / Museum Curators are tasked with curating, designing, and arranging galleries.

What will students learn? Students will visit NTID’s Dyer Arts Gallery and learn about Dyer’s operations. What type of work is required to design and put up exhibits? Are curators more artists or event managers?

Why should they participate? Students will be tasked in groups to design and build a sculpture. Flex your creative muscles to create!

What careers might it lead to? Curators, Artists, Project Mangers, Event Managers


Forensic Science

Maya Penn

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What is it about? We’ve all seen CSI and movie characters lift fingerprints off surfaces. Forensic science is the analysis of scientific evidence from crime scenes

What will students learn? What is the science behind human fingerprints, and why are no two fingerprints the same? How do forensic scientists work with fingerprints to solve crimes?

Why should they participate? Students will receive a fingerprinting kit, and will learn what the difference is between loops, whorls, and arches.

What careers might it lead to? Forensic Science, Fingerprint Analysis, Crime Scene Technicians, Laboratory Analysts


Architecture

Chris Brucker

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What is it about? We are surrounded by buildings. Each and every one of those buildings holds an immense amount of weight- how do they not fall down!? Architecture is the art / science of designing buildings.

What will students learn? What is the process of designing a building? How do architects design blueprints? How do the world’s tallest buildings not fall down?

Why should they participate? Students will receive an architecture / engineering kit to assemble with guidance from our presenter.

What careers might it lead to? Architecture, Civil Engineering, CAD Technicians, Drafters, Surveyors


Innovation

Scot Atkins

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What is it about? Look around your house and classroom. How many gadgets or cars are new in the past 20 years? Innovation is one of the cornerstones of our society, and pushes human advancement forwards.

What will students learn? How do innovators ‘innovate?’ How do you develop your short idea into a full-fledged business plan or pitch? Who are some successful Deaf / Hard-of-Hearing innovators?

Why should they participate? Are you considering joining RIT/NTID’s Next Big Idea Competition—High School version or do you aspire to start your own business? Students will receive a kit with relevant materials!

What careers might it lead to? Business, Sales, Management, Entrepreneurship, Marketing


Ultrasound and Anatomy

Elizabeth Ayers

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What is it about? Curious to see what is inside the human body? Follow along with a sonographer as they identify some of the basic organs visible via ultrasound.

What will students learn? How does ultrasound work? Where do we use ultrasound? Why is a sonographer important and what is their role in keeping us healthy?

Why should they participate? Students will receive a human anatomy model to keep. Refer to this model when studying for your biology quizzes!

What careers might it lead to? Sonographer / Ultrasound Technician, Nurse, MRI/X-Ray/CT Technologist, Nuclear Medicine, Laboratory Technician


Tasting Evolution

Daniel DiMartino / RISE Program 

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What is it about? Why do we dislike bitter foods? What is taste blindness? How do we utilize laboratory techniques and genetics to assess taste-blindness? This webinar will provide an answer to these questions and more!

What will students learn? PTC (Phenylthiocarbamide) is a chemical, which based on your genes, either tastes very bitter or is tasteless. Students will learn if they are a PTC taster, the basics of the genetics surrounding the topic, and a common laboratory technique utilized to visualize taster and non-taster genetics.

Why should they participate? Students will receive a PTC taster test that will imitate an example of how a scientist might analyze taster genetics. Additionally, students will gain insight into a program offered at RIT that provides STEM-oriented opportunities to deaf and hard-of-hearing scholars.


Script Your Own Superhero

Morpheyes Studio Team

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What is this webinar about? Stories are all about connecting with the audience through characters. In this webinar, we will explore how to create a superhero character through storytelling and drawing. Learn about the different roles it takes to create interesting characters and fun stories from scratch, as well as the process to transform the story into a character drawing.

What will students learn? What does the creative design & story development process look like? How do you adapt a textual script to a visual character? What steps or individual jobs are involved in this process? What are some good drawing tips?

Why should students participate? Students will receive color markers, their own script template, & a superhero template. Develop your own story with a superhero to post up on your bedroom wall! Flex your storytelling or drawing skills with this hands-on creative challenge. This challenges the students to think creatively with purpose and intent through entertaining exposure to professional story and character development. They get to be the masters of their own stories-- instead of experiencing someone else’s or having to work on someone else’s vision -- this is practice in creating a story/character of your own making.

What careers might this webinar lead to? Illustration, Graphic Design, Animation, Video Game Design, Storytelling in any form (graphic novels, comics, film, digital, TV, video games, etc.), Filmmaking, Producing, Directing, and Writing.


Exercise Science and Athletics

Skip Flanagan

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What is this webinar about? Athletes don’t do it all by themselves. Many individuals are involved in supporting a student athlete’s life, and much science is involved in ensuring the human body is well-trained.

What will students learn? What does exercise science mean? What types of careers can people interested in athletics enter? How does a student athlete balance their time?

Why should students participate? Students will receive resistance bands and basic training on how to utilize the resistance bands. Bring the bands home to stay in shape!

What careers does this webinar relate to? Exercise Science, Athletic Trainers, Personal Trainers, Nutritionists, Sports Management


Printmaking

Laural Hartman

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What is this webinar about? Printmaking has been used by humans for thousands of years. You probably see posters, cards, or other items created by printmaking every week.

What will students learn? Types of printmaking used in today’s world, and how to create art or designs through printmaking

Why should students participate? Students will receive a printmaking kit and create a print with the guidance of the instructor.

What’s interesting about it? This is just the beginning! Students can continue to create prints at home or school with the kit we will provide.

What careers does this webinar relate to? Printmaking, Graphic Design, Art Education


Virtual Reality

Tiandre Turner

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What is this webinar about? Many people say Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are the future of video gaming and learning. This webinar will reveal the difference between the two.

What will students learn? The difference between Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, and where VR/AR is heading in the future.

Why should students participate? Students will receive a VR/AR kit. With the use of a smart phone, students will view worlds in VR and items in AR with the guidance of the instructor.

What’s interesting about it? You can explore any world or map in 3-D via the VR kit! The kit is yours to keep and experiment with after the presentation!

What careers does this webinar relate to? Film/Animation, Computer Science, Game Design & Development


Entrepreneurship and Business Pitches

Scot Aktins

RIT/NTID Associate Professor- Department of Business Studies

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What is this webinar about? Entrepreneurship continues to be one of the foundations of our economy. Many entrepreneurs begin by giving business pitches to investors.  

What will students learn? What are the fundamentals behind a business pitch? What tools can you use to convince investors to invest in your business?

Why should students participate? Are you considering joining RIT/NTID’s Next Big Idea Competition—High School version or do you aspire to start your own business? Students will receive a kit with relevant materials! 

What’s interesting about it? This presentation will help you prepare for NTID’s Next Big Idea competition where high school students compete for prizes!

What careers does this webinar relate to? Entrepreneurship, Business Management, Marketing


STEM and Maker Spaces

Shireen Hafeez

Founder & President of Deaf Kids Code

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What is this webinar about? Maker Spaces are becoming popular incubators for innovators and DIY-ers. Gain new skills in STEM. 

What will students learn? How can you begin to create Maker Space projects at home? What resources are available to help you get started?

Why should students participate? Students will receive a Maker Space kit. Deaf Kids Code will share how to ‘hack’ this kit to bring your ideas to life.

What’s interesting about it? You have the freedom to create, tinker, and make an invention of your own! The kit is yours to keep and experiment with after the presentation.

What careers does this webinar relate to? Computer Science, Entrepreneurship, Engineering


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Where Does Bacteria Live?

Reena Banerjee

Admissions Counselor, BS Biomedical Sciences ’17

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What is this webinar about? Bacteria are invisible parts of our lives daily- about 1.5 trillion bacteria live on our skin. That’s 1,500,000,000,000!  

What will students learn? How much bacteria lives on your hands before and after washing? What about on your phone?

Why should students participate? Students will receive a Bacteria Introduction Kit and will be able to test common household surfaces for bacteria.

What’s interesting about it? Have you ever seen bacteria grow before? Now you will! And you will understand why hand washing is important!

What careers does this webinar relate to? Health Science, Lab Science, Biology


Chemistry 

Dr. Viet Le

RIT/NTID Assistant Professor- Mathematics and Science Department

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What is this webinar about? What happens every day around you without you knowing? Chemical reactions!  

What will students learn? What are the basics of chemistry? What are some common chemical reactions in today’s world?

Why should students participate? Students will receive a Chemistry kit and will re-create chemical reactions at home.

What’s interesting about it? The Chemistry kit is yours to keep! There will be more experiments for you to complete on your own time.

What careers does this webinar relate to? Chemistry, Lab Science, Pharmacology