The Career Exploration Series is a group of exciting hands-on virtual workshops for deaf and hard-of-hearing students in grades 9-12. Each month we focus on two 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 workshop and beyond to explore each topic.
We will have a new series for Fall 2022.
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.
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
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
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
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.
What is this webinar about? Stories are all about connecting with the audience through characters. In this workshop, 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.
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
What is this webinar about? From security cameras to doorbells, to automatic home systems connected to your phone, our houses and lives are becoming more connected to the internet. Learn more about these technologies in this session.
What will students learn? What the IoT is, what technology is behind IoT, the fundamental basics of an electrical circuit as found in all IoT devices
Why should students participate? Students will receive a paper circuit kit and learn the basics of an electrical circuit by building their own circuits with guidance from the instructor.
What’s interesting about it? The paper circuit kit and LED lights are yours to keep! There will be additional circuit lessons for you to do on your own time after the presentation!
What careers does this webinar relate to? Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science
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
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Shireen Hafeez Founder & President of Deaf Kids Code