K–8 STEM Career Competencies:  Developing Foundational Skills for the Future of Work  Q&A Session Webinar #2


On November 17, 2021, STELAR held a Q&A Webinar Session to engage in a discussion of the K-8 STEM Career Competencies Framework. Authors responded to inquires about use and best practices, and participants shared their own resources and perspectives.

K–8 STEM Career Competencies:  Developing Foundational Skills for the Future of Work is a framework designed to provide K–8 educators, curriculum developers, policymakers, researchers, and other stakeholders with an overview of career competencies, learning objectives, resources, and examples to help students develop the foundational skills at a young age that are increasingly needed in order to successfully live, learn, and work in a world driven by technology—where discovery and innovation occur at the intersections of disciplines.  

This framework identifies 10 foundational career competency areas correlated to characteristics of future work at the human-technology frontier, incorporating what thought leaders in the field believe that successful workers in these environments need to know and be able to do. The framework includes the following ten competencies:    

• Artificial Intelligence  

• Computational Thinking  

• Digital and Media Literacy   

• Cybersecurity and Digital Citizenship  

• Data Literacy 

• Dynamic Interdisciplinary Teaming  

• Design Thinking  

• Systems Thinking  

• STEM Career Development  

• Lifelong and Flexible Learning 


STELAR hosted authors Jessica Juliuson, Joyce Malyn-Smith, Sarah MacGillivray, and Clara McCurdy-Kirlis about their publication K-8 STEM Career Competencies: Developing Foundational Skills for the Future of Work.  A webinar series focused on dissecting the competencies will be held from January – March, 2022.  More details coming soon!   

K-8 STEM Career Competencies Q&A Webinar recording (11/17/21): http://stelar.edc.org/videos/k-8-stem-career-competencies-developing-fo…

To view the webinar from June 28, 2021, that provided an overview of this framework and the core STEM competencies, visit the STELAR website.   

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