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CFF_2017_06.05_Stephen CurryAll-star Stephen Curry, of the Golden State Warriors, is a two-time MVP. Curry makes hitting three-pointers seem effortless. A flip of the wrist and the basketball spins, moves through the air, and falls through the net.

Curry is second in the league for most three-point field goals in a rookie season, and currently leads the league for most three-pointers in consecutive seasons. His talent is the admiration and envy of athletes and non-athletes alike.

Youth athletes who have their eyes on playing in the NBA–or WNBA–remain diligent in polishing their basketball skills, and are confident they can make it on the professional level. But rather than try to be the star of the game, one can be a valuable player in a STEM field. STEM is short for science, technology, engineering and math.

 

The growing field of STEM

STEM is important because it encompasses every part of our lives. Science is everywhere around us and we preform Mathematics in our daily routines.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2018, many of STEM careers will be: Computing; traditional engineering; physical sciences; and life sciences.

Being diverse, STEM careers are not limited to jobs as a chemist or physicist, but includes careers in sports. The top seven sport jobs in STEM include: Physical therapist; materials scientist; sports statistician; sport psychologist; nutritionist; engineer; and coach.

 

STEM-related sports jobs  

Physical therapists treats patients by teaching them various exercises planned to strengthen or stretch muscles. Materials scientists studies and analyzes the chemical properties and structure of various man-made and natural materials. Sports statisticians collect information on sports performances, and use math and computer skills to create formulas and computer programs that synthesize sports statistics into new data.

 

Sport psychologists help athletes enhance performance and achieve their full potential by using various mental strategies, such as visualization, self-talk and relaxation techniques in order to help them cope with the pressures of competition. Nutritionists teach athletes ways to improve their health, optimize their performance and manage their weight. Sports engineers design equipment, build facilities, analyze athlete performance, and develop coaching tools. Coaches not only teach players how to play the game, but they also maintain statistics and explain stats to their players. Statistics involve minutes played in a game, field goals made, three-pointers, free throws, rebounds, and assists.

Your chances of getting in a STEM job may be greater than getting in the NBA. The STEM field continues to grow. There are over 400,000 potential unfulfilled STEM jobs, yet, there are only about 600 pro basketball players in the NBA.

By being exposed to STEM-related activities and getting hands-on experiences, interest will gain and having knowledge of the right STEM job will grow.

Invention Education programs

Intervention Education programs  such as the STEMIE Coalition help communities by helping to create inventing, innovating, and entrepreneurial activities.  Currently there are over 600 operating K-12 youth invention and entrepreneurship programs across the U.S.

 

The first National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo held in 2016, featured over 200 K-12 winners from 15 states.

If you can’t travel to a state or national convention, local science camps can help prepare you for a career in STEM. Science camps help in teaching critical thinking skills and problem solving skills.

So, the next time you envy Curry, or another professional athlete, instead of  wanting to be the star of the game, check out how to pursue a job in science, technology, engineering, or math. You may end up designing a better basketball to help NBA players score more points and avoid turnovers.

To learn more about careers in science, or learn which STEM career path is right for you, check out these websites:

http://www.stemjobs.com/stem-type-quiz-main/

https://careerswithstem.com/careers-quiz/

http://stemcareer.com/stem-career-assessment/

 

School holidays give youth a chance to sleep in and enjoy the day off. These are also days when parents worry about their child’s safety. However, Raushanah Shamsid-Deen Hargrove found a solution where youth can be productive and stay active. Hargrove is the founder and CEO of Young Educated Athletes, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated Read More →

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What do rap singer Future, tennis star Serena Williams, and a group of four star struck youth all have in common? They all want quality time with NBA All-star LeBron James.

In the Nike basketball video “Bring Your Game,” LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Paul George, Kobe Bryant, Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving, and Elena Delle Donne, show a few youth just how much attitude goes into their games and how much practice pays off.

A road trip

The video follows four youth, Peanut, Sean, Toni and Angel, on their quest to find their favorite NBA or WNBA player.

The youth need time to learn what makes their favorite players tick. After hopping across the county and spending time with NBA players, Durant, George, Bryant, Davis, Irving, and WNBA player, Elena Delle Donne, Peanut, Sean, Toni and Angel learn a bit about each players’ personalities not seen on the court.

LeBron James doesn’t have a problem opening the doors of his home to the youth, although he’s curious as to how they made it past his home security system. The fab four hope to narrow their choice down of who’s the greatest, and believe that after hanging out with James that his relaxed style will be convincing enough to surpass all the other players they’ve seen. However, when James passes up a chance to hear the latest tune from Future and volley with Serena Williams, his focus and consistency appear to be too uncool for the foursome. Furthermore, James’ choice of dessert is a cake made of Spirulina, Kale, and Ginger. So uncool!

To bring your ‘A’ game, stay focused

The video released by Nike will inspire youth who look at the surface of game performance but fail to look at preparation that’s required.

Actually, if you’re a youth involved in sports and aim to be great, you don’t have to worry about being too serious and forfeit all your leisure time (or favorite snack) right now. By focusing on bringing your best attitude at whatever you do, the results will show.