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K-12 Resources

Robotics & STEM Ed Opportunities

NW  AL  K-12  STEM  Programs

Robotics & STEM Education Opportunities 

STEAM Programs

South's BEST Regional Championship

UNA is the new (2023) host for the regional championship for all BEST Robotics hubs in the Southeast. 


All top teams from local hubs will advance to South's BEST in December for a final face-off to see who's the Best of the BEST in the South!

Join the excitement!  The event is FREE and OPEN  TO  THE  PUBLIC.

For dates and information, contact UNA at 256-765-4680.

Talk to your school Counselor - Enroll in High School Career Technical Courses:

  • Marketable Skills

  • Industry-recognized Credentials

  • Dual Enrollment - high school classes count for college credit

  • Co-op, Apprenticeship & Internship Opportunities

  • Job Experience

  • Soft-Skills Development

Occupational Outlook Handbook

A complete index of all U.S. jobs with detailed information including videos, pay expectations, education & training, growth projections, and more.

K-12 Career Exploration Resources


Games & Puzzles, Student & Teacher Resources, History of the BLS and more.

Encouraging students to learn more about STEAM & STEAM Careers!

Classroom to Careers

formerly Workforce Readiness Institute

Career-Related Lesson & Project Plans

for all grade levels and subjects

developed by educators after participating in

Classroom to Careers (C2C) - Career Education for Educators.

C2C is a summer professional development opportunity for educators.  For 7 days in June they tour NW AL businesses & industries to learn how the academics they teach in the classroom are used in everyday professions.  C2C helps them answer the inevitable questions, "Why do I need to know this?" and "When will I ever use this again?"

Earn 1 ALSDE-approved PLU

Earn ALSDE-approved TEAMS  PD  Credit, up to 56 hours!

Or up to 56 Contact Hours!


For more information on the annual C2C, contact the  Shoals ChamberLook for the PLU & TEAMS  PD registration in PowerSchool & through UNA's In-Service / SMORE, professional development newsletter.

TVA STEM Career Info


Get excited about science, technology, engineering and math & get STEM ready for life!

This site is full of ready-made STEM project-based learning modules on a couple of topics TVA knows very well: electricity and energy. You’ll find PBL lessons created by Tennessee Valley teachers that align with your academic standards.

STEM Careers

Learn more about some STEM jobs that you might like.





TVA Kids - all about Power on a kid-level

TVA has curriculum materials available for all grade levels to help students understand energy, electricity production, and the development of renewable energy sources.


A newsletter (for adults) about career readiness (for kids).

PivotED is  a great place to get a comprehensive roundup of content and news focused on career-connected learning for kids.

make potential exponential

When students love what they’re learning, they work harder, dream bigger, and learn more. Everyday, we link arms with people like you to challenge the status quo, using a Linked Learning approach to inspire and better equip students to succeed in college, career, and civic life.

Find Your Career. Find Your Future

At Learn How To Become's mission is to help individuals find the best career, from the new graduate trying to land their first job to the seasoned professional climbing the company ladder. They provide content on how to write a resume, interview tips, and more.

Alabama Cooperative Extension  System

(offices in every county)

These days a successful job search is much more complicated than having a good resume!'s genuine experts share solid advice to help you to have a shorter job search.

Fun Career Exploration / Cost of Living

tool from Nebraska 4-H.

K-12 Career Exploration Resources

for Students and Teachers

Parents' Guide for Internet Access for Kids

It is a parent's duty to properly control internet access for children to maximize the good it can do while minimizing potential harm.  

Potential is equally distributed; opportunity is not. A major driver of healthy development and opportunity is who you know and who’s in your corner. 30 years ago, MENTOR was created to expand that opportunity for young people by building a youth mentoring field and movement, serving as the expert and go-to resource on quality mentoring. The result — a more than 10x increase in young people in structured mentoring relationships, from hundreds of thousands to millions.

Today, MENTOR activates a movement across sectors that is diverse and broad and seeps into every aspect of daily life ... connecting and fueling opportunity for young people everywhere they are from schools to workplaces and beyond.


Positive youth development research has long demonstrated that youth benefit from close, caring relationships with adults who serve as positive role models (Jekielek, Moore, & Hair, 2002). Today, 8.5 million youth continue to lack supportive, sustained relationships with caring adults (Cavell, DuBois, Karcher, Keller, & Rhodes, 2009). Mentoring—which matches youth or “mentees” with responsible, caring “mentors,” usually adults—has been growing in popularity as both a prevention and intervention strategy over the past decades. Mentoring provides youth with mentors who can develop an emotional bond with the mentee, have greater experience than the mentee, and can provide support, guidance, and opportunities to help youth succeed in life and meet their goals (DuBois and Karcher, 2005). Mentoring relationships can be formal or informal with substantial variation, but the essential components include creating caring, empathetic, consistent, and long-lasting relationships, often with some combination of role modeling, teaching, and advising.

Teachers' Resource Booklets for Becoming Successful in Middle School

Life Skills: Courtesy, Good Decision Making, Study Skills, Emotional Control, Organization, Self-Confidence, Bullying, Dealing with the "Choking Game," How School Skills become Work Skills, etc.

(from Wisconsin Educational Communications Board)

Project-Based Learning

Project-based learning is a dynamic classroom approach in which students actively explore real-world problems and challenges and acquire a deeper knowledge.

Edutopia is dedicated to transforming K-12 education so that all students can acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to thrive in their studies, careers, and adult lives. Founded by innovative and award-winning filmmaker George Lucas in 1991, we take a strategic approach to improving K-12 education through two distinct areas of focus: Edutopia and Lucas Education Research.


To educate, encourage, empower & equip individuals & organization to grow & develop strategies to live a better life personally & professionally.


To motivate others to unlock their potential & determine their destiny.

O*Net OnLine

Your tool for career exploration and job analysis! O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more!

WGCU has produced 16 Curious Kids shows featuring more than 140 segments highlighting: My Self… healthy eating, exercise and self esteem; My Backyard… the world of Southwest Florida from an environmental and historical perspective; and My World…. Exploring the people, places and environment of Southwest Florida and discovering characteristics shared with countries across the world. 

Child Trauma Mental Health Help

Change a child’s story suffering from trauma.

Rebekah’s Angels was founded to provide mental health treatment to children and families suffering from trauma. Through an extensive application process, we will evaluate each individual need, and we will finance trauma-focused therapy for the child. Rebekah’s Angels believes the mental health of our children today, determines their success for the future.

Addiction Speakers List
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Addiction Speakers List

Substance use & abuse and addiction are an on-going, perhaps even growing problem in our nation and community.  We have requested from the community, volunteer speakers willing to come to schools, youth and other community organizations to tell their use, abuse, addiction & recovery stories to those who need to hear it and to encourage them not to follow those paths.  This may be their story or someone else’s (with permission, where applicable) about alcohol, nicotine, illegal &/or prescription drugs.


Contact us for a list of registered speakers. The list includes their contact information, a brief overview of their story & to what size group each is comfortable speaking.


Also, if you know of others in the Shoals community who would be willing to tell their substance use, abuse, addiction, recovery story to others, please ask them to register as a speaker at this link

Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana

With more and more states legalizing recreational marijuana, it’s easy to overlook the dangers that still exist when consuming the substance. Driving under the influence of marijuana comes with its own unique set of risks motorists should know.

Read full article HERE.

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