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Be Anything!/See It. Be It. Virtual Career Days

Be Anything! is an innovative program that propels "Take Your Child to Work Day" to a new level. Help a child in your life explore the careers that excite them through Be Anything! experiences, and now, Virtual Career Days!

All children can be anything; they need only the tools and opportunity to imagine, practice, and become! For more information about how to get involved with Be Anything! 2020, visit this page.

Peoria Public School's Foundation's See It. Be It. initiative brings professionals into K-5 PPS classrooms to introduce them to different careers possibilities. If they can see it, they can be it!

Videos & Related Activities

Be A Podcaster! with Sophie Katz - October 27, 2020

Join Sophie Katz in learning how to Be a Podcaster! Podcasts can be about anything you want. Sophie teaches you the three steps to creating a podcast: writing, recording, and sharing! Make a podcast to teach people about your favorite things and hobbies. What would you make a podcast about?

Lesson Plan Coming Soon!

Be A Coach! with Latisha Luckett, Bradley University Women's Basketball - September 10, 2020

This week for virtual career day, learn how to be a coach with Bradley University's assistant women's basketball coach Latisha Luckett! Latisha shows us that everyone can be a coach. Coaching is about helping and supporting people in achieving their goals! What goals can you help your family and friends achieve?

Lesson Plan Coming Soon!

Be A Paleoartist! with Adrienne Stroup, The Field Museum - August 13, 2020

Learn how to think like a paleoartist with Adrienne Stroup. She shares how she brings science and art together to create amazing paleoart! Did you draw along with the video? Share your creations with us!

Want to learn more? Download the Be a Paleoartist Lesson Plan PDF to:

  • Practice Drawing Animals
  • Learn About the Environment Animals Live In
  • Learn about Dinosaur Behavior Through Bird Watching

Be A Conductor! with George Stelluto, Peoria Symphony- August 6, 2020

Learn how to be an orchestra conductor with George Stelluto. Music means different things to everyone, and each song can have a different meaning to someone else. How does music make you feel?

Want to learn more? Download the Be a Conductor Lesson Plan PDF to:

  • Learn the Different Sounds of Instruments
  • Learn How to Keep a Beat
  • Practice Moving with the Music

Be A Paramedic! with Michael Richardson and Thuy Vo, Advanced Medical Transport of Central Illinois - July 23, 2020

Learn what it is like to be a Paramedic and EMT with Michael Richardson, EMT, and Thuy VO, Paramedic. Watch as they show us how they handle medical emergencies!  Being a paramedic takes listening to your patient and paying attention to the smallest of details.  Can you think of a time when you had to do this?

Want to learn more? Download the Be a Paramedic Lesson Plan PDF to:

  • Learn about Paramedic Tools
  • Create your Own First-aid Kit
  • Learn how to Respond to Injuries

Be A zookeeper! with Elly Cowan, Peoria Zoo - July 16, 2020


Learn how to be a Zookeeper with Elly Cowan from Peoria Zoo. Like humans, animals need enrichment activities to help work their brain and natural instincts. What activities do you like to engage in?

Want to learn more? Download the Be a Zookeeper PDF to:

  • Learn about Zoo animals
  • Learn about local animals
  • Learn about conservation

Be A MECHANIC! with Curt Baumgart, Bob Lindsay Honda - July 9, 2020


Learn how to be a Car Mechanic with Curt Baumgart the service manager at Bob Lindsay Honda! Being a mechanic takes lots of problem-solving skills, what are ways you practice problem-solving?

Want to learn more? Download the Be a Mechanic Lesson Plan PDF to:

  • Practice Using Tools
  • Build your Car Vocabulary
  • Design a Car

Be a Game Designer! with Ethan Ham, Bradley University Department of Interactive Media - July 2, 2020

Learn how to be a game designer with Ethan Ham from Bradley University's Department of Interactive Media! Game design is more than just creating the images in a video game, it's about creating the strategy for how the game is played.

Game designers have to learn how a game works and then they can make changes to make it different and more fun. What kinds of changes can you make to the games that you love to make it more exciting and fun?

Want to learn more? Download the Be a Game Designer Lesson Plan PDF to:

  • Test and Adapt Games
  • Write a Story to Use in a Game
  • Learn how to Change a Story into a Game

Be a Botanist! with Dr. Az Klymiuk, Field Museum - June 18, 2020

Learn how to Be a Botanist with Dr. Az Klymiuk, a Collections Manager of Paleobotany at the Field Museum. Paleobotany is the study of fossilized plants, and botany is the study of plant life in a specific region.  What kinds of trees, plants, and fungi can you identify in your neighborhood?

Want to learn more? Download the Be a Botanist Lesson Plan PDF to:

  • Do a Plant Scavenger Hunt
  • Start a Plant Journal
  • Dissect a Plant

Be a Doctor! with medical student Matthew - June 11, 2020

A doctor’s job is to diagnose, which means figuring out why you’re sick so we can treat you.

Want to learn more? Download the Be a Doctor Lesson Plan PDF to:

  • Learn About the Human Body
  • Learn About Tools Doctors Use
  • Learn how to Treat Someone

Be a Museum Curator! with Lottie Fiddes, Peoria Riverfront Museum - June 4, 2020

Museum curators are the "keepers of history!" They take care of artwork and historical artifacts and create exhibitions with these objects and the stories that go along with them.

Want to learn more? Download the Be a Museum Curator PDF to:

  • Curate an Art Exhibit
  • Curate a History Exhibit
  • Work in a Team to Turn a Collection into an Exhibit

Be a Counselor! with Derek Booth, Peoria Public Schools - May 28, 2020

Helping professions include doctors, teachers, counselors, and more! They use active listening to help others. How can you help the people in your life?

Want to learn more? Download the Be a Counselor Lesson Plan PDF to:

  • Practice Becoming A Good Listener
  • Learn About Your Own Emotions
  • Identify and Recommend Actions to Help Someone Else

Be a Graphic Designer! with Chelsie, Lettering Works - May 21, 2020

Much of what you see around you is a product of graphic design. Graphic Designers create advertisements, stickers, logos, and much more for many organizations!

Want to learn more? Download the Be a Graphic Designer PDF to:

  • Create a Logo
  • Make a Poster
  • Learn how to Read a Graphic

Be a News Reporter! with Shelbey Roberts, WMBD - May 14, 2020

News Reporters report what is happening around the world. They investigate and inform us about significant events!

Want to learn more? Download the Be a News Reporter PDF lesson plans to:

  • Conduct an Interview
  • Write an Article
  • Report on an Event

Be an Engineer! with Greg, Caterpillar,INC. May 7, 2020

Engineers are makers and innovators! They both design and create new and complex structures.

Want to learn more? Download the Be an Engineer Lesson Plan PDF to:

  • Experiment with Tools to Solve a Problem
  • Practice Problem Solving
  • Celebrate Failure

Be a Librarian! with Alissa, Morton Public Libraries April 30, 2020

Librarians keep library collections in order and help you find library resources through finding aids. A finding aid helps you recall where you put things!

Want to learn more? Download the Be a Librarian Lesson Plan PDF to:

  • Learn How to Use Library Resources
  • Create a List of Books
  • Organize and Categorize Books

Be Anything! Take Your Child to Work Day Virtual Career Panel - April 24, 2020

This career panel featured 4 local professionals, and kicked off our series of Virtual Career Day Videos. Kids had the chance to ask questions and to learn about what it takes to be a professional in that field.

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