Students Go Behind the Scenes at the CMA Awards to Discover the Power of STEAM in Virtual Field Trip from Discovery Education & the Country Music Association

The Country Music Association and Discovery Education today announced a new virtual experience from their Working In Harmony: Every Voice is Instrumental educational initiative. Country Music’s Biggest Night: STEAM Takes the Spotlight Virtual Field Trip shows students in grades 6-12 how science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) drive innovation in Country Music.

Premiering February 16th at 1 PM ET and available on-demand, this first-of-its-kind experience takes students behind the scenes of a major music event to discover the processes and people that make the televised production seem effortless. Students will meet the various STEAM professionals with diverse skills and backgrounds that help make Country Music’s Biggest Night™ a reality. By introducing students to critical behind-the-scenes professions, which include stage management, hair and makeup, production, and security, the Country Music’s Biggest Night: STEAM Takes the Spotlight Virtual Field Trip pulls back the curtain on the CMA Awards, the longest-running annual music awards program on network television. Learn more and register here.

“STEAM is incredibly important to the arts, including the Country Music industry,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “In partnership with Discovery Education, students now have a one-of-a-kind glimpse into the exciting inner workings of Country Music’s Biggest Night™ that shows both how a production of this magnitude comes together and the talented people behind the scenes that make it happen. Our hope is for students to see themselves in these roles, inspiring their ambitions beyond the classroom.”

An accompanying educator guide and multiple classroom activities provide teachers with materials and activities for before, during, and after the virtual field trip. This virtual field trip (VFT) is part of Working in Harmony: Every Voice is Instrumental, an educational initiative targeting students and educators in grades 3-12. Through this initiative, students receive a suite of no-cost digital resources that help them learn about the many career opportunities offered within the Country Music industry. Working in Harmony also includes multiple types of standards-aligned resources that demonstrate how Country Music is driven by bold ideas and a wide variety of unique STEAM careers and diverse professionals.
“We know educators are always looking for fun and relatable ways to connect what they teach to the real world. We also know that students love to explore their career interests through ‘real life’ examples. This new virtual field trip taking students behind-the-scenes of the CMA Awards provides teachers ready-to-use resources and engaging, on-demand digital content to explore how STEAM is changing the world,” said Amy Nakamoto, Discovery Education General Manager of Social Impact.

Learn more about Working in Harmony at or within Discovery Education’s K-12 learning platform. Connecting educators to a vast collection of high-quality, standards-aligned content, ready-to-use digital lessons, intuitive quiz and activity creation tools, and professional learning resources, Discovery Education provides educators an enhanced learning platform that facilitates engaging, daily instruction.

For more information about Discovery Education’s award-winning digital resources and professional learning services, visit and stay connected with Discovery Education on social media through Twitter and LinkedIn.

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