The Importance of Early Exposure to Innovation

How Relatable STEM Role Models Inspire Children to Become Tomorrow’s Creative Leaders

As our world continues to evolve at an ever-increasing rate, helping children develop an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) has never been more important. According to recent research from Opportunity Insights, exposing children to the process of innovation is one of the most effective ways to not only spark children’s interest but also increase the likelihood that they will become innovators.

Unfortunately, not all demographic groups are exposed to innovation at equal rates, and minority children experience far less exposure than their non-minority peers. Introducing diverse, relatable STEM role models into STEM curricula can play a significant role in reversing this troubling trend.

This paper explores how educators can use the power and influence of STEM role models to inspire children across all demographics to become the creative leaders of tomorrow.

Highlights include:

  • An exploration of why STEM role models are so effective in shaping the behaviors of students.
  • Research that details the importance of helping children develop an interest in STEM subjects at a young age.
  • A profile of 2018 Mighty Minds winner Nikaya Baranwal, whose father’s encouragement and work as an engineer inspire her to create.

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