What Do Children Want to Be When They Grow Up?
How to Keep Students Engaged in STEM
While today’s generation of students consistently expresses interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers, it is estimated that by the end of 2018, 2.4 million STEM jobs in the United States will go unfilled. To meet this demand, it is up to educators to find ways to keep students engaged in STEM as they grow. By exposing students to innovation throughout their schooling, we can prepare them to fill the important and innovative jobs that will move society forward.
This paper explores ways educators can encourage students to pursue their passion for STEM into adulthood. Highlights include:
• Common reasons why students may lose interest in STEM as they age.
• Strategies educators can use to inspire students to pursue STEM careers.
• Research detailing the results of exposing children to innovation early in their lives.
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