What Do Children Want to Be When They Grow Up?

How to Keep Students Engaged in STEM with Unique, Out-Of-Classroom Learning Experiences

While today’s students consistently express interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers, it has been estimated that by the end of 2018, millions of STEM jobs in the United States had gone 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 and relatable STEM role models throughout their schooling, we can inspire them to fill the jobs of the future 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.
  • A few ways educators can inspire students to pursue STEM careers through engaging, out-of-school learning and programs.
  • Research detailing the benefits of exposing children to innovation early in their lives.

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