Survey Shows How To Engage Students in Science, Technology ,Engineering and Math (STEM)
In a survey of U.S. high school students about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) it found that students want to be inspired and explore careers in scientific fields.
The survey results showed that most teenagers like science and understand its value, but want hands-on, real-life experiences to learn more.
- 81% of students are interested in science,
- 73% are interest in biology.
- only 37 percent of teenagers said they like their science classes “a lot.”
Hands-on learning, like experiments and field trips, are the best way to engage teenage students in biology, followed by tools that help them relate biology to real life. Students reported that one-way communication, such as class discussions or teaching straight from the book, are least interesting.
The survey looked beyond the classroom, and found that most teenagers lack access to additional resources and opportunities to learn more about scientific careers and engage with science professionals:
- only 32 percent actually know an adult in a science-based career.
- 22 percent know someone with a job involving biology.
- Only 33 percent of teenagers have ever been involved in a science club or group, either in or out of school.
- Low-income teenagers are especially unlikely to have been involved, and are more likely to be unaware of extracurricular science offerings.
Low-income students also have the fewest pathways to science careers. They are less likely to know someone who works in biology (19 percent versus 25 percent of higher-income students) and not as likely to have access to career-planning resources.
Survey done by The Amgen Foundation and Change the Equation (CTEq)
Ways to Engage Your Teen in Science this Summer
- Have them attend a summer STEM Camp – many offer scholarships. Check with your local university. University camps offer the aded benefit of familiarizing your child with college life.
- Consider a Math Camp since math is important for all sciences, technology and engineering in addition to math careers.
- Have your student contact a local science based company and ask them for a summer internship ( volunteer or paid) so they can learn about science careers.
- Have them volunteer at the local Children’s or Natural Science Museum
- Join a robotics club
What have you done to get your teen engaged in STEM activities?
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