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Document Number: 10679

Improving Young People's Engagement with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) - In the same STEM pickle as the United States, the United Kingdom has a shortage of STEM skills in the midst of the recession. One source estimates the UK will need 82,000 engineers and technicians up to 2016 just to replace retirees. What to do? In “Improving Young People’s Engagement with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM),” the authors suggest engaging young people at an earlier age because interest in science decreases from the end of elementary school through secondary as the perception that STEM subjects are difficult increases. The authors also recommend enrichment activities, linking STEM subjects to everyday situations, and making links between STEM subjects. Teachers need professional development focusing on practical activities and real-life examples. (Suzanne Straw and Shona McLeod, National Foundation for Educational Research, March 2013)...

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