Academic journal article Science and Children

Exemplary Science for Building Interest in STEM Careers

Academic journal article Science and Children

Exemplary Science for Building Interest in STEM Careers

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By Robert E. Yager. 290 pp. $29.95. ISBN 9781936959358. 2012. NSTA Press. (Grades K-College)

Is it possible to actually do science in classrooms K-16? Yes--and very necessary to keep students interested in science and encouraging those students to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM).

Sixteen chapters highlight the need for exemplary programs and how they help move science education in the direction of doing science instead of simply learning facts. Chapter topics lay a foundation for encouraging more students to pursue STEM careers: Changes needed in science education; Why educating students about careers in science matters, and "Why STEM?" It describes NSTA's efforts to interest more students in STEM careers, and active learning. Exemplary programs and projects that are discussed in the book include CampInvention, Kids Inquiry Conferences, service learning, real-world externships and scientists that partner with K-12.

One chapter explores the career paths of 14 scientists and engineers who followed nontraditional paths to their careers. They may have believed that science involved labs and interesting equipment, but wouldn't have interested them. …

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