National standards encourage science teachers to help 'increase
student economic productivity through the use of the knowledge, understandings
and skills of the scientifically literate person in their careers'. Exemplary
Science for Building Interest in STEM Careers provides the examples and
inspiration to accelerate the trend toward steering students to the fields of
science, technology, engineering and maths.
This book explores 16 examples of ideas and experiences
representing a large number of career areas; they include scientists,
engineers, inventors and education reformers. Many of the authors have enlisted
the help of community members and business and industry representatives,
emphasising the more current view of what science is and the importance of
collaborative learning. Science is the act of humans trying to make sense of
objects and events found in the natural world. It is exciting to engage students
in resolving problems and issues using their own ideas. If science is
personally experienced, it will attract many more to STEM careers!
When teachers change their teaching, student interest
increases - and more students aspire to science-related careers as well.
Changes in teaching must occur and typical courses must change to focus more on
student efforts with projects, activities and problem-solving. This is the best
plan for getting more students interested in pursuing STEM careers after secondary