Connected Science Learning: Call for Contributions
Encouraging Youth to Pursue STEM Careers
Contributions are due August 15, 2018
Angela Traurig and Rich Feller, associated with STEMcareer at Colorado State University, state in a news item on the National Career Development Association website: "[T]he demand for skilled workers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is closely linked to global competitiveness." The authors go on to ask how we can
inspire students to solve problems in the frontiers of alternative energy, climate change, nanotechnology and space exploration, while promoting STEM careers. … [T]he lack of gender and ethnic diversity of students entering STEM educational programs and career fields present additional challenges. Using creativity and innovation to address these challenges is critical to providing career development.
There is a high need for youth to pursue STEM careers, not just for positions that require a higher degree, but also to fill the many STEM-based positions that require technical degrees from community colleges and other technical schools (e.g., ultrasound technicians, aerospace machinists).
The goal of Connected Science Learning's ninth issue is to highlight programs and research that Encourage Youth to Pursue STEM Careers via efforts that cross in-school and out-of-school learning settings (e.g., home, museums, natural settings, media).