Many high school students in the U.S. are curious about science and view it as a possible career option, according to a recent survey. A majority of students (81%) say they are interested in science and biology (73%). Among those partial to careers in biology,, teachers (85%) and classes (86%) rank high along with their parents or guardians (87%) as the biggest influences on their career decisions. The survey, which focused on understanding what motivates students to study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), is highlighted in the report, “Students on STEM: More Hands-on, Real-World Experiences,” published by the Amgen Foundation and Change the Equation.
The survey shows that students want additional opportunities that will inspire them to explore careers in scientific fields, and teachers are uniquely positioned to stimulate students’ interest in STEM. Respondents overwhelmingly say science is interesting and relevant, but when asked about science classes, they didn’t respond with as much enthusiasm. The report suggests ways to overcome challenges in the classroom, including improving teacher resources and professional development, and facilitating more work-based learning in science—from career fairs to internships in local labs. For more information, click here.