Encouraging teens to pursue STEM

It is projected that STEM jobs will grow to over 9 million by 2022 and wages in STEM jobs are much higher too.

A new Child Trends report shows that parents can play a major role in getting teens interested in STEM jobs.

A study by the University of Virginia found that parents can have an impact on teens pursuing STEM careers up to 5 years after an initial conversation. Parents in the study were given access to a website that explained the usefulness of STEM courses and provided tips on how to talk to their children about the importance of STEM.

Amazingly, this simple experiment worked! Students took more high school STEM classes and, under their parents’ encouragement, their college prep tests improved by as much as 12%. These students were also likely to take more STEM courses in college and have a greater interest in pursuing careers in stem fields.

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