Interest: Curiosity and engagement in STEM subjects
Are we creating environments and experiences that are engaging, inviting, accessible, and comfortable so young people feel they belong and want to participate in STEM? Interest is a measure of how well we have done at these tasks. Research shows that STEM interest tends to decline after elementary school. One reason for the drop may be the different ways young people engage with STEM skills and concepts at different ages, moving from more play-based and hands-on approaches in early years to more technical and clinical approaches later on.
Across measures of STEM interest, about two-thirds of Minnesota's young people show a lack of interest (or access) to STEM activities, courses, and opportunities. We all have a role to play in generating and sustaining students’ interest in STEM.