4 Common Myths About STEM Education

A recent article on Smart Planet, “Making the Case for STEM Skills–for Everyone,” argued that everyone–not just scientists and engineers–should have some basic knowledge of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).  As the need for STEM experts continues to rise, even in the face of unemployment, it is becoming apparent that all individuals should have a grasp of core STEM fundamentals, even those in creative fields.  But what are the barriers to students taking on courses that would give them a boost in career and life? According to Dr. Richard Larson of MIT, any combination of the four most common myths about STEM education could be hindering those course-registration decisions. Here’s a summary of Dr. Larson’s list:

Myth #1: Engineering is all about hardware, gadgets and circuits.

Myth #2: STEM is about standardized multiple-choice tests.

Myth #3: The world already has too many scientists.

Myth #4: STEM is only appropriate for those planning to be engineers or scientists.

With so many opportunities for jobs with longevity and growth, as in industries such as transportation, debunking the STEM myths can lead to a successful career path–especially for girls. Read the full article about the case for STEM skills for everyone, and details about the four common myths about them.

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