From Mashable: Although demand for workers with STEM qualifications has only grown in recent years, a minority of students elect to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in high school and college. To spark a discussion about how US schools can motivate more students to The USA Science and Engineering Festival brought together its youth advisors for a Twitter chat on April 17th. During the discussion, several themes emerged — suggestions about how to improve STEM education from the very people who stand to benefit from that training.
Schools are focusing too much on memorization and not enough on problem-solving, killing student interest in STEM topics early.
“It would be great if schools allowed kids to solve real problems, to learn by doing,” said Erik Martin. “My education did not aid interest, or work at all—huge failure there.”