A recent survey by the Lemelson-MIT Program found that youths ages 12-17 are enthusiastic about STEM—77% indicated they were interested in pursuing a STEM career. This is great news, but there is still work to be done to transition the positive intention into reality. The study lists a few tips: get outside the classroom, take a hands-on approach, and find strong mentors. Each of these is an important advantage of afterschool science. Participating in science after school helps students maintain an interest in science over time, which can lead to more STEM professionals in the future.
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