An obvious yet overlooked resource is discussed in this article at Psychological Science. According to the study by the Association for Psychological Science, parents can have a significant influence on the STEM education of their students. This makes sense of course, as we consider the approaching fall term and students begin to choose elective courses for the year. Parents play a part in these choices for many students as they provide guidance on which courses they should take. The study indicates that parents who were more aware of STEM courses that were available, and the significance to future careers for their children, helped to increase the enrollment and level of interest in these areas by the students. This is a relatively easy step to get kids more interested in our STEM programs. Consider having more parents involved in orientation at the beginning of the year, and have a presentation just for them to point out the positive effects that STEM courses will have on the future livelihood of their children. Flyers and links to web resources can be handed out, STEM teachers can be present to ask questions, and demand for higher level courses could see significant increases based on the results shown in the study. Bring on the parents!
CNC Machine A Robot Roving Eye Part II
CNC Machining an Arduino-Powered Robot Roving Eye.