31 Aug '13, 9pm

Is a Career in STEM Really for Me? - IEEE Spectrum via @IEEESpectrum Great take by an 8th grader on problems w/ STEM

I just started eighth grade at a middle school in central Virginia. The school has an excellent reputation, particularly in math and science. Last year, it received national recognition for its STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program. I enjoy science and math, and I get straight As in those subjects. People tell me that future employers will be falling all over themselves to hire me if I pursue a career in STEM. Well, for those future employers out there, I hate to tell you, but for me, and for my classmates who are also good STEM candidates, those subjects are far down on our list of career interests. Why our apathy? First, while we hear science and math careers are fun, interesting, and well-paying, the actual scientists and engineers who visit our schools seem very one-dimensional. Working as an engineer for a utility company or as a biologist speciali...

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