Selling Science to Students

Jenn O'Donnell le 25 septembre 2012

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A recent article in the Globe and Mail this week highlights that Canadian university students are not choosing careers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) – even though they recognize that many future jobs will require precisely these skills. What can we do about it? The article’s author highlights that 75 per cent of new jobs between 2009 and 2018 will be in highly skilled occupations involving STEM education. In an era of technological innovation, so many careers require some knowledge in this area, including the skilled trades, mining, oil and gas, and health-care sectors. Do young people really know that when they drop Grade 11 or Grade 12 math and fail to take a science elective in high school that they close the door to potential careers in computer science, science, forestry, medicine or engineering? What are you doing to encourage youth to explore options in STEM fields? What are our policy makers doing to ensure students don’t close doors to career opportunities?

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