With increased interest in promoting engineering as a field of study and career pathway to both college and pre-college student, it is important to understand the many factors that impact students’ learning and decision-making processes.
The public has an incomplete understanding of engineers and engineering as a profession. In discussions about the public’s understanding of engineers, many have referenced the “conventional” stereotype of engineers as train operators.
There is a growing concern in the US about the lack of student interest and aptitude in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.
There is growing concern in the United States about the lack of interest and aptitude in science, math and, in particular, technology and engineering disciplines.
As part of a NSF-funded ITEST grant, the ETID Department at Texas A&M University is developing a STEM Teacher Education initiative that helps secondary education math and science teachers to better understand advanced technology concepts.