Motivating young peoples’ interest in STEM education and careers is a multi-layered process – and a crucial starting point is at school. Research tells us that young people’s engagement in STEM subjects tends to decline between the ages of 11 and 14, typically when they start secondary school.
To tackle this issue, all stakeholders need to act on many different fronts. Together – education, industry and government – we need to do more than just stimulate children’s interest in STEM subjects. We need to help young people understand how applying STEM subjects, together with students’ own competencies and imagination, can help shape the world. They need to believe in their own power to create and to innovate.
Through Create Tomorrow, our activities focus mainly on secondary school students. In most European school curricula, this is the age range when students start to choose the subjects they may want to study further in the future. This is an important time to help enhance young people’s perceptions about STEM, especially for girls.