Encouraging Students to Enter Math, Science, and Space-related Fields

by Rhonda Morgan, La Cueva High Sch, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space II

Abstract: Most people agree that education is the key to technological superiority, that our current state of education is prohibiting the United States from being as competitive as it once was, and that action must be taken soon to improve our schools to protect the future of our country economically and technologically. Executing the following ideas is not going to convince every student to study and seek jobs in scientific fields. However, the ensuring programs may be able to sway the people on the edge, and further encourage and nourish those who already have an interest. Schools and industry can take action that will motivate and interest students in science, math, and space-related fields. This paper explores areas of improvement and possible means of motivation towards science, math, and space at the kindergarten, elementary, junior high, and high school levels.

Subject Headings: Aerospace engineering | Engineering education | Students | Mathematics | School (K-12) | Motivation | Economic factors | North America | United States

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