STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is future oriented. The demands for jobs that need routine skills have decreased, while those requiring more technical skills have increased. The government encourages students to choose STEM fields after school. Here are some ways to motivate students to choose science for their future.
Improve image of science
Many people perceive science to be something tough and negative. Much is to be blamed to those movies and books that portray scientists to be nerdy. The teachers can play a big role in changing this view. They can tell students how science has changed the world and say interesting things about the subject. They can encourage the students by showing different scientific experiments.
Be a positive role model
If a student sees that the teacher is knowledgeable and passionate about science, then they will try to follow their footsteps. So, try to act as their role model.
Make it fun
You should get students involved in science at an early stage and try to make it fun and interesting. You can show hands-on experiments to grow the interest in them.
Connect it to everyday life
You should show the students how science is used in everyday lives. We have cell phones, video games, tablets, etc. because of science. You should tell them how these things are making your life better.
Give them opportunities
You can create contests and ask the students to use science to come up with new ideas, design, etc. For example, you can ask them to develop an app for everyday use. You can encourage group competition as well.
Bring it to life
You can show the students why certain things float while others sink, or make a mock crime scene and ask them to investigate. Make them do things related to science. This will excite them more.
You should try to create the natural curiosity about science in the students’ mind. You can do so by connecting science to daily lives. To make them understand science better, you can come up with explorative and creative opportunities. In most schools, events, like a science fair, are organized. Having more events like this will motivate the students to do interesting experiments and create the interest in science. There are many TV shows and YouTube channels nowadays where you can watch different programs related to science. You should encourage the students to watch those programs and even discuss those programs in class. By growing interest for science from a small age is necessary to encourage them to take up science as their career path.