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ERIC Number: EJ935923
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1062-9351
Stemming the Gap
Kahler, Jim; Valentine, Nancy
Tech Directions, v70 n10 p26-27 May 2011
In years past, strong analytical, creative, and communication skills were enough to prepare students for successful careers, but as technological change accelerates, so must innovation in science education. Unfortunately, American students today are lacking exposure to the programs and curriculum that teach these technical skills. Only 32.4% of undergraduates in the U.S. are graduating with a bachelor's degree in science or engineering. As a result, the nation is facing a critical shortage of young people pursuing science and technology college majors and careers. In an effort to improve the knowledge and application of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), after-school programs can work in conjunction with formal in-school curriculum to improve science education. This article discusses one organization that actively addresses this issue--4-H. For more than a century, 4-H has been reaching youth with after-school science education. Today, 4-H provides in-school enrichment programs, after-school programs, clubs, and camps that offer a variety of science education opportunities, from agricultural and animal sciences to rocketry, robotics, renewable energy, environmental protection, and computer science.
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Language: English
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