Ph.D. student, Environmental Engineering
Studies like the STEM Subject Choice and Careers: Lessons Learned (Part 1) from Sheffield Hallam University and Cascading Influences: Long-Term Impacts of Informal STEM Experiences for Girls by the Franklin Institute reiterate the need for this type of early exposure to STEM topics. These studies emphasize that participation in formal and informal hands-on activities increased the likelihood of minorities and women entering STEM careers. They also recognized that children are more likely to explore STEM careers if the concepts are being communicated by someone they can relate to. More importantly, one cannot underestimate the impact of STEM events – children form memories that they pull upon throughout their lives, helping them achieve in STEM careers regardless of the challenges.
For more information on Night of the Open Door and how you can participate, please go here: https://opendoor.asu.edu/ and http://azscitechfest.org/.