ASQ - Education Division

From the Editor: Preparing Our Future Innovators

Abstract: While teens believe some science, technology, engineering and technology (STEM)-related careers as offering the best chance of getting a job in the future, 67 percent of youth in grades 6-12 who are interested in pursuing a STEM career say they are concerned about the obstacles they would face, a recent ASQ survey reported. The survey was fielded online among 713 youth in grades 6-12 and a complementary survey was fielded online among 327 parents of children aged 10-17, in anticipation of National Engineers Week, Feb. 19-25. Meanwhile, ASQ has more than 14,000 member engineers who say they are concerned about ensuring a highly skilled workforce and educated engineers for the future. So what do these results mean? I think it means students want to pursue STEM-related careers, but question their preparedness to meet the demands of these fields.

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