When are students losing interest in STEM? The answer is earlier than we thought. In a study focused on interest in astrology, scientists found middle school is the time the desire significantly declines. The study was based off of asking students of four different age groups what their interests were, and they wanted to do when they grew up. Categories ranged from taking care of animals to watching science fiction. The results also showed that children are less likely to choose astrology if they had never been star gazing. Proving once more how beneficial and important introducing STEM, especially early on, is to a child’s potential career path. A positive find in the study was proof that even if a student did not pursue Astronomy, an introduction to the subject led them to something else in the STEM field.
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