Do You See Your High School Students In Future STEM Careers?

By: Tina Shaffer

There are nothing but opportunities for those students thinking about careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The field continues to shift, just as student perceptions do. That is why Destination Imagination, National Girls Collaborative Project, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity and Educational Research Center of America (ERCA) are collaborating on a research project focused on high school students’ perceptions of STEM careers.  
By including your students as part of this important research project, you can help them:
  • further consider their strengths, interests, and the career options open to them;
  • receive targeted information from colleges, universities, career and technical schools, and other postsecondary institutions seeking to recruit students with their specific interests, talents, skill sets, and career goals; and
  • gain more access to postsecondary scholarship opportunities. 
The window to participate in this survey is limited, though. In early March, packages containing additional information and the surveys will be mailed to high school educators.  If you do not receive a packet by then, please contact ERCA as soon as possible to ensure your students are included.
Later this year, ERCA will share a summary of student perceptions to help students, families, teachers, and guidance counselors better understand students’ perspectives on the topic and engage in meaningful conversations about career and postsecondary educational opportunities.
If you want to make sure you receive this package, please send us your name, high school name and complete school mailing address to [email protected] with “STEM Career Survey” in the subject line to make sure you’re on the list! Thank You!