The U.S. education system does not attract enough students to follow careers in science, math, and engineering (see pipeline illustration).
A new initiative in North Carolina tries to make science more attractive through virtual statewide science and mathematics competitions. The best high school STEM-related projects from North Carolina will compete in the Beijing Youth Science Creation Challenge (BYSCC) in China.
“I’ve found that science and the students doing science (in other countries) are celebrated, and we need to do that too,” Nolan said. “The organizers of BYSCC invited international science teams to help their students celebrate science. It puts it in a global context.”
Science competitions may help engage students in STEM :: STEM Education at Local Tech Wire