West Virginia Science Camp Inspires Pursuit of STEM Careers
The National Youth Science Camp aims to give high-achieving students a chance to experience science in a fun setting. Especially when it comes to sciences, or STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — education, learning over the summer matters, education experts say. Students need exposure to hands-on, experiential science beyond the textbook, or they won’t get turned on to science careers.
But increasingly, STEM experts say that filling gaps in jobs at the associate and technical levels matters more for maintaining an American technological edge than getting more doctorate degrees. And for that, lower-achieving students may also need to go to science camp.