“Young kids are, all on their own, completely committed to being excited and interested in STEM topics,” said David Evans, the executive director of the National Science Teachers Association. “The sad thing is, if there isn’t good support in schools, they lose that by the time they get to middle school.”
Children are naturals at inquiry-based thinking and are eager to explore STEM concepts deeper at a very early age. “However, many of their teachers are unprepared to go there with them. “Feeling comfortable with teaching science starts with teacher-preparation programs, experts say. But few education programs focus on training prospective elementary teachers to become fluent in science or engineering.”
Our hyper focus as a society on STEM education for our children need to be met with equal enthusiasm for preparing their teachers, parents and coaches to facilitate quality learning experiences.