Students on STEM

More Hands-on, Real-World Experiences

A new survey of American teenagers from the Amgen Foundation and Change the Equation finds that teens like science and would welcome the opportunity to do more engaging, hands-on science in school.  Yet the survey also reveals that teens lack access to real-world science experiences, out-of-school opportunities, and professional mentors, which is limiting their chances to pursue science any further.

These findings are a call to action for anyone who is committed to inspiring the next generation of American scientists and innovators. Leaders in government, education, and industry need to support schools’ and teachers’ critical efforts to improve science teaching while enriching students’ opportunities to experience science outside of school.

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Teachers are a top influence

Teachers

Teens want more engaging science classes:

Gif--Teens want more engaging science classes

Teens know what they want:

Teens know what they want

Teens want more exposure outside of school:

Teens want more exposure outside of school

Teens want, but lack, exploration opportunities:

Teeens lack exploration opportunities

Low-income teens have fewer pathways to careers:

Low-income teens have fewer pathways to careers

Open up pathways to science, both in and out of school:

Open up pathways to science, both in an out of school