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STEM EducationPipeline is leaky!

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aybuke turker

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Transcript of STEM EducationPipeline is leaky!

the key to a 21st century economy
scientifically literate students and citizens who can understand and make wise decisions
internationally competitive

As it is mentioned by national educational priorities “dominant metaphor describing participation and achievement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is a “pipeline.” The STEM workforce needs a “pipeline” of future scientists, engineers, and mathematicians. This pipeline starts from kindergarden and carries students through high school, college, and master’s degrees, ending with a doctorate and a career in a STEM field.1
Why we care about STEM!











7) http://www.edudemic.com/education-in-finland/

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9) App Descriptions: https://itunes.apple.com
10: Video:
The unexpected exit from joining in STEM because of various reasons throughout student’s school time causes the leaking
The unexpected exit from joining in STEM because of various reasons throughout student’s school time causes the leaking
Reasons for leaky STEM Pipeline!
The disproportionate exit from participation in STEM by minorities and girls throughout school and college.1
Decreasing in self interest: Roughly half of the students who considered to join in a science career when they were eight grade did major in science at the postsecondary level.2
College Readiness:
44 percent of 2013 U.S. high school graduates are ready
for college-level math.
36 percent of 2013 U.S. high school students are ready for college-level science.3
The cost and time to get a degree
in STEM is too high compared to other subjects.4
STEM degree careers involve too much work and studying compared to other careers.4

54 percent of students say math is their most challenging subject compared to other
subjects, while 44 percent say science is the most difficult. 4

And many others!
lack of prior knowledge
shortage of well qualified STEM teachers
not being able to reach STEM resources
finding it boring

What to do to prevent STEM Pipeline from leaking!
Our K-12
education system produces enough talent in
math and science to fill our need for traditional
STEM workers, but more than 75 percent
of these students do not enter STEM majors
in college.5
In college level 38% of those students who start with a STEM major do not graduate with one.5
Right after graduation, 43 percent
of STEM graduates do not work in
STEM related jobs.5
Let's take a closer look to the leaking pipeline.
Engaging under- represented students in STEM.
Provide inquiry-based, hands-on science education to elementary and middle school studen
Expose students to real-life scientists and engineers.6
Ensure science teachers are well-trained.6

In Finland which is known because of its world- class (and
) education system.
1) Teachers there are required to have a Master’s degree, and only the top 10% are accepted into graduate teaching programs (fully state subsidized)
2) Finland’s teachers are as esteemed as doctors and lawyers.7
Transform college STEM courses. Encourage the college students,and provide more academic support when needed.6
Educational Apps & Games.
Common Core State Standards:
A great reference for students, parents, and teachers to easily read and understand the core standards.
iTunes U
: It is a great way both to teach and learn new skills.Students can play video or audio lectures and take notes that are synchronized with the lecture.
is a puzzle game where you teach a robot how to move crates.
Games of Ligh:

It teaches the light phenomena and optics.
Bobo Explores Light:
A fully functional science museum for kids 4-12.
Introduction to a Game Creator

World's Fastest App Creation Engine.
No coding required. Drag and Drop Interface.
Multi-platforms: iOS, Android, Web and Win8

Aybuke Gul Turker
M.A Candidate in Digital Media Design for Learning,
Minor in M.S Games for Learning,


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