Why STEM must offer students a dose of reality

Yvonne Ng of St. Catherine University writes on the LearnMoreMN blog why hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) courses would be more appealing to women:

It’s not surprising that reality is important for females. The majority has not had these experiences as children so they need to have the time to play in reality. As adults, they learn more from this play in a shorter period of time, so a college course with planful “hands on” components can jumpstart a “disadvantaged” student.

It’s not just women who statistically lack these experiences with STEM reality: students from lower economic backgrounds often lack these experiences, and interestingly, we now find those from upper class backgrounds are equally lacking.

Read the full essay here.