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Young Adults Perceive Obstacles to STEM Careers

While a string of recent reports have emphasized the critical need for more and better trained STEM professionals, too many of those in a position to answer the call over the short term -- students ages 16 to 25 -- do not see themselves in science and engineering careers. Why such reluctance?  Respondents to the Lemelson-MIT Invention Index cited factors ranging from lack of knowledge about the relevant fields, to perceptions that they are ill-prepared for the demands of STEM professions.  On a positive note, innovation fared well in the survey: 80% of respondents said they would be interested in courses that helped them "become more inventive and creative." Via

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