Strategies for Parents to Support Students in STEM

Below are recommended ways for parents and other caregivers to support and encourage children in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines. Research has shown that parent behaviors and attitudes influence children's STEM performance, participation, and dispositions. (Note: Dispositions include attitudes, beliefs, feelings, etc.) Negative and counterproductive beliefs and actions can limit young students potential and options in everyday life and careers. Further, this can reduce the pool of STEM-capable, interested citizens who contribute to the advancement of society, including improved quality of life.  They are numbered and lettered for easy reference but do not suggest a prioritized list.   Be sure to maintain these actions over time. In other words, start them at a young age and continue through high school and beyond.

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