Kiddos in the Lab
About five percent of US workers are in STEM jobs; the projected need for future STEM-related jobs is more like 50 percent. So, how do we get kids excited about science?
The answer was simple to Anika Kuczynski and Andi Vendlinski: by allowing kids to experience DOING science themselves. They arranged a special play date with Vendlinski's 8-year-old twins, Cat and Lewis.
"I wanted them to know what it's like to do something real in science—how we use what we learn in science classes to answer real-life questions," says Kuczynski, who recently earned her doctorate in environmental engineering at Michigan Tech. "I like putting things into context; chemistry is important in real life, not just for a grade."
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It is Michigan Tech's policy that children are not permitted in laboratories unless enrolled in a university-sponsored activity or by special permission.