Tuesday, September 23, 2014

STEM? 'Ask questions, do experiments, learn stuff'

For nearly all of her 12 years, Hannah Gallagher was part of a daunting statistic often used to illustrate a gap in the American school system: She had virtually no interest in science, technology, engineering and math — the “STEM” courses that are increasingly essential to college admission and top-paying jobs.

“I honestly didn’t even know what STEM was until this school year,” said Hannah, who made an early-morning trek from her Hemet charter school to the San Diego Convention Center on Monday to attend the 2014 STEM Symposium. “Now, I just love STEM so much I just can’t believe it. I think kids aren’t interested in STEM because they haven’t been exposed to it. It’s just so interesting to ask questions, and do experiments and learn stuff.”

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