It is amazing how much we are surrounded by science and technology. From the cruise ship you may be vacationing on during the summer, to the airplane you take to get from point a to point b, there is STEM involved. Although it is interesting to think about how these things work, few want to venture beyond the thought of how such technology is advancing our lives. We are surrounded by new innovations on a daily basis. It is important for the next generation to see the value in STEM, and how it benefits not only them, but the future generations after them to come.

Here are some great ways to get the next generation interested in STEM.

1) Have extra curriculum STEM activities and programs for students to participate in.

This will allow students to learn about new things in science, technology, engineering and math. It will also create a sense of belonging to a community of others interested in STEM.  After school activities are excellent for getting students involved in STEM.

2) Create internships

An internship is a great way for students to gain credit towards their study, and also act as real-world experience within their field. Hands-on activities are always the best teacher. In order to compete globally for jobs, students must be prepared and learn the appropriate skills. Internships are a wonderful way to give students the opportunity to learn about new STEM jobs.

3) Recruit the next generation while young.

Who will be the next great mathematician or scientist? He or she may be standing in the nearest elementary school classroom. Children often become interested in STEM related projects, even while very young. Maybe a child who loves constructing buildings out of building blocks may be the next great civil engineer. Or the kid who loves what goes on behind the scenes of his video games and computer may one day discover the newest web development. Always find ways to start introducing STEM at a young age.

4) Encourage STEM students

The best way to motivate someone is to encourage them. Encourage your students to focus on the big picture while studying STEM. They are more than one test grade. They are the future of innovation. Be sure to carefully and meticulously explain any questions to your students. Educate and motivate! Be patient, you never know who may discover the next big thing or the next great cure.