I investigated the impact of culturally-representative, science-based guest speakers in classrooms on student interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) related career choices. Education
has turned focus away from the sciences and this is beginning to trickle into our workforce, leading to a rapid erosion of the US’s competitiveness in science and technology (Traurig & Feller). Students need to investigate science with someone other than their classroom teacher (Bouvier, 2011). During this study I found that guest speakers had a measurable impact in a short period of time with a small group of students.
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