Tips for Developing Science and Engineering Identity
  • Encourage youth to meet people who work in STEM through citizenship science projects or service learning projects.
  • Help youth see themselves as contributors to STEM. Point out that new discoveries are made everyday.
  • Recognize your youth's’ interests and integrate their interests into STEM experiences. For example: plan activities around the physics of football for youth excited about the upcoming football game.
  • Focus on the process, not the product. Don’t worry so much about the correct answer and have fun engaging in the process!
  • Find STEM role models that are representative of the population you work with. Youth identify with people who look like them in STEM fields.