There is a general employment demand in both academia and industry for students who are pursuing studies in a discipline that is part of the STEM coalition: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. However, such demands fail to attract students to STEM careers as there is a high number of students who change academic paths away from an STEM focused degree at higher-level institutions, while students at levels K-12 do not know that such STEM professions exist. In this paper, a culturally relevant pedagogy is proposed for promoting Mathematics, Engineering, and Science literacy to students in grades K-12 and lower-level post-secondary students. This proposed teaching methodology aims to stimulate student interest in engineering, expose students to the social and academic skillset necessary to excel both academically and professionally in STEM fields, and ultimately increase and retain student enrollment in academia within the STEM disciplines.
|Keywords:||Teaching Strategies, STEM, Program Development, Student Retention, Student Performance|
PhD Candidate in Biomedical Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA