STEM in the UK

I know that we struggle in North America to keep kids interested in engineering career paths--whether it's because they're lured by more money, more glamour, or even just an easier job. But I'm also sure that there are plenty of kids interested in how things work; who like to take things apart and put them back together again. Kids who just need a little encouragement to pursue what could end up being a very rewarding career.

It's interesting, then, to see the same conversations going on around the world, and seeing how other parts of the world are tackling the same issues.

In the UK, for example, they’ve got a program called STEMNET, which aims to increase young people’s choice and chances through science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Mike Jolley, technical operations manager for PepsiCo in Boxford, England, is one of more than 25,000 STEM Ambassadors, who are volunteers for STEMNET’s flagship program. He blogged recently about his experiences with the program, talking with youngsters about what engineers and other technical professionals do at the company, and also getting some good exposure for attracting engineering apprentices.

This is just one example of a program that’s working to make a difference in STEM pursuits. What programs are you involved with?