STEM Connections – The Intersection of Context and Careers

Why does STEM inspire some kids (like our friends from Stranger Things) and other students dread walking into their math and science classes? Who is actively charting a course for the jobs of tomorrow and who feels like that is not their “thing”? Our latest insight report STEM Connections – The Intersection of Context and Careers provides some additional insight into answering these complicated questions.

The strength of a student’s “STEM context” was a strong indicator of whether or not students felt confident and were excited to pursue STEM career opportunities. The good news is that a student’s STEM context, as we defined it, is reliant upon how a child’s parents and teachers promote, encourage and make more visible STEM career opportunities. When compared to students with a low STEM context, students with a strong STEM context were…

  • Four times as likely to say that they were the type of person who can have a STEM job.


  • Nine times more likely to think that there are STEM jobs that they would like to have.

Many teachers are finding our newest STEM resource, Endeavor, as a helpful tool to ensure a greater number of students have a strong STEM context. How are you ensuring that all students, regardless of background or academic ability have a strong STEM context? We’d love to hear from you, so join the conversation in the Connected Educator Facebook group!




Steve Sandak is a member of EVEFI’s Research team. His work focuses on the impact of our K-12 learning platform. Steve is a former high school educator, and is based in our Boston office.