For some people, memories of high school science lectures aren't filled with excitement and wonder. Today, when the need for skilled workers and critical thinkers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math is more crucial than ever, many students still deem science learning boring and stale.
MSU researchers have been asking why. And as a result, they're revolutionizing STEM education to make science exciting and interesting to students of all backgrounds and ages.
"Young people love Star Wars and science-related fantasies, but in science class they are distracted and daydream about anything except the subject matter that one day may help those science fantasies become real," says Barbara Schneider, John A. Hannah University Distinguished Chair and renowned sociologist. "Is there a better way to teach science that will capture that imagination and create more interest, which will result in students being more successful in class?"