Recently computer manufacturer Lenovo released the results of a global survey called “2011 Global Student Science and Technology Outlook” where they asked students (4,800 of them) from seven different nations how they felt about science and technology and space exploration.

Lenovo and Text 100 have commissioned this study in order explore student attitudes and interests regarding science/STEM-related careers in support of a new worldwide initiative run by YouTube and Lenovo – Space Lab

Here is the video that is narrated by Professor Steven Hawkings and is featured on the YouTube Space Lab.

The results are extremely interesting and we’d suggest you take some time to download and review the report for yourself. Also take a moment to check out the article that Lenovo put together for the release of this survey. The seven nations featured in this survey UK, US, Japan, Russia, India, Mexico and Canada.

The findings of the study where very interesting and here are a just a few highlights:

Students in India ranked highest (82 percent) for those who believe it’s very important for their country to lead the world in science

The top reasons cited for those not pursuing a STEM career type are a lack of confidence in their abilities and too much work/schooling required

When it comes to exploring space, nearly all (approximately 80 percent) of students say they want to be a space tourist

Kids who decide to pursue a career in STEM usually do so by the time they are in middle/secondary school

Albert Einstein leads the way across the world as the most inspiring figure in Science followed Steve Jobs

Wow! A really interesting survey for anyone actively involved in STEM. Once again the direct link to the survey can be found here.

Please feel free to share any of your own thoughts regarding the Lenovo survey right here on the Why Science blog.

 

One Response to Global Student STEM Interest Examined in Lenovo Survey

  1. Kari Tatge says:

    What a great survey with really interesting results. I think most surprising is to find out that most students know by the time they are in middle school if they intend to pursue a career in a STEM field. It is SO important that teachers and schools capture the interests of these students early.

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