Talking to 5th Graders about careers is like talking about bicycles with a fish.

According to research by Raytheon and others, America loses about 60% of its future innovators before the age of 13. These are kids who start elementary school genuinely excited about science. By the time they hit seventh grade, the majority feel that science is “boring” and irrelevant to their lives. Of course the irony of this belief is lost on the most wired and healthy generation in history. I believe one of the biggest factors is the context in which we present science to our elementary and middle school students. We are telling 5th graders they should study science so they can have a better career. The trouble is, 5th graders don’t care about that just yet.

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