University of South Florida professor Will Tyson recently won a $1.2 million National Science Foundation grant to study science, technology, engineering and math education, known as STEM.
STEM is a hot topic in education circles as policy makers try to figure out ways to produce more graduates with high-tech skills necessary for a transforming economy.Gov. Rick Scott has said Florida’s universities should retool their programs to produce more STEM graduates.
Tyson’s study will look at how STEM students developed their interest and then track their school and career performance.
WUSF’s Mark Schreiner spoke with Tyson about his study and what he hopes to learn.