Are America's students interested in STEM? According to the Lenovo Global Student Science and Technology Outlook, released November 17, they are—but students in countries such as Mexico, India, and Russia are hungrier to enter a career in a STEM field.
About 54 percent of students said they plan to pursue a career in STEM, according to a survey of 800 American students between the ages of 14 and 22. Similar surveys in other countries found higher levels of interest: In India, 62 percent of students say they want to work in a STEM discipline and in Mexico, 69 percent of students said they would enter a STEM field. The United States did outpace the United Kingdom (46 percent) and Japan (35 percent).
The survey comes as part of the YouTube Space Lab contest that will launch a student's project to the International Space Station next spring.
Some other interesting findings from the study: