February 13, 2016

The Adventure of STEM Education in Chile

Written by International Youth Foundation

For many students, classes related to science, technology, engineering, and math—the so-called STEM fields—can be intimidating. Stereotypes persist that you either have what it takes to succeed in these subjects, or you don’t. Period.

Oscar Contreras-Villarroel grew up with a passion for science and believes most young people would feel as he does—that is, if it were taught differently. Oscar founded Fundación Ciencia Joven (Youth Science Foundation) in Chile in 2011 to ensure that all students recognize the STEM fields as viable career paths—and have the skills and confidence to pursue them. A strong motivator was his belief that the answers to many of the world’s greatest challenges lie in scientific discovery and in cultivating innovative mindsets among students and teachers. Read full post.