Real-World Application of Skills
Providing real-world application of the skills of an engineer is an important strategy when developing a STEM identity in youth. Watch and listen for the challenges youth are given to think deeper and try to solve problems using redesign.
Research suggests: Youth's increased interest and improved self concept are affected by their exposure to positive STEM role models and application of real-world STEM skills. The combination of these influences enhanced their STEM identity, in that they could see themselves as someone who was interested in STEM and had the potential to be a legitimate participant in STEM careers. (STEM Identity Formation)