The S.T.E.M. subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math) offer opportunities in our current society. These subjects can be extremely interesting, but fear of them often dissuades students from going into one of them. So, what can engender an interest, and can a parent or teacher help promote such an interest?
There are several ways of engendering an interest in one of these subjects.
First, even science has two parts, a qualitative understanding and a quantitative understanding. The second requires math, which varies depending on the field. The first involves understanding of the concepts. It is the qualitative understanding that can fun, and when something is fun it can bring out an interest. In the formative process keep things fascinating and pique the interest with enjoyment of discovery.
Another way of developing an interest in a S.T.E.M. subject is fulfilling a purpose. An environmentally conscious person might seek fulfillment in alternate energy sources. A humanitarian might seek fulfillment in medical technology. There are many medical positions for laboratory technicians that do not require becoming a doctor whereby a person can contribute to the health of the population. Reaching a goal if that involves contributing to the solution of a problem might well be enough to spark an interest.