The public’s knowledge of science and technology varies across a range of questions on current topics and basic scientific concepts, according to a new quiz by Pew and Smithsonian magazine. The quiz is part of a nationwide survey, conducted March 7-10 among 1,006 adults, which also probed opinions and perceptions about science and math in education. The survey was conducted with Smithsonian magazine for an edition focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education.
The public underestimates how well American high school students perform on standardized science tests compared with students in other developed nations. According to this survey, 44% believe that 15-year-olds in other developed nations outrank U.S. students in knowledge of science; according to an international student assessment, U.S. 15-year-olds are in the middle ranks of developed nations in science knowledge.
Nearly half of Americans (46%) say that the main reason that many young people do not pursue degrees in math and science is mostly because they think these subjects are too hard. Only 22% say it is mostly because young people think math and science are not useful for their careers, while 20% say it is because they think these subjects are too boring.
What do you think about these statistics? What is your STEM knowledge? How will you rank? Take the quiz here: http://www.pewresearch.org/quiz/science-knowledge/