Action Plan

Use the STEM Action Plan: The Road to Success (PDF) to map out each of the steps on the road to a career in STEM.

You don't have to be a “math or science person” to help your child do well in either of those subjects—there are many tools available to help you identify other STEM parents and support one another by phone, text, or e-mail, or by using Facebook or Twitter.

Tools to Help Parents Communicate about STEM

Examples of tools to help you communicate with other parents of STEM students include the following:

STEM “Networks” online career profile services and communication (“social”) networks for STEM students:
List of Collaboration Tools
Using Social Media to Help STEM Students Connect
Department of Education Blog for STEM

It is more likely that your child will become an engineer, mathematician, computer scientist, or scientist than a professional athlete. The work may be a little harder in the beginning, but it also requires the same amount of dedication and discipline as sports.

Encourage, encourage, encourage! Your child may struggle until he or she realizes you are serious and intend to provide your full support. Remember that the time and energy you spend are an investment worth making. The movie and book about Ben Carson, “Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story,” is a great example of how a little parental determination can go a long way.

Complete the STEM Action Plan: The Road to Success (checking off the steps as you go), and make a commitment to follow your action plan. Keep a copy of the completed plan in a place where you will see it daily. Review it at least twice per year.