Math is a subject every student is required to take, but it is often one of the most-dreaded. The term ‘math anxiety’ is appearing at an increasing rate in education literature, as students who struggle with the subject continue to express low confidence in this area of study.
Students will not strengthen their critical-thinking or problem-solving skills by conducting a lab that simply proves previously discovered scientific ideas, regardless of their importance. Focusing on contemporary science issues that are yet to be solved offers students insight into what they may experience in the STEM workforce. But what does this look like in the classroom?