According to a recent poll, schoolchildren are now more interested in studying courses related to science, technology, engineering, and manufacturing due to the pandemic. When 1,000 children between age 11 to 17 were questioned about what they have been learning since the pandemic started, a good percentage of them have been more interested in the virus.
83% of these children have been watching news’ updates about the virus while 71% of them have shown much interest in the virus. Frontliners like the doctors and nurses have inspired about 66% of them during the pandemic. These children have watched how people like this are important and how they have helped in fighting the virus.
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The poll revealed that 48% of schoolchildren show interest in a career in STEM. Children now seem to be more familiar with the names of health practitioners like Professor Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Adviser to the UK, than the names of celebrities in other fields.
According to the poll, one in every five schoolchildren maintained that the pandemic had inspired them to be a doctor in ICU, while some consider building a career about working on vaccines. It also found out that 14% were interested in virology, 16% were interested in studying pharmacy, and 16% wanted to be a nurse in ICU.
The poll carried out by Medicspot revealed that 68% of respondents believe science is cool and 41% are now more interested in learning about science. 52% of schoolchildren said that when they are older, they would like to help frontliners like the doctors and nurses.
This poll has revealed that schoolchildren now show more interest in careers related to science as they can’t overemphasize the roles of doctors and nurses during the pandemic.