A Study on Pupils’ Motivation to Pursue a STEM Career

  • Georg Jäggle
  • Munir MerdanEmail author
  • Gottfried Koppensteiner
  • Wilfried Lepuschitz
  • Alexandra Posekany
  • Markus Vincze
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1134)


The industry is facing with the increasing lack of STEM graduates every year. It is of vital importance to motivate pupils for technical schools or schools in the STEM fields. This paper analyzes data from 693 pupils about their interest in a STEM career as well as their attitude towards STEM in general. Within this study, we also analyze the influence of the participation in robotics workshops. The method is a quantitative survey with questionnaires. Results show what mostly influenced the pupils to pursue a STEM career as well as the influence of robotics on them. Finally, the paper presents three STEM-related projects, which we also analyzed in regard to their impact on the pupils.


STEM careers Out-of-school-activities Educational robotics Technical high school Interest in STEM 



The authors acknowledge the financial support by the “Sparkling Science” program, an initiative of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research, under grant agreement no. SPA 06/294, as well as from the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology in the frame of the “Talente regional” program under grant agreement no. FFG 860104.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Georg Jäggle
    • 1
  • Munir Merdan
    • 2
    Email author
  • Gottfried Koppensteiner
    • 2
    • 3
  • Wilfried Lepuschitz
    • 2
  • Alexandra Posekany
    • 3
  • Markus Vincze
    • 1
  1. 1.ACIN Institute of Automation and ControlVienna University of TechnologyViennaAustria
  2. 2.PRIA Practical Robotics InstituteViennaAustria
  3. 3.TGM, Vienna Institute of TechnologyViennaAustria

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