Geekdom Ain't So Bad
According to a 2003 survey by Spectrum magazine, 79% of the 830 respondents were
motivated to become engineers through a desire to "Invent, build, or design things."
62% say activities that inspired them to become engineers were "...courses, such
as math, chemistry, or physics." 13% knew they wanted to become engineers by age
10. Half believe that math should be more heavily emphasized (is most important)
in high school, while a fourth said physical sciences are most important. Said one,
"To attract potential engineers, we must overcome the handicap of students associating
engineering with 'geekdom.'"