If you had to guess where in the world kids are the most enthusiastic about science and technology, you might figure that places like Norway and Japan would seriously outdistance, say, Uganda and Botswana. If you did, you’d have it exactly backwards. An article in the new online journal Science in School reports on a study of teenagers in 35 countries.
Across a variety of measures, kids in poorer countries — those whose economies depend much less on science and technology — had a much more optimistic attitude about science than kids in wealthier nations.
Take a look at this figure showing the responses to the question “I would like to become a scientist”:
The results are quite dramatic. I’d recommend reading the entire article (via Scientifically Minded).