‘Choice of Education’ (Velgriktig) is a national website launched in 2009 that aims to inform young people, their parents and teachers about STEM education and careers. The website was developed following focus group research carried out by the National Centre for Science Recruitment (NCR) that showed that young people in Norway are insufficiently informed about the prerequisites (in terms of high school topics) of STEM higher education and pathways to STEM careers. The ‘Choice of Education’ website makes this information available for teachers and students in a clear and concise way.
The main objective of the ‘Choice of Education’ project is to provide information about which STEM-courses (secondary education) are required to enter various college and university programmes as well as to show students the opportunities that STEM degrees offer, inspiring them to choose STEM subjects and careers. ‘Choice of Education’ directly contributes to the objectives of ‘Close to STEM’ (the Norwegian national STEM strategy) of the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training (see background documents).