Friday Institute cross–talk sessions give its internal teams an opportunity to briefly share a portion of their work and stimulate discussion across all teams at the Friday Institute and College of Education to further collaborations, introduce new concepts, address research design problems and more. This month, the Innovations in STEM Education group will have a lively discussion of factors that contribute to STEM career aspirations. During the session, they will share research on successful strategies that improve STEM self efficacy, family habitus and career aspirations for underserved groups in STEM. Also, they will highlight research that is investigating life-long STEM identity and the role of virtual reality in the development of students’ concepts of size and scale. RSVP to Marjorie Santoro at firstname.lastname@example.org.