I like how Einstein in a Box blends science and art activities together through drawing, journaling and critical thinking. To truly have an edge in the global economy, we must have our children develop well-rounded skills in all areas of business.
For some reason I thought this article was going to be about a virtual 3D Einstein teaching kids about STEM. I was wrong but not disappointed as the program is certainly gaining momentum around the globe and spinning-off other initiatives like hacker camps for aspiring coders.
Excellent post Elaine. Very interesting. I agree with your comments wholeheartedly. The future of our economy lies with advancements in technology yet, I certainly agree that a well-rounded individual needs an understanding of the arts. One definitely complements the other. I continue to be appalled at how we have lost our edge when it comes to teaching STEM subjects to middle-school and high school students. There seemingly is no real interest on their part relative to science and technology, at least for some students. I feel it lies in the way the subjects are presented in the classroom environment. Technology can be exciting when coupled with creativity and invention. Kids are naturally creative and teaching must exploit and build upon that fact. Your project seems to address just that and I certainly feel it is one way to regain our "edge". The very best of luck to you. Great post.
It's always good to see this; and, I congratulate others who have the good sense to pursue the best interests of the future through our young. I personally though would like to see educational outreach to the management class and corporatists. Too often we see the rewards going to the most risk-adverse and shortsighted in the management class. These folks need to be educated as well. Given the current health of the planet, I think sooner rather than later!
This does sound like an interesting new educational material resource. It will be very interesting to observe the system's effectiveness as time passes. I look forward to hearing more about this product and it's results in the future.
Interesting article! Calls to the fundamental nature of clear thinking and how it impacts the real-life, day-to-day activities we engage in...like raising our children well. As a parent using science (mechanical engineering) raising elementary school age children I take to heart anything that impacts their future.
I would like to see a great deal more STEM used in articles like this one. for example, in Science the fundamental principles demand that the assumptions are supportable. That is not the case here. The US. Dept. of Labor quoted as a source here reports ~8% unemployment, when it has been statistically verified to actually be between 14% and 22% conservatively. If one thing is wrong, then ALL things related to MATH must be considered wrong, i.e., the numbers of projected STEM-focused careers.
Even if the reported employment numbers are true, these jobs would never be filled by first-generation science students at top wages from the United States, rather, they will be allocated to foreign students via visas for 22 to 40% of US wages...as they have been for the past 40 years.
Nothing occuring in business will alter that fact.
Objectivity (the guiding principle of Science), dictates that founding a direction for children based on the opinions of outside entities is no more supportable than what you have formulated within yourself. The fact is, economically, STEM activities will come from beyond the borders of the United States, just as it has been...I know...cause I did the Math.
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