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Rachel Lehmann-Haupt

Senior Editor, TED Books, TED Books


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How can we make science, technology, engineering, and math education more fun for kids? Join our live Q&A on February 13th at 3PM Eastern

In "Save Our Science: How to Inspire a New Generation of Scientists," Yale professor Ainissa Ramirez makes an impassioned call for a recommitment to improve science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in our schools and throughout our society. She describes what habits we need to change to make STEM fun again, as well as a plan for how to increase every child’s participation in these disciplines.

Ramirez notes that the artist Pablo Picasso once said that all children are born artists and that the trick is to stay that way as an adult. She believes that all children have an inner scientist within them, and we need to get them in touch with their inner scientist again.

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    Feb 13 2013: Yes, that was exciting! Why is it so important to get kids going to with STEM in pre-school?
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      Feb 13 2013: STEM from a business case is important, since most of the jobs of the 21st century will have some math or scientific skill needs. But, STEM is much much more than that. I would say that it is important for human development. Being curious and learning by trial and error is what we do as children to discover and learn. But, the way that we teach does not allow children to learn via these modes. STEM is inherently about using one's curiosity to explore and exercises this muscle for human development.

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