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Rachel Lehmann-Haupt

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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: Anissa - Maybe you want to talk a little about why STEM is taught wrong and how that can be improved? I have a memory as a child of creating a styrofoam model of the planets - it was so much fun to paint them and so creative, but this was science!
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      Feb 13 2013: I think you hit it on the head, if children are having fun while they are learning it isn't drudgery. that is why I suggest we have science classes that are focused on projects that are important to students. They will learn the math and physics needed because they can see its relevance and will be willing to do the hard work to be successful. you can see this in the robotics competitions that are happening. Kids are working hard and love it.

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