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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: Can you point to any books that are doing it right that can be used in schools?
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      Feb 13 2013: I actually think we should do away with the book and get kids to do project and the link. But, at the college level there are books like "Chemistry in Context". Instead of learning things by rote, you see what the principle you are learning would be of use. Like, I need to know how to balance an equation because it teaches me how to remove Arsenic from water, which is a poison. Stuff like that make chemistry alive. And, that is what it is alive.

      So, the short answer is that books that put things in context are a good way to go, but the best bet is to teach STEM by getting hands dirty.

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