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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: Hello.
    I am using LEGO® elements to teach different aspects of STEM to home school students. They have fun building and learn how the model they just built relates to things they have experienced in the real world. If time permits, I challenge them to alter what they have built to create something bigger / more powerful / faster. They have fun and learn at the same time.
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      Feb 13 2013: Fun is key. they don't know that they are learning something that their friends say is boring. Keep it up!. And I heart legos.
      • Feb 13 2013: Finding what drives someone is another key. It can be used to challenge someone to explore a subject further. Having fun makes it less like work.
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          Feb 13 2013: I hav found there is two ways to get kids excited about something: 1. Find what they are passionate about, or 2. Be passionate about something and infect them with your excitement. Passion is contagious.

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