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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: true supporting teamwork should also be part of this learning process
    e.g. letting students who know teach others by explaining it in small groups
    and working in teams on creatively solving harder / more complex problems

    we cannot solve the big environmental and technological challenges of today
    (e.g. send people into space) without working together
    in a way that builds on the skills of everyone and allows learning from mistakes made...

    teachers should be pointing out mistakes as source of knowledge how it doesn't work

    "There are no mistakes. The events we bring upon ourselves, no matter how unpleasant, are necessary in order to learn what we need to learn; whatever steps we take, they're necessary to reach the places we've chosen to go." (Richard Bach)

    "Mistakes are healthy and allow for growth. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,
    but making a mistake is the truest form of originality." (Georgia J. Bonesteel)

    "Making mistakes, getting it almost right, and experimenting to see what happens
    are all part of the process of eventually getting it right." (Jack Canfield)

    "We can only learn from mistakes, by identifying them, determining their source, and correcting them... people learn more from their own mistakes than from the successes of others." (Russell L. Ackoff)

    "A sound discretion is not so much indicated by never making a mistake as by never repeating it."
    (Christian Nestell Bovee)

    "The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way." (Dale Carnegie)
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      Feb 13 2013: My own experience is that students teach each other better than instructors. Students are willing to be more vulnerable with each other, which is essential for learning. When the interface with a teacher, they feel like they are being evaluated. Not good.

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