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Think Before You Speak – why our choice of words matters when getting girls into STEM

When we say something using complicated, formal words, most people zone out. This happens in making, too. When girls are introduced to engineering with words like ‘computer science’,  ‘programming’, and ‘technology’, they show less interest than when they are introduced with terms like ‘fixing problems’, and ‘crafting’. This shows that the language that we use to describe things is very important. 

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AI – The Future of Making

As our world has become more reliant on technology, we have just begun to change certain practices. The way we manufacture is one example of this. Artificial intelligence and machine learning have begun to be implemented in the workplace in several ways, and have a positive outlook on the future.

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Complicated vs Casual – Getting Girls Involved in Science

When we say something using complicated, formal words, most people zone out. This happens in making, too. When girls are introduced to engineering with words like ‘computer science’,  ‘programming’, and ‘technology’, they show less interest than when they are introduced with terms like ‘fixing problems’, and ‘crafting’. This shows that the language that we use to describe things is very important. 

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Is American Society Subconsciously Playing Favorites?

In November 2018, several researchers from Harvard, MIT, and the London School of Economics published an extensive report titled “Who Becomes an Inventor in America? The Importance of Exposure to Innovation”. This report explores who become inventors in America and why they do. This ultimately looks to examine the individual people who become inventors, as opposed to the more widely available work on innovation on a very large scale. The researchers examined their question of “who becomes an inventor in America?” by focusing largely on the “nature versus nurture” idea and how certain factors of American society and culture make uncontrollable characteristics key players in whether a child becomes an inventor or not.

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I don’t know how I got good at it

In the current education system, children learn through a monotonous cycle of lectures and exams that leads to a state of disinterest. This indifference toward learning leads to a lack of creativity and innovative thinking that society arguably needs. Some may argue that this form of teaching is necessary for students to acquire new information. However, the “Hole in the Wall” experiment by Indian computer scientist and educational theorist Sugata Mitra has proven otherwise. 

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A father’s story of making

After teaching design to adult students at the University of Leeds, I realized although there are various parts to creating a design, having agency over the process so that it is true to your own idea is what truly makes it an incredible experience.

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