Save Our Science: How to Inspire a New Generation of Scientists

Save Our Science: How to Inspire a New Generation of Scientists

by Ainissa Ramirez
     
 
The 21st century requires a new kind of learner � not someone who can simply churn out answers by rote, as has been done in the past, but a student who can think expansively and solve problems resourcefully. In order to solve the complex problems of tomorrow, the traditional academic skills of reading, �riting, and �rithmetic must be replaced with creativity,

Overview

The 21st century requires a new kind of learner � not someone who can simply churn out answers by rote, as has been done in the past, but a student who can think expansively and solve problems resourcefully. In order to solve the complex problems of tomorrow, the traditional academic skills of reading, �riting, and �rithmetic must be replaced with creativity, curiosity, critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration skills � skills inherent in scientific research. 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: �The artist Pablo Picasso once said that all children are born artists and that the trick is to stay that way as an adult. I believe that all children have an inner scientist within them, and we need to get them in touch with their inner scientist again.� In Save Our Science she shows us how.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940015943818
Publisher:
TED Conference, LLC
Publication date:
01/25/2013
Series:
TED Conferences , #29
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
981,718
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Ainissa Ramirez, Ph.D., (@blkgrlphd) is a science evangelist who is passionate about getting the general public excited about science. Before taking on this calling, she was an associate professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at Yale University. Technology Review, the magazine of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), named her as one of the world�s 100 Top Young Innovators for her contributions in transforming technology. She has been profiled by the New York Times, Discover and, Fortune magazines, ESPN, CNN, and numerous scientific magazines (Scientific American, R&D Magazine, Materials Today, and Chemical & Engineering News). A staunch advocate for improving the public�s understanding of science, her talk at TED on the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education generated widespread enthusiasm. At Yale, she was the director of the award-winning science lecture series for children called Science Saturdays, and she hosts two popular-science video series called Material Marvels and Science Xplained.

She speaks nationally on the importance of making science fun and has served as a science advisor to the American Film Institute, WGBH�s Nova, and several science museums. She has written as a science correspondent for Time magazine�s Washington, D.C., bureau. Currently, she is co-authoring a book with Allen St. John on the science behind football, called Newton�s Football, for Random House.

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