Building the Next Generation of Innovators - SXSW session
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Do you believe the geek shall inherit the earth? Technology is changing our world and geeks are reaping the benefits. This innovation is built on a foundation of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This session addressed how can we get kids excited about math, make science cool and inspire kids to pursue careers in STEM. We need to cultivate innovation among youth to inspire them to develop STEM skills to be the problem solvers of the future.
We must focus on the long term to work on young people to go into STEM. Science and technology is more and more part of being a citizen. Companies, mentors, non-profits and government need to get involved.
- 80% of jobs in the next deacde will use math and science.
- Over 60% of middle school kids would rather take out the rubbish than do their math and science homework.
- Kids need to learn how to collaborate and innovate in the classroom. Hands on practical experience.
- Don’t tell students what they can’t do
- Don’t lecture about technology do it first, get hands on and make it fun. For example, developing Robots like FIRST team.
- First team has 6 weeks to build a fully functional robot, produce a business plan and a plan on how to grow the business unit for the future.
- Role of the mentor is technical and making the team of students work together.
- After school STEM activities are very valuable. An example of this is Connect a Million Minds (CAMM).
- If you want to get involved, Go to a FIRST event. USFirst.com
Allison Rich, Senior at Anderson High School in Austin TX has chosen to pursue a career in engineering after becoming involved in FIRST. Here is the robot that Allison and her team developed. It is awesome