Sometimes it's cool to be a 'geek'
ColleenMcCretton 270002FD5R Visits (5011)
This past week I was on vacation with my family. We did Disney World, the Disney Cruise and a brief stop at Kennedy Space Center before heading home. We traveled with 5 families and with the outreach programs I do (I run e-Week programs at schools in my home town which shows kids that engineering jobs can be fun) they all know IBM. We saw IBM logos on cash registers, as sponsors of an exhibit at EPCOT and we even got a glimpse of a Maximo Work Order on a mobile device when we saw a technician at our hotel making a repair. My 9 year old daughter bragged to her friends about IBM and all the cool things we do and how much engineering there is at Disney and on a cruise ship. Even my 5 year old said when 'Splash Mountain' broke down 'Uh, Oh, get Maximo'.
My kids don't know exactly what I do, but they do know it is fun, creative and used in lots of places. They think technology is cool and see it in their future.
When I was a kid, science and technology were vague concepts. I had no idea what an important role they would play in my future. But I love what I do and that it lets me inspire my kids, at least a little bit.
Hopefully if you are having a day when technology is not being such a good friend, you will remember that what we do is cool. And in some cases it even can compete with Mickey Mouse, as evidenced by my daughter's favorite vacation photo - IBM jackets on the back of chairs from the Kennedy Space Center tour (please excuse the skills of our 9 year old photographer).