Educators, technologists, and politicians all worry about the future of the American student. Less and less American college students are interested in math and science while their international peers are excelling in those critical fields. Fostering a generation of thinkers, tinkerers, inventors, scientists, and medical innovators is as important to national security as any national defense budget. So as we struggle to figure out how to get kids more interested in math and science, some clever people are already creating solutions. The key to fostering key critical thinking skills and a properly wired brain is START EARLY. It’s no secret that childhood stimulation is key to brain development.
Behold a recently funded kickstarter project called ATOMS, “ATOMS are a system of plug-n-play sensors, motors, and logic blocks for kids and adults to make things that can do amazing thing.” Not THIS is how you inspire the engineer and scientist of the future, make learning fun, cool, and challenging. Read more.
What’s more you can control and interact with your creations via any IOS device. Talk about cool and innovative! You can also attach the ATOM bricks to existing toys, legos or virtually anything.
To highlight the claims I made earlier: A report in 2012 by Harvard University’s Program on Education Policy and Governance found that US students aren’t progressing to catch up to their foreign peers. See the infographic below, the USA ranks 31st and 23rd in Math and Science respectively even with a the 2nd highest starting teacher salaries in the world. You can read the entire story here.
Don’t you wish you had some of these to blow up you Lego Deathstar when you were a kid? I sure do. It’s projects like these that will inspire the next generation of engineers, scientists, and mathematicians. Perhaps, even save the country.
1) be able to tie knots
2) do a pull up
3) be able to wield an axe bat
4) be able to operate a bow
5) look good while doing any of the above
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David’s role in Prometheus.
Talk about aweful. Saw it in IMAX 3D the other day and thank sweet baby jesus I did because if it wasn’t for the awesome visuals I would have thrown something at the screen.
Because everyone needs a theme song during the zombie apocalypse
Today is the day to get out and do something.
Today is the day to try something new.
Today is the day to challenge yourself.
Today is that day.
This is pretty insane. This 69 year old retired trucker drove around with his left side (window side) of his face much more exposed to the sun than his right side. Where’s my sunblock…
Workaholics: Best of 2011
SO UNDER RATED!!
The first look at Baz Luhrman’s trailer for his 3-D version of The Great Gatsby has been released!
What I think is a better version: “In the depth of the coldest winter I found there was within me an invincible summer.”
Recently read this awesome book of apocalyptic stories. There are some freakin’ crazy things in here and if you like the genra, you’re going to love this anthology.
Anyway, found one of the online for free. It’s based on sysadmins and the internet in all her glory. It’s called: When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth by Cory Doctorow.
Check this thing out if you have some time.
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