Understanding > Knowing
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (the “STEM” fields) are all inter-related — so much so that I argue that the goals of each are the same: to sufficiently understand something whereby you can fix, make better, and even create something new and exciting! Unfortunately, it’s that understanding part that seems to scare so many people away. But it doesn’t have to be that way!
I love learning, I love building, I love taking apart… I love understanding! Everything in life benefits from understanding concepts of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Benefits range from catching when someone is trying to take advantage of you, to making the right financial decisions for home-buying or retirement, to deciding if that new car really is worth the seller’s asking price.
I believe understanding is more important than knowing.
Making it Fun
As an Electrical Engineer, I have the privilege and opportunity to represent my field of study to others, including people I meet on a plane, my friends, my children, my friends’ children, people I meet online, and so on. Therefore I make it one of my personal goals to show them the excitement and opportunity that can be found in these areas. The simpler I can explain the concepts of a transistor, the better!
Always consider how to teach others what you learn. You may be one of the few in your field of study that actually understands it!
Where Do I Start?
Teaching and learning technology, engineering, or critical thinking skills isn’t hard, it just takes time and practice, just like riding a bicycle or playing tennis. The first thing to do is find the right place to start. For some, the right place to start may be Euclidean Geometry. For others, it may be Creative Writing. Find the right place to start, and the rest isn’t so scary.
Where Do I Go Next?
Here are just a few links to other sites that talk about STEM, but that only barely scratches the surface. Open your favorite search engine and type “STEM” and you’ll have plenty to keep you busy for a while..
As for me, I am leveraging the creative writing process in order to teach STEM skills to my kids. Below are a few pages that I’ve created to capture that approach in case anyone else finds it useful. Enjoy!
Now get out there and have some fun!