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WHY IS STEM BORING?

Despite several initiatives and millions of dollars of investment in both the K-12 and university level, STEM still lacks appeal. Why is STEM boring? STEM in general, but engineering and technology in particular, is more application-oriented and hands-on than most subjects. Therefore, STEM is supposed to be engaging and exciting…in theory. In fact, STEM subject areas emerged because of sheer


AN OPEN LETTER TO FAREED ZAKARIA IN DEFENSE OF STEM EDUCATION

Dear Fareed, I am a big fan of yours. I routinely watch your GPS Show on CNN and read your articles on international affairs with great interest. However, I am deeply disappointed by your recent column titled “Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous” in the Washington Post. Your column is simply misguided, and a plain insult to scientists,


RUNNING 50 MILES ACROSS THE GRAND CANYON

I never liked running. Basketball, soccer and tennis made sense to me because there were clear goals. Running seemed like a mindless activity. Running obviously is not a spectators’ sport. After all, who wants to watch someone running for hours? All this changed just four years ago when my daughter asked me to run a half-marathon with her.


WHAT’S UP WITH ‘CHICKS AND SCIENCE?’

February 22-28 is National Engineers Week. As we celebrate leaders in the field, we should ask ourselves: how are women doing in the engineering field? Recently, I came across a video in which someone asked a question to a panel of distinguished scientists: “what’s up with chicks and science?” America’s renowned astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, who was on the panel,

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