Our daughter just started kindergarten. I’m still trying to figure out how that happened so fast.
In the first week, we met with her teacher and at one point she asked us, “What do you want your daughter to get out of this year?” One of the first things that popped into my head was an appreciation for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not expecting our 5 year old daughter to come out of Kindergarten with a PhD. It’s not that I don’t think she could. She’s brilliant, of course, but … oh, never mind…
…and it’s not because I expect her to be a doctor, an engineer or scientist. Any of these would be great IF that’s what SHE wants to do. It simply comes down to me wanting her (and our son) to always view the world around her with curiosity, with a desire to understand it and not just accept what’s presented at face value, and to embrace the process of learning. Is STEM the only path that will get her there? Probably not, but, in my opinion, learning to appreciate and enjoy STEM encourages all these things and sets a mindset to always look beyond what you know and to see what else you can find out.
It was with that in mind that I watched the TED talk below and why it struck such a chord. As it turns out, while I’ve been thinking about how to instill these things in our kids, our kids have been applying the principles of science to learn since their earliest days. It comes in the form of play and games! That’s right! Our kids have been running experiments right under our noses for years. They’re not throwing your brand new iPhone 6 into the toilet because it’s fun! It’s science! (I’m not fully convinced either). I can’t wait to find out their hypotheses behind the daily 5:30 am wake up experiment! Good times.
Anyway, in this inspiring TED talk, neuroscientist Beau Lotto, with the help of 12-year-old Amy O’Toole and 25 of her classmates, shows that the best scientists may in fact be kids. I still believe that an effort needs to be made to get kids involved in and enjoying science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (especially the girls but that’s a different post altogether) but perhaps it’s time I started asking my kids more questions.
First question: How do you program this iWatch?
Second: Why do I feel so old?
Enjoy and happy memories!
Blinkbuggy COO, Husband to Founder, and excited to see what my kids will teach me.