- Why Girls Don’t Go Into Computer Science (Infographic) (acthompson.net)
- How Girls Hold Themselves Back from Pursuing Computer Science [INFOGRAPHIC]
In our Introduction to Engineering course (PLTW) we studied the evolution of products using the toothbrush as an example. Here’s an interesting update on that common object and how/why people still can innovate around it. A good example to prime the pump for identifying a problem to solve in our senior projects class.
There was an informative piece on NPR radio August 9 that addresses the challenge, Why Aren’t More Girls Attracted To Physics? A new study points to the crucial importance of local community role models—women in STEM fields–in influencing the choices younger women are making about STEM education and careers.
It’s awkward: I always feel creepy when I attend school and community events with my students and try to recruit more girls for STEM programs at my school, “Hey little girl… ” eeeew!!). And it also sounds weird when I say “I’m looking for women… ” But I am! I am seeking women (see, doesn’t that seem awkward?) to serve as mentors for my pre-engineering and robotics classes at my school.
Mechatronics integrates a number of technical disciplines to create “robots”-electro-mechanical machines/systems that perform work.
While engineers design these systems, it takes skillful technicians to operate, maintain and repair these “robots.” This link leads to one of the few community college programs in the country that offers a degree in Mechatronics. Locally Clark College has recently added mechatronics courses .
“A 17-year-old girl from New Jersey invents an inexpensive and portable electrocardiogram that transmits data via cellular networks.”
Be sure to identify the problem being solved here. And watch the interviews. Inspirational!
Needs versus Wants and Planned Obsolescence:
Do you really need that upgrade? Do you really believe in green consumerism?
In 2007, Americans upgraded their phones every 18.7 months on average; three years later, that number had stretched to 21.1 months. In Finland (home to Nokia among other technology companies), people now wait 74.5 months to upgrade, compared with 41.8 months in 2007.
I push my students hard to develop the “soft skills” needed in today’s highly competitive global economy. Here’s a great article that underscores several of my classroom expectations: