Advanced Computing in the Age of AI | Thursday, July 25, 2024

New Approach Required for Teaching STEM to Students? 

Efforts to interest young people in pursuing studies leading to a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) have taken many a turn over the years and drawn some harsh critical response. General Electric’s comic books from the mid-1950s were seen as corrupting the very students they sought to influence.

STEM dominated many a story in 2011, including here on the Digital Manufacturing Report.  And that’s not likely to change in 2012. It’s no secret that our kids are falling behind in math and sciences, and it seems the world is abuzz with ideas on how to remedy the situation.

Well, it may not be easy. According to the Washington Post’s “Ideas@Innovations” – STEM has always been difficult to promote to young people.

For example, in 1953, in order to engage students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, General Electric decided to begin printing comic books with titles such as “Adventures in Jet Power” and “Land of Plenty: A Story of Freedom and Power.”  Naturally, some members of the older generation believed comic books were “producing a crop of juvenile delinquents.”

Fast forward almost 60 years. These days the federal government is turning to video games to hook the younger generation on math and science and eliciting a similar response from crotchety critics.

Time will tell.