Educational Technology

September 29, 2011

How do we inspire the next generation of technology pioneers?

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:40 am

by Deanne Bell, Post-Standard

Technology and innovation are at the heart of Syracuse’s history. But the big question is — how do we keep that innovation going? How do we inspire the next generation of technology pioneers? With every ounce of enthusiasm I have, it’s my goal to spark excitement about one subject in particular — engineering. I’m frequently asked about my thoughts on women in engineering, or how we can encourage more students to pursue STEM careers (STEM is short for science, technology, engineering, and math). I don’t claim to have the answer, but I do know quite a lot about one little girl’s journey to become a woman in engineering. That little girl was me. When most people think of creative jobs, they think of art. When I think of creative jobs, I think of engineering. Technologies that we accept as commonplace today exist solely because someone had the creativity to imagine them. That “someone” is often an engineer. If you think engineers are uncreative, you are wrong — very, very wrong. The beauty of engineers is that we not only have the creativity to hatch an idea on a napkin, but we also have the know-how to take it through a detailed process to completion.

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