Real world problems don't have perfect, textbook answers. Real world solutions have downsides as well as upsides. And complex, multifaceted problems such as those we are trying to tackle with AI and Data Science are going to need complex, multifaceted, and carefully tested solutions.
When kids see STEM skills as tools they can use to change the world, we're both empowering them to create positive change in their communities, and putting them in the drivers seat of the future. This is how we shift the numbers. This is how we get real diversity into STEM. And, incidentally, how we create critical, creative thinkers who can solve real problems.
What makes an online event worth attending? I've written ten key things that are important to get right. What would you add?
In December last year a journalist posted this graph to Twitter, with the caption: "This is what happens to your weight when you stop drinking.. (app on my phone tracks weight among other things via digital scales) Weight is the heavy blue line." This is what happens to your weight when you stop drinking -… Continue reading Can we actually read graphs?
The current debate between mastery and inquiry based learning misses the most important point: motivation. Working with teachers at all levels, I’ve found that kids who think that STEM is boring, irrelevant, and hard, suddenly engage with those same skills when it’s in the context of something real. Solving an authentic problem means the motivation is built in.