| More than a Numbers Game
Don't just give students basic chunks of knowledge. They need greater motivation.
By Tom Lee
“Recently I had the pleasure of being a judge at the national FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics competition in Atlanta. It casts the science of robotics into a team sport and encourages high schoolers to practice and learn about real science and engineering. Some 350 schools from around the world converged to pit their home-built robots against each other in a Jetson-esque basketball game. There I was in the mighty Georgia Dome surrounded by thousands of our brightest kids scrambling to reprogram a control algorithm or calibrate one thing or another.”
“Many of them had no special exposure to science or engineering prior to the competition. But they managed to grasp the essential and finer points of competing - not just the technology but the organizational and financial issues and even marketing concerns. The creativity, energy, and professionalism shown will serve them well. Spreading that kind of success throughout the educational system is the key to maintaining the nation's competitive edge.”
Excerpt taken from, “More than a Numbers Game”, University Business, July 2006.
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