Thursday, 7 March 2013

'Did you know you shouldn't shove your head up a particle accelerator?'

The final STEM lecture!

I have dragged Shark, Squirrel and Tiger to these Thursday lectures at a local school since last December, and we have attended every one, so yay us!

My knowledge has come on quite a bit since then.

Admittedly, at first I had to learn what STEM actually meant. It stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. I think. I can understand they want an acronym. I mean, STEM is easier to say than ETMS. And maybe the word STEM suggests something foundational but aspirational in a sciency sort of way. Whereas SMET sounds like a mild profanity.

Anyway, I am assuming Shark, Squirrel and Tiger also know a great deal more than when they started.

Like, what not to do with a particle accelerator; how to cure scurvy; how to poison people; whether the word orangutan tastes bitter when it wanders about the house wearing yellow trousers; that Incredible Journey was all true; and how to find life on other planets.

This is all handy knowledge. I am sure it will contribute both to their specific studies of physikywotnots, and furnish them with a wide and engaging general understanding about the working of the world. Especially useful when they are sat round a dinner table and need to jump in to fill an awkward lull in the conversation.

Go on, there are ways to enjoy STEM.

1 comment:

Irene said...

Not so trivial information is always handy to have around. It makes you look smart and helps you understand the world and the universe you live in better. There is nothing as off putting as ignorance.