PROVIDENCE – New York Hall of Science President Margaret Honey recently told a packed room of educators, business leaders and policymakers at the 2014 conference of the R.I. STEM Center that conventional approaches for engaging young scientists and designers are simply not working.
Honey bemoaned the tradition of teaching science as a memorization exercise, where students read a chapter and answer questions at the end. “That is so not what STEM is about,” she said.
As keynote speaker for the May 30 conference “Creating Rhode Island’s Future: Building Capacity for STE[A]M,” Honey explained that successfully engaging the next generation in STEM – also known as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – is critical to the future of our workforce.
“That’s where the jobs are,” she said. •