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ERIC Number: EJ1047557
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Helping STEM Take Flight
Scherer, Marge
Educational Leadership, v72 n4 p7-7 Dec 2014-Jan 2015
After watching a shirt being wafted into the air as it dries over a hearth, the tinkerer Joseph Montgolfier decides to try lighting a fire under a balloon--and creates the first flying machine. After observing an art object swinging from a cathedral's ceiling, Galileo mulls over the mechanisms of a pendulum-driven clock--and produces one 50 years later. Adapting a wine press, Johannes Gutenberg invents the first printing press, which leads not only to the rise of a newly literate class, but later to their increased need for spectacles. A group of Murano glass blowers expelled from Venice because of the fire hazards from their furnaces collectively learns so much about the properties of glass that, eventually, future scientists, mathematicians, technologists, and engineers acquire the know-how to build spectacles, microscopes, telescopes, and cameras that can even take pictures of the moon. These scenarios depicted on recent PBS science documentaries dramatically illustrate both the light-bulb moments of discovery and the years of systematic exploration that have led to the innovations that are now taken for granted. An interesting takeaway is how discoveries morph into other discoveries; geniuses and countless unknown collaborators depend on one another to make unanticipated connections among science, technology, engineering, and math--as well as many other areas of study, including the arts and literature. With all the complex problems in need of solutions today, one cannot help but hope that today's students will follow in these innovators' footsteps. This issue of "Educational Leadership" addresses the growing STEM education movement (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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