Iron Man and Science

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    May 09, 2010 1:23 AM GMT

    I went to see Iron Man 2 today. One of the highlights of the movie is the science and technology aspects. I have also been following the need for science teachers and a revamping of science education, such as the following excerpt:

    The following is from The Crisis in Science Education:
    "One driver of emerging markets is innovation-based development in science and technology, and in this context, American innovation must be the means to maintain a leadership role. Yet America’s technical workforce is aging, and the number of students choosing careers in science and technology fields—and who are also U.S. citizens—is decreasing."


    And this article:

    http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/58930/title/Confronting_a_third_crisis_in_U.S._science_education_

    I wonder if the coolness of Iron Man, being intelligent and appreciating education, and his creating his own gadgets will make more kids want to take an interest in science. I was a teacher for six years and the bulk of my students said that they hated science.
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    May 09, 2010 3:58 AM GMT
    Well it made me want to go into mechanical engineering.

    EDIT: Then again I am Canadian so my post is kind of irrelevant.
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    May 09, 2010 4:39 AM GMT
    Absolutely, the U.S. is lagging in "STEM" (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education and it's a long term issue that is fundamental to our nation's ability to stay ahead.

    And yes, learning of all kinds needs to be fun. Science needs to be cool and fun and connected to real life...even abstract concepts.

    You're right on the money with your post and your observations.