I am a STEM person, and so are you!

Hello Friends!

I am a STEM person, and I’m positive that you are too!

At my place of employment, we have an event each year to host girls from a couple of local schools for an “Introduce –a –Girl to Engineering Day”. This past year, one of the focuses of the event was to introduce the idea that we are all STEM people (again, STEM stands for Science Technology Engineering and Math). I wanted to share this idea with you all, as I think it is a very important one we don’t often consider!

You may wonder: how could I be a STEM person if I have no interest in becoming an Engineer, Mathematician, or Scientist? (just to name a few..) My answer to you – because STEM is all around us and involved in everything you do on a daily basis!! Yep, that’s right. I will even challenge you to think about any hobby or interest that you may have, and realize the ways in which engineering and science is involved in that interest! If you like to cook, play music, play sports, you are a STEM person! Not only are you a STEM person for creating chemical reactions and concoctions while cooking, or creating melodious sound waves and (mathematical) signals while playing music, or proving physics principles and projectile motion while playing sports, but you can also learn to appreciate the many types of STEM professionals who had to design, build and test the equipment and tools used for those activities. Isn’t that just fascinating?? I sure think it is…  

I’ve compiled a list of what I think are a few great resources that you can look to if you are curious about STEM fields and engineering. If you or someone you know wants to learn more but doesn't know where to look, or wants to prepare for a future career in STEM, check some of these out. On that note, if you know of any other great websites or resources to refer to, I'd love to hear about them! (I'm sure there are many others, I've just listed a few here)

So, friends, I will leave you today with this thought: don’t forget to think about the STEM that’s all around you and challenge yourself to wonder, how am I a STEM person? You may just be surprised and intrigued by a new, interesting type of engineering that you never knew existed! Who knows?! Any questions or comments… feel free to leave me a message or comment! 

Let's Start the Tech Talk...

Hello friends, fellow book lovers, and future engineers!

I was indulging in one of my favorite pastimes one afternoon [reading, naturally], when I came across a passage in my book that jumped out at me: 

"Despite the enormous importance of engineers and inventors in making our daily life what it is, history does not tell much about them. The earliest historical records were made by priests praising their gods and poets flattering their kings. Neither cared much about such mundane matters as technology. 

As a result, ancient legend and history are one-sided. We hear much about mighty kings and heroic warriors, somewhat less about priests, philosophers, and artists, and very little about the engineers who built the stages on which these players performed their parts. The warriors Achilles and Hector were celebrated in song and story - but the forgotten genius, who, about the time of the siege of Troy, invented the safety pin, lies wholly forgotten. Everybody has heard of Julius Caesar- but who knows of his contemporary Sergius Orata, the Roman building contractor who invented central indirect house heating? Yet Orata has affected our daily lives far more than Caesar ever did." - L. Sprague De Camp, The Ancient Engineers

Before reading this passage, it had not occurred to me that this simple reason could be one of the culprits for a lack of conversation about engineering and technical subjects. A logical solution that came to mind to help rectify this situation, was to start writing!

As an engineer with a love for robotics, innovation, gadgets, and history, I am fascinated by technological accomplishments of today and the past. Here in this blog, I hope to share with you interesting stories of technological accomplishments and my musings related to engineering and STEM fields! (STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

Don't worry!! Though I like Math, I will not scare any of you with its complications in this blog. I will merely share anecdotes with you related to its importance and practical use! (in my own personal opinion, of course) Hopefully, you all will find these stories I come across in my reading, research, and travels just as interesting as I do. Let's try and prove that Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math is simply FASCINATING, shall we??  

Stay tuned for more!!  Talk to you soon...