February 2013: Ramirez/Save Our Science

SAVE OUR SCIENCE: HOW TO INSPIRE A NEW GENERATION OF SCIENTISTS
Ainissa Ramirez
TED Books, Jan 28, 2013, $2.99
ISBN: 978-1-937382-29-2

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Ramirez writes:

Last year, I got an email from TED asking “was I ready to give the talk of my life?” First, I felt elation with the invitation to speak, and then fear. What was I going to talk about? After some reflection, it dawned on me that the most important talk of my life should not be about my research, but about why we need to improve every child’s access to fun and engaging science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). In my seven-minute TED talk, I showed that the 21st century needs students who can think expansively and solve problems resourcefully.

Ainissa Ramirez

My passion has always been to get kids excited about science. A few months after the talk, I got an email from TED inviting me to consider writing a TED book. They wanted short, edgy tomes that would help move the needle on my topic. I spent some time researching other books on the topic, and explored what I could do or say that would be different. I noticed that lots of books never told the full story of how we got to where we are, and how we can change it. Most books talk about how poorly we are doing in STEM, and suggest high-level solutions. I wanted to provide solutions that anyone at any level could do.

In Save Our Science: How to Inspire a New Generation of Scientists, I spell out my plan for how to make science more fun again, and how to make sure that everyone has access to STEM educational opportunities. As one can imagine, science communication has a tremendous role in keeping the general audience curious about the workings of our wonderful world. In my estimation, nurturing creative problem-solvers with STEM equips the next generation for this brave new world, and is the best legacy we can leave.

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