Sylvia Martinez created this wonderful slideshow as part of her participation in a panel at the Summit on Women and IT. The panel is titled “Tinkering: How Might ‘Making Stuff’ Influence Girls’ Interest in STEM and Computing?” and the Summit is happening this week in NYC. She writes (emphasis mine):
School only honors one type of design and problem-solving methodology, the traditional analytical step-by-step model. It ignores other problem-solving styles that are more non-linear, more collaborative, more artistic, etc. These styles are seen as “messy” or “soft” with the implication that they are not reliable. However, who do we lose when we ignore, or worse, denigrate alternative styles of problem-solving. I think one answer may be “girls” but honestly, it’s broader than that. We lose all kinds of people who are creative, out-of-the-box thinkers. And these are exactly the people I want solving the problems we face in the 21st century.
Teaching a tinkering model of problem-solving is good for girls because it’s good for everyone.