On Wednesday’s NewsHour, science correspondent Miles O’Brien looks at a growing effort to get kids more enthused about science, engineering and math: “Maker Faire” in San Mateo, Calif. It’s an event where scientists, engineers and builders converge every year to celebrate building cool things, and a playful love of invention.
U.S. students have been lagging behind internationally, when it comes to science and math education. So far behind, it’s been called a STEM crisis. (STEM is short for science, technology, engineering and math.)
While at the Maker Faire, Miles caught up with Adam Savage, co-host of “Mythbusters,” whose work is as close to the “Make” ethos as you can get.
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