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Heather Knight, a roboticist (and phd student, and artist, and film festival entrepreneur…), is featured here, in this week’s Opinion pages of the NYTimes. Heather speaks about the universal appeal of robots, and why it’s a misconception that their image gets a bad rap:
I don’t think STEM has an image problem. Kids, adults and teenagers love technology. For many of us, our children ultimately teach us how to operate our devices at home. Gadgets are on our holiday gift lists. They are social symbols and communications tools. Millennials may not know how to strike up a conversation with another person at a party, but they have hundreds of Facebook friends.
Adding an “A” for arts to turn STEM into STEAM is even better. Mixing “left-brained” subjects with music, visual arts, and theater will equip modern technologists with the creativity we need to be successful. Engineers are no longer cogs in a machine where management defines their objective. We are starting companies, disrupting archetypes, changing society. And that requires reflection, daring and charisma…