Relevant Skills: It’s All Relative #MakerEducation
Cool new article from the Scientific American Blog on the varied – and sometimes surprising – skills scientists need to employ for their research.
If you ask a kid what skills a scientist needs, they might mention math or chemistry. Maybe they will get really creative and mention digging up bones. But many of the skills that scientists end up needing for their work can be a bit surprising – even to the scientist. While time at the bench or on a computer often plays a significant role in research life, preparing kids for a life in STEM often means being willing to take on the challenge of learning just about anything. Just a few examples include:
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