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Save Our Science: How to Inspire a New Generation of Scientists (Kindle Single) (TED Books Book 29) [Kindle Edition]

Ainissa Ramirez
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In Save Our Science: How to Inspire a New Generation of Scientists, Yale professor Ainissa Ramirez makes an impassioned call for a recommitment to improve science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in our schools and throughout our society. She describes what habits we need to change to make STEM fun again, as well as a plan for how to increase every child’s participation in these disciplines. The 21st century requires a new kind of learner — not someone who can simply churn out answers by rote, as has been done in the past, but a student who can think expansively and solve problems resourcefully. In order to solve the complex problems of tomorrow, the traditional academic skills of reading, ’riting, and ’rithmetic must be replaced with creativity, curiosity, critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration skills — skills inherent in scientific research.


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About the Author

Ainissa G. Ramirez, PhD, (@ainissaramirez) is dedicated to making science fun for people of all ages. She is the author of the TED Book 'Save Our Science' based on her TED talk on improving science education. Before that, she was a popular engineering professor at Yale University. Prior to working at Yale, she was a research scientist at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, in Murray Hill, NJ. She received her PhD from Stanford University in materials science & engineering and holds several patents, one of which was awarded MIT's top 100 young innovators award.

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  • File Size: 910 KB
  • Print Length: 66 pages
  • Publisher: TED Conferences (January 28, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B7B0G32
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,977 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The system is broken and the time is now ... January 31, 2013
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I'm a product of the school system Ms. Ramirez discusses in Save Our Science. I loved science, but didn't particularly enjoy school. I got a Computer Science degree and loathed nearly every minute of my time at University. To the point that I decided I'd never need my degree (a useless piece of paper) and took an entrepreneurial path to life.

The system is broken.

If you're a parent, teacher, student, or human you need to understand the message in Save Our Science and do something to fix it. We're failing our current and future generations, but all hope is not lost. Ms. Ramirez has a plan and we'll do well to embrace and tinker with it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great short read! February 23, 2013
By Scott
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This is a great short book written by someone who should actually be making decisions about education. She gives great overviews of the things that Americans could change inside AND outside the classroom. She even gives some bullet points for different groups (teachers, parents, cities) at the end of the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read February 23, 2013
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There were so many great ideas shared in this work! A must-read for educators and those wanting to be on the front lines of education reform!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Save our science September 27, 2013
By Mario
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Interesting but takes the issue lightly. Probably suited to a general audience but not to teachers specialists in teaching science
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4.0 out of 5 stars Persuasive Plea for Action June 24, 2013
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Save Our Science: How to Inspire a New Generation of Scientists by Ainissa Ramirez

"Save Our Science" is an inspirational plea to a new vision of science education in the United States. Yale professor Ainissa Ramirez, Ph.D., makes the persuasive plea for a science education that stresses creativity, curiosity, critical thinking, and collaboration skills. Doctor Ramirez is a staunch advocate of science and educating the public at large. This stimulating 66-page book covers many topics on how to improve science education.

Positives:
1. Engaging, inspirational tone.
2. An important topic in the hands of a gifted scientist and educator.
3. The inspirational plea for improved science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.
4. Interesting facts. "It has been predicted that in the U.S., the growth of STEM-related jobs will nearly double the number of non-STEM jobs from 2008 to 2018, at a rate of 17 percent."
5. Good use of charts to illustrate points.
6. The alarming decline of science. Bad politics that hurt our science education.
7. Interesting history. "Getting STEM back on track wasn't easy then, but we did it because we were inspired by President John Kennedy's famous words when he reaffirmed a desire to put a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s."
8. Girls and science. Interesting insights and debunking myths.
9. Race and science. A sensitive topic handled with mastery.
10. Practical recommendations that resonate. "Standardized testing teaches skills that are counter to skills needed for the future, such as curiosity, problem solving, and having a healthy relationship with failure."
11. Failure in science, or is it?
12. The importance of making STEM fun. Practical advice for educators.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She knows what Shes talking about! March 22, 2013
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This isn't touchy feely -- it's quantitative and well thought out with thoughtful and sound recommendations. I admire Dr. Ainissa Ramirez greatly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Call to Action March 10, 2013
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Excellent summary of the status of STEM education and especially the dearth of women and underrepresented minorities who pursue careers in many STEM fields. Well articulated call to action.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-opening March 5, 2013
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Great read! Dr. Ramirez shares her extraordinary insight into our educational system as someone who has been both a student and a teacher. As a child of schoolteacher parents, I know there are many excellent, creative and committed teachers out there trying to get kids interested in science. But as a nation we clearly need to do better. This book is a wake up call to action and offers hope for the future of STEM education.

Strongly recommended for all parents and educators.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas to change a communities mindset. Today's the day to get...
As a science department chair with 22 years of science teaching experience, I was inspired by ideas Ainissa has given in her book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Anita
5.0 out of 5 stars save our science
Easy to read and sums up in a concise manner what is wrong with eduction. It also provides a blueprint to correct what is wrong. The blueprint is low cost. Read more
Published 3 months ago by S. Devine
3.0 out of 5 stars Passionate Call for STEM
I appreciate Dr. Ramirez' passion and enthusiasm for STEM. I wish mention of the common cores standards including the Next Generation Science Standards had occurred. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dan.
4.0 out of 5 stars succinct, readable, and motivational
I have been teaching 8th grade science for 12 years and there was stuff in here that was new and fresh. Read more
Published 4 months ago by John Baglio
4.0 out of 5 stars Dan smith
Good and quick read with specific actions you can implement to support STEM education. Also, the ideas can be generalized to support change in all educational practices.
Published 6 months ago by TungstenW
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas for all educators.
There is so much inspiration in this book for educators at all levels. I can't wait to get to work on planning STEM activities for the students at my school.
Published 8 months ago by CJ
5.0 out of 5 stars SOS
Great fun, and very informative as well as amusing. highly recommend this book!TED talks are enjoyable, and in this format, easier to keep track of
Published 9 months ago by L belmarce bannon
3.0 out of 5 stars More for public policy makers that can influence curriculum changes...
I was hoping for something that was more of a guide for parents to help their kids become interested in science and encourage their schools to do more. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Paloma Blanca
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Even Better Brain Food
This book was thought provoking and provided some much needed reassurance in validating my classroom observations. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Keri Lamle
5.0 out of 5 stars A (Teacher) Must Read
Whether you're curiously desiring to make your classroom more STEM friendly, or needing affirmation that "flipping" your classroom was the right call, read "Save Our Science." Dr. Read more
Published 11 months ago by cjwetzler
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More About the Author

Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D., is dedicated to making science fun for people of all ages. She co-authored (with Allen St. John) Newton's Football: The Science Behind America's Game (Random House); and, authored Save Our Science: How to Inspire a New Generation of Scientists (TED Books). Ramirez was a popular engineering professor at Yale University. She received her PhD from Stanford University in materials science & engineering and holds several patents, one of which was awarded MIT's top 100 young innovators award. Prior to working at Yale, she was a research scientist at Bell Laboratories, Lucent Technologies, in Murray Hill, NJ. She has served as a science advisor to the American Film Institute, WGBH/NOVA, and has written for Time magazine.


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