S.T.E.A.M. => Science, Technology, Engineering, Art (before), Math. I first heard this phrase and enunciation of our goals in education by Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin in 2016. The reason was NOT to pass more tests with better scores or worse. To have Daddy and Mommy bribe educators and coaches. But to actually improve America’s educational focus.
It was this focus that has given rise to new standards encompassed in NGSS, as part of a movement to allow the natural ability of kids as scientific beings.
It was a realization of what already existed. Most especially ART and CULTURE of Space Exploration. We need to fund it more, and realize free people do not go to space for the nice computers on-board, nor for the ability to do MORE Math. We, as a species, will live on the Moon; Mars; and in space, because it is a human-like. With culture and art. Doing culture and art.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson speaks about space as culture and why NASA is good for the nation, not just as an economic driver, but as a driver for dreams and innovation. Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson is the previous host of NOVA Science, then on PBS, and host of Cosmos on FOX. He is the Director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York.
Keynote speech given at the 28th National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, CO, USA, taking questions at the end.