Bringing up nerdyAuthor: will | Filed under: edgecast, Intruders TV, Irish, mathematics, science, television
The leaving certificate results came out with a crisis. Too many people are not choosing honours maths.
The CAO / CAS results came out with a crisis. Too few people are choosing science and engineering courses.
If only we could make science sexy…
Well, we can’t. We can however make science a little more accessible. When I was young, computers were these strange untouchable standalone machines. Now… well the playstation generation is all grown up. No,it’s the Wii ones I’m wondering about. The intrigue of the machines has gone. The stories of new inventions are laid out in the papers.
That go unread by the target… kids.
Which is why I’m glad to hear that Tomorrow’s World is coming back to the BBC. The programme showcased pioneering science as well as inventions that never came into commercial use. It was a Top Gear for science, full of cool stuff and the vaguely silly.
However I think it inspired techie people in these islands. And I’m wondering if Irish TV (yes, sorry mass market and all that) should be showing more of this type of thing.
Would that help increase the size tech generation?
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