7 Sep 2007

Bringing up nerdy

Author: 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.

For example, ready to roll and already broadcasting is The Lab with Leo LaPorte (responsible for so many good (sometimes) tech podcasts) and the Labrats spinoff.

And for all thing Irish, I’ve already mentioned Intruders TV Ireland brought to us by Edgecast Media. Expand these interviews (or include them in a larger tech themed regular night and…

Would that help increase the size tech generation?

Just wondering,
Will

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3 Responses to “Bringing up nerdy”

  1. leftwingersaresad Says:

    get a life

  2. Ronan Says:

    I found this interesting…technology is a bigger driving force in culture than every rockstar and artist combined these days, (and I say that as someone with a vast interest in music)…but this is seldom acknowledged.

  3. cork-host Says:

    I think the acoustic boys (mostly) might not agree with you, but given the sheer nerdiness about speakers and old synths I hear… I’m agreeing with you there.

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