An Education in Technology?

The previous episode is here:
In 2010, we asked our participants “Australians and other people from all over the world are super keen to get technology into their hands as soon as it is released, and yet, do they understand how it works? Do people understand technology? Can you even get an education in technology (circa 2010)? Are we heading towards a technological blackhole when it comes to the youth of today? With mass consumerism, complexity and integration as major factors, kids these days appear not to be interested in learning about “how things work” … or are they? The rise of community run learning centres such as “Hackerspaces” have helped many people to get started in ‘electronics’ by helping them to build a robot, a 3D printer or other CNC machine. Many schools run activities programs that provide mechanisms for a motivated teacher to teach programming and electronic skills to primary and high school students. Despite this, many students never get to experience the thrill of wiring up a circuit, soldering and programming a robot or coding a game because its seen as too hard, too complex and “someone else does that for a living”. With electronics so prevalent in our society, so pervasive in every part of human existence, why is it so few of us want to learn and understand it? Electronics is probably the most empowering innovation in human history allowing us to do incredible things in science, medicine, exploration, communications, transportation etc. The list is endless and without it, we would all be back to the victorian era, where life expectancy was shorter, work hours longer and the sharing of knowledge much slower.

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I wish to express my thanks to all those that participated in the making of this episode. Thank you for allowing the context of the times to be brought to light and to help visually showcase a very important step in our technological history.

In a future episode, we will look at the current state of education, the challenges facing educators in deciding what to teach, what to drop, in an effort to rationalise the fundamentals of technology.

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