Learning How to Think

You may have heard teachers tell you at one point or another that school “Teaches you how to learn”, and that may be true, but I think it should be much more than that. And, spoiler! It is.

You also may have heard the term STEM before: STEM career, STEM degree, STEM education. STEM is an acronym for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics. It encompasses a large part of the critical thinking jobs around today, jobs that are progressing mankind through boundaries never thought possible. From sending a rover to Mars to creating synthetic cells. They are also some of the highest paying jobs on the planet. That is why it is so vital to teach and get youth interested in these fields. And we see this almost everywhere, for example: the Maker Faire. The Maker Faire is an annual gathering of hackers and DIY fanatics. It brings together interesting projects and shows them to the world. All ages attend and become inspired by interesting STEM projects made by everyday people.

Oropallo Demo
Oropallo Demo

Some of the world’s biggest and most awe inspiring companies are specialized in a STEM branch. Google, for example, is creating the future of technology and the way we live, from self driving cars to wearable technology. Space X is a private company that specializes in (you guessed it) going to space. Whether that be humans or cargo, Space X is paving the way for the new era of commercial space travel, causing a significant increase in research and discoveries. Both of these companies are worth billions and are employing some of the smartest minds of our time. I believe MSEL is giving us the opportunity to learn these things before many other kids our age can.

Ms. Oropallo is teaching us how to actually create the things we visualize. Nothing is better than hands on experience and the MSEL engineering class has plenty of it. To start off the year Ms. Oropallo is having us create wooden spoons using tools like a chisel, sander, band saw, coping saw, scratch owl and countless others, teaching us how to use every one. We will over this year learn architecture, aerodynamics, and things like how to create a 3-D model using Adobe Inventor and how to draw up blueprints.

I’m looking forward to see what this class brings us and I’m glad we are getting a STEM education.


  1. I liked how you tied in the Maker Faire and Google with STEM education, because I think that a lot of people don’t really make that connection, which is why we don’t have as much STEM focus in schools (except MSEL, of course).

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