- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are distinct fields with their own definitions, traditions and employment needs.
- Because politicians, businesspeople and education professionals simplify when they communicate,
"STEM jobs" is the panacea for the world's economic ills.
Friday, February 7, 2014
Some Terms Engender Madness: A contest
As you all know, I hate what the term "STEM" has become. Let me resummarize my position:
(You can really see this now with the term "STEAM", where Arts is trying to get itself some sweet corporate/non-profit cash by hopping on the bandwagon.)
Because I really dislike this obfuscation, I've decided to do what I can to destroy the term "STEM" through the use of humor. I am offering a certificate, a handwritten thank you note, a box of the finest Chemjobber business cards and a bag of hard candies to anyone who comes up with (by acclamation) the best alternate ironic, sarcastic abbreviation* for STEM. A few that I've come up with on my own:
Stupid Terminology Excludes Medicine
Silly Thoughts Engineer Mendacity
Something That Excites Media
Stuff That Engineers Manufacture
Scientist Trends Exclude Money
Nominations/entries all week, I'll pick the 5 top ones next Friday morning and we'll vote then. Enter by e-mail, Twitter, comments on the blog, I'll take it all.