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  • Good morning John. Guess what's behind this thing? New York City!

  • And guess what's behind this thing? It's me. I'm at home again.

  • I was in New York because SciShow just got a big new sponsor, and we we doing press tours,

  • talking to people, anyone who would listen to us about science education and stuff.

  • You may have noticed that we've never, ever done a branded video here on Vlogbrothers-

  • this is not one of those. They don't know that I'm making this video.

  • Emerson, for the most part, makes stuff that you would never buy, unless you, like, own

  • a power plant, or a Fortune 500 company, or something.

  • And so the advertisements we're doing together aren't about getting people to buy their products,

  • because that's not the problem they have.

  • The problem they have is that they solve big engineering problems and big science problems

  • and to do that they need scientists and engineers.

  • And with not as many people graduating with so-called 'STEM degrees,' and more people

  • going to work for big new companies that you've heard of like Google and and SpaceX and Tesla,

  • they're a little worried.

  • And I share their worry, though for separate reasons. I don't hire engineer people- for

  • the most part, I hire humanities people. Like writers, and video editors, and artists, and

  • stuff.

  • I'm concerned because scientists and engineers solve a lot of the big problems that we need

  • to solve, like how do we get clean water to more people? And how do we continue to power

  • this amazing lifestyle that I get to lead without destroying the world?

  • So yeah, when this came to SciShow, I was like, "Oh, this makes sense, actually. We

  • will do that."

  • That STEM toolkit is a very valuable one, and one that is being developed less often

  • by people. And what I kept being asked by people on TV and radio was "Why? Why are fewer

  • people doing this?"

  • And I'm not an expert on that; I went through school one time. That's pretty much all my

  • data. But as with most things, my guess is it's a lot of different reasons.

  • And one reason is that I think it's really hard, and we just kind of sugarcoat it sometimes,

  • but it is hard, and that's huge amount of information to stick into your brain.

  • But I think, more than that, we're also told that there's a certain type of person who

  • becomes a scientist or an engineer, and they're just good at it. They're just good at math,

  • and they're good at science, and just engineering geniuses!

  • And that's a really dangerous myth, because everyone I know who went through a science

  • or engineering degree, it was really hard for them. It was really hard for me.

  • Nobody is born being good at math. I think some people are born really liking that challenge.

  • That's the thing that all of the scientists I know have in common.

  • Like, there's no other common trait amongst them. They're mothers and rock climbers and

  • punk rockers. Some are into politics, or sports, or spend their evenings on Tumblr.

  • The only thing they have in common is that passion for solving hard problems. And there

  • are certainly non-science problems that need to be solved as well. That's why I hire lots

  • of artists and animators and video editors and stuff.

  • I think often when we tell people to get into STEM careers, it's not because it's interesting

  • or fascinating or cool, it's because that's the best way to get a good job, so do that.

  • If you don't do this terribly difficult thing, then you will never get a good job. And I

  • think that's a terrible thing to do to a child, who is like fifteen years old. They're in

  • high school, and you're telling them, "Okay, just start panicking now. A decade before

  • you will be done learning all of these things."

  • That's-that's terrifying! We can't we, instead, treat this like every other big problem and

  • take it one step at a time, being driven by not the end goal, but by, you know, interests,

  • and fascinations along the way.

  • And I wanna say the most interesting toolkit you can have is one that includes both and

  • technology, engineering and liberal arts. That's the education I had, and I'm so grateful

  • for it.

  • Anyway, this really is a career path that's open to everyone. So that's why I was in New

  • York; I was doing things with them. And seeing lots of my friends and hanging out with cool

  • people, that was fun too.

  • The advertisement we made together, just encouraging people to be interested and fascinated by

  • science, is running now. There's also a link below -- you can see it on YouTube.

  • And if you're thinking to yourself, "Hank, you were in New York City and you did not

  • tell me and I did not get to see you that is so uncool," I was very busy.

  • But also, I will be back! In April! With Harry and the Potters, Driftless Pony Club, Andrew

  • Huang, Rob Scallon, playing music all, from like Chicago, all the way to New York, there's

  • like eight stops. You can check out more information in the link in the description. Tour Because

  • Awesome: East Coast!

  • John, I'll see you on Tuesday.

Good morning John. Guess what's behind this thing? New York City!


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為什麼學理工科的人越來越少? (Why Are Fewer People Studying Science and Engineering?)

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