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Duane Benson
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My own guilt
Duane Benson   7/12/2013 7:06:21 PM
I can't seem to hear the word "organic" without making a snide remark about liking my food to be carbon-based.

Also, I've talked to my kids so much about autonomous robotics that neither of them want to learn to drive. They want robot cars to drive them around. Now I have to remind them that they're a decade too early.

I'm pretty sure I've imprinted this personality trait enough to curse not only my kids, but any future offspring they might have. For example, one of my kids, in a moment of teen angst, stated: "In five billion years, the sun's going to go out anyway, so what does it matter?"

Susan Rambo
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Re: My own guilt
Susan Rambo   7/12/2013 8:00:35 PM
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Thanks, Duane. LOL. These are good examples. You're warming my heart to know the tradition continues. Very interesting point about the autonomous cars. I remember telling my father 10 years ago (when I started working on electronics publications) that cars will drive themselves one day. He said, "no way." Different generation.  I agree with your kids about the sun. It's the ultimate excuse. 

Sheetal.Pandey
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Re: My own guilt
Sheetal.Pandey   7/15/2013 2:33:12 AM
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Well its great if our father is an engineer. The whole perspective of life changes. You got to be ready with answers for questions like Why, when and how? You dont hev to worry if something doesnt work because they will always fix it or atleast will try . Also you will always get the best of everything, because many engineers like to explore and then decide. Nice video games, all trendy gadgets and other technology stuff will be easily accessible.

Susan Rambo
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Re: My own guilt
Susan Rambo   7/15/2013 11:10:12 AM
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Agreed, Sheetal. It's inspiring to have a parent who is an engineer, not just for the trendy gadgets they bring home, but for the outlook on life: understanding how things work and how to fix things; the creative problem solving; etc. Were your parents engineers? Are you an engineer? If you have children, what upcoming technology will be dominate when they reach college age? Should they go into engineering?

Bert22306
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Having a daughter ...
Bert22306   7/15/2013 11:58:10 AM
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... who always makes fun of me, I can certainly relate to this article. She always excelled in physics and math while in school, but then she would reassure me that "this is really boring" anyway. Just to make the point. Wouldn't have been credible to make such a comment if she didn't excell in those subjects, right? Girls.

Susan Rambo
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Susan Rambo   7/15/2013 12:19:01 PM
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Hi Bert22306. What did your daughter end up doing for a career? Did she go into the sciences? Does she still think STEM is "boring"? Maybe that was peer-pressure? Fascinating when you juxtapose what Dean Kamen says about the US having a culture problem, not a education problem, when it comes to STEM education. And then compare that to what Big Bang Theory actress Mayim Bialik said about how, because STEM subjects didn't come easy to her, she didn't think she was good at them and therefore gave up on STEM until she fell in love with neuroscience later in life. Your daughter didn't have any of those issues but she just didn't like science, even though she excelled? Interesting. (Sorry she made fun of you...I must have been mean to my dad, too. Hmmm.)

Bert22306
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Bert22306   7/15/2013 12:31:08 PM
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Yes, she became a veterinary doctor, board certified in internal medicine. So she definitely went into the sciences, although not so much the physical sciences.

No, peer pressure never phased her. Her comment about physics was only to "get me," it wasn't an indictment of STEM at all.

Susan Rambo
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Susan Rambo   7/15/2013 12:44:16 PM
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Thanks for sharing. So she did go into science; cool. And yes, torturing your father is a rite of childhood (maybe more for girls?). Thanks again for your comments.

Frank Eory
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Frank Eory   7/15/2013 12:49:34 PM
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Susan, I chuckled when you mentioned your dad trying to help you with your math homework and that he was too smart to do that effectively. My kids tell me they had the opposite experience. They were always grateful -- and surprised -- that I could explain math concepts and problem-solving techniques in a way that was usually different from the way their teachers explained them, and which improved their understanding.

One of my three kids -- my daughter -- is pursuing an engineering degree. She is finally at a high enough level where she knows she can't expect any real help from me -- not that she needs it -- because she's finally taking higher-level courses that are beyond what I did, and in a different engineering discipline.

My boys also love math & science, but never quite caught the engineering bug the way my daughter did.

kaydee512
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When Mom's the engineer
kaydee512   7/15/2013 1:55:31 PM
My kids got a double dose - I'm an engineer and Dad was a physicist.  It was probably pretty weird for them when Mom set up control charts for how long they spent brushing their teeth (they clearly weren't meeting spec!), or when Dad designed experiments to improve their batting average.  But both kids did well in spite of this and both went into match and sciences (youngest is an EE and oldest is getting a PhD in math which is way beyond his Mom's limited diffeq abilities!).  But I also shared a creative side too - I tried to teach them about liquid chromotography as preschoolers using food coloring and coffee filters.  We called them making butterflies because we cut out the shapes after all the colors had diffused and dried.

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