Behold! The bustling metropolis of our brains!
From the TED-Ed lesson How playing an instrument benefits your brain - Anita Collins
Animation by Sharon Colman Graham
“This project started out of my own struggle to find work and support myself after graduating college with over $100,000 in student loans.”
Yes, it involved ice cream-based bribes. But before you judge too harshly, keep in mind that she built a better product than Google.
“I felt the mix of horror, pride, and relief at the prospect of powerful offspring similar to what Rosemary Woodhouse must have felt when she realized her son was Satan’s heir.”
“The idea is that children, with their sparking synapses and sponge-like brains, will be able to easily digest all the stuff that I had such trouble comprehending in my early 20s.”
“Even if a female student gets perfect grades, she’ll remain unequal to her underachieving male peers. Overall GPA is higher for women, but men have significantly higher incomes.”
Grades can be strong, but the patriarchy is still stronger.
"If you ask a kid, ‘Hey do you want to learn how to program a computer?’ you’ll get a lot of eye-rolling. But if you’re like, ‘Hey, would you like to build your own game?’ that is what gets kids excited."
We’re watching Florida Polytechnic, Florida’s first university entirely focused on preparing students for STEM careers.
Lakeland, Florida, is just off Interstate 4: A 129-year-old city of 100,000, it is now home to Florida Polytechnic University. This new university is anchored by a $60 million Innovation, Science and Technology (IST) building—a white, oval-shaped structure with 84 curved pergolas and shutters on the roof that follow the sun’s movement—sitting amid the acres of farmland. It looks like someone tried to drop a shimmering bauble of Silicon Valley design right next to grazing cattle.
The cows may not be disrupted, but everyone else is watching Florida Polytechnic closely as it opens in August, as Florida’s first and only university entirely focused on preparing students for careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
"I’m pretty sure I would just crash it somewhere," said one student. "Cause some kind of accident."
If you’ve ever read—or, more likely, tried and failed to read—James Joyce's Ulysses, you’re familiar with the sense that the swirling mass of words is deliberately taunting you with its obscurity. Ulysses can be a fun, funny book, but even the most diehard fans would acknowledge that it’s also supremely frustrating. It’s a book that always forces you to think about reading. And so goes Ariel Malka's new app, which plays on the act of reading without really being a reading app.
The social media-savvy president invited Tumblr’s CEO and some lucky Tumblr users to the White House to talk about education and college affordability.
An inventor behind a bionic glove for amputees. A kid who has a real idea to cure cancer. Not everyone should skip college, but for these teenagers, it could be to everyone’s benefit if they jump right into working on their passions.
The Help Desk uses a stencil to put essential school supplies in the hands of poor school children in India.
Millennials have great expectations entering the workforce this year, but it’s not just about meeting those expectations when it comes to winning top recruits: How you get your company in front of job seekers is just as important.