A few days ago the White House hosted a science fair. I’m not familiar with the details, but there’s the white house press release and a justifiably celebratory article on Make. As a graduate student myopically obsessed with my own career prospects, going into science and technology can seem like it was a mistake.
But you know what? This is the way forward–getting young people psyched about learning, discovering, and building. When I see things like that fantastic photograph of the President marveling at a kid’s marshmallow shooter or appearing on Mythbusters (one of two reasons I need cable TV) I’m encouraged that he seems to be doing something that I think needs to be done. This is my slightly delayed high-five to humanity. Get excited and make things!