The video from last month’s TEDxRoppongi is finally up. I wish I smiled more and was able to look into camera better, but I am glad that I was able to deliver most of my talk without much interruption.
My big idea for this talk was to encourage more parents and adults to immerse young girls (primary schools and up) to STEAM fields in order to help close the gap in gender equality. Japan is seriously behind in having female representation in industries of the future, such as ICT, engineering, and science. Getting girls to be engaged in these fields from early age through STEAM play will likely improve the situation. In the US, there is a growing Makerspace movement (for boys and girls), a variety of STEAM focused toys for girls, and there is very active dialogue on engaging girls into STEM or STEAM fields. In Japan, there is now focus on “programming education” in general, but I see very limited dialogue focused on raising bars for girls. Hope Japanese adults and parents will break out of traditional female role models and think future skills for girls. Hope my speech paints some background and fact on current situation and a glimpse of how to start solving this issue.
先月行われた、TEDxRoppongi にて、女の子たちの未来のために、STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Math ) により身近に親しむ環境を整えることの大切さというアイデアをお話しする機会をいただきました。
After months of sweat, anxiety, excitement, and collaboration, just finished delivering my first TEDx talk on “getting girls to be STEAMbitious”. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, and I wanted to share my idea to the world that encouraging girls to be immersed to STEAM education is crucial to improve social status of women in Japan.
Japan is ranked 101 out of 145 countries in gender equality according to World Economic Forum’s report in 2015. And women on a whole are missing the wave of technology, as only 1 in 5 students in Science and Technology fields are women and similar ratio goes for people working in the industry. Meanwhile, there is a statistics that people in STEM fields tend to earn 33% more than those who are not in the STEM fields.
It was my hope in the TEDxRoppongi talk that more and more parents start encouraging girls in Japan to enjoy STEM related plays and activities by infusing more arts into the discipline, hence STEAM.
It was very encouraging to meet many attendees after the talk that they share similar concerns. I know that this is only one small step, but I hope that I was able to ignite a few people’s hearts on importance, and we can join forces to encourage more girls into the fields of the future.
I do not mean to ignore the importance of language, history, music, and other disciplines. But given the fact that everything we touch will be infused with technology, if we wish improved gender equality, we need to have more representation of women in the fields of the future.
Thank you TEDxRoppongi team on an amazing opportunity, and I not only learned so much by preparing for this talk but also enjoyed getting to know amazing people who are all trying to push envelopes for better future.
3rd Day at ISTE conference, run by , International Society for Technology in Education (a.k.a., ISTE). It’s been inspiring to meet so many educators who share the same vision of how transformational vision and mission will change education, rather than relying on technology to change education. Technologies are great enablers of visions and strategies set out by educators that interact with kids on daily basis, but without this belief, we may fall in trap of not having an aligned strategy and execution plans. The great thing about this conference is that, there have been lots of practical seminars, roundtables, and discussion on how to incorporate myriad of educational methods or tools in order to deliver more engaging and effective learning experiences to kids. Continue reading “3rd Day at ISTE | ISTE 参加三日目雑感”
There is a long list of things that I care about in life, but there is nothing more important than education for our Future Citizens (i.e. children). Education has tremendous amount of influence on who we become and how we operate. And yet, many of us grew up without even knowing options, as the paths were clearly defined by the system and families.
I started focusing on 21st century education, as it is a critical time that we collectively need to take more active roles in thinking about how we can best prepare our future citizens.
Via this blog and my work at Future Citizens, I would like to share my learnings, current projects, and thoughts.
Look forward to connecting with likeminded people who deeply care about the future of our kids on Planet Earth!