The other day I blogged about my Anthony Navetta Quora account (Anthony Navetta Answers Textbook Question on Quora) and today I would like to spotlight another question I answered recently. The question was asked by someone who needs to give a speech to high school students to try to motivate them to be more excited about math and computer science. Here was my response:
You have to consider that most kids in high school have really only learned the basics of mathematics and computer science, and do not know any practical use for it other than “to pass the test.” A student once even told me “math is boring because the answer is always the same.”
The best way to keep your audience engaged during the lecture will be to show them some of the practical uses for the concepts they are currently learning. Someone mentioned video games but you could also consider mobile apps, the Google algorithm, or some of the job possibilities tied to the hard sciences.
What do you think? Do you have any suggestions for the individual who asked the question? Want to vote up my answer? View the answer here: Anthony Navetta answer