Nature or Father

I have always defined myself as a person who has limitless enthusiasm towards making new things. I have wood carving sets, sewing machine, soldering machines, multimeters, wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers, hammers, so many tools at home. By the time I decided to get married, I ordered most of the things online and I assembled on my own (might have used a little help from my husband). I changed the lock, put together the faucets, renewed the plug sockets, installed the IKEA furniture… etc.

The genuine interest of mine stemmed from my father, I believe. During my whole childhood, I watched him polishing his own shoes, fixing our flush over and over, changing lamp sockets and placing my mom’s crystal chandeliers everytime we move to another city. Sometimes I observed and helped him. For me, maker lifestyle is equal to my father’s style without any question. He never hesitated to attemp fixing broken things and discovering how they work. So in a way, my enthusiasm was not my nature but an acquired characteristic.

In search of computational thinking I have come across with Seymour Papert; father of computational thinking, Marvin Minsky ; father of artificial intelligence and Uri Wilensky, father of NetLogo. Alas, I will never have a chance to meet the former two. Hope, I will have the honour to meet and work with Professor Wilensky.

Happy father’s day, all great fathers!!!


On Engineering Education

3D printing design engineer

Engineering is a tricky term. English word for engineering has its origin from the word engine like in most european languages. The Latin language root is ingenium meaning cleverness. Moreover, in Persian the word muhandiz has been derived from handasa which means calculation.

But  this beginning is already too boring.

As one can see there are different attribuitions to this field, engineering requires not only dealing with engines or making calculations but also conducting research, design, invent, applying maths or using technology. These many facets also dominates the different fields of engineering, such as; mechanical engineering, civil engineering, electrical electronics engineering.

In last one or two decades we witnessed fusion of different disciplines or hyperspecialization and this led to recently popped engineering fields. Like aerospace engineering, nanotechnology engineering, biomechanical engineering, microelectronic engineering etc.

My question is that as a science teacher how I can keep up with this rapid change when I develop new STEM lesson plans?