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Nexus, Creative Writing, STEM Education & Careers: Embracing Opportunities, Growth & Collaboration


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The theme of this podcast discussion is the intersection between creative writing skills, STEM education, and careers. The conversation explores the state of writers, particularly underrepresented groups such as the people of color, in the BIPOC community and how technology has opened up new opportunities for writers to connect and collaborate globally. The guest shares her experience as a founder of a digital publishing platform and emphasizes the importance of creativity in STEM fields. She discusses how creative writing can play a role in STEM education, highlighting the value of interdisciplinary collaboration and the benefits it brings to STEM-oriented industries. The conversation also touches on encouraging creativity in children, the role of parents and educators in supporting and showcasing children's talents, and the importance of embracing different paths and career choices. Overall, the theme revolves around the integration of creative writing skills with STEM education and its relevance in shaping future careers.


Summary:

This podcast discussion explores the theme of the intersection between creative writing skills, STEM education, and careers. The guest, a founder of a digital publishing platform, discusses the state of writers, particularly underrepresented groups, in the BIPOC community and the global opportunities technology has created for writers. They emphasize the importance of creativity in STEM fields and how creative writing can be integrated into STEM education. The conversation also touches on encouraging creativity in children, the role of parents and educators in supporting their talents, and the significance of embracing diverse career paths. Overall, the discussion highlights the value of combining creative writing with STEM education and its impact on future careers.


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In this podcast discussion, we explored the state of writers in the BIPOC community. Acknowledging the challenges faced by black, indigenous, and people of color due to systemic racism, our conversation also emphasized the importance of opportunity and optimism. At the heart of our discussion lies the belief that we are standing at the crossroads of opportunity and choice. Despite the challenges posed by systemic racism, which people of color encounter daily, it is essential to approach obstacles with optimism because our era presents us with unprecedented possibilities. Thanks to technology and ai, we can now connect and collaborate with individuals from across the globe, transcending geographical boundaries that were once limiting factors. We can even augment our creative work faster and more efficiently!


Therefore, the state of writers and creative thinkers today calls for expansion, exploration, and trust beyond the confines of our immediate surroundings. As writers and creative thinkers, Denise Spiller encourages us to expand our horizons, explore new territories, and thrust ourselves beyond our neighborhoods' familiar confines. Fortunately, the current state of technological innovation presents us with immense opportunities for growth and expansion, provided we are willing to adapt.


According to Denise Spiller, by embracing growth mindset, we can find ourselves in a state of opportunity, growth, and expansion, provided we are willing to adapt. For example, countless opportunities await us in the realm of writing because technology allows writers to showcase their work, connect with readers, and collaborate internationally. This was why we created "writingandtechnology.com." For instance, creating websites like "writingandtechnology.com" will enable us to make information and technology accessible to everyone, regardless of their technical background. It is crucial for individuals, including students and parents, to understand how to effectively utilize technology for their businesses, education, and future careers.


In today's world, there is a wealth of opportunities for writers worldwide, especially in Africa. With the advent of technology and now ai, connecting with others internationally and collaborating has become more accessible. According to Ms. Spiller, this is precisely why reaching out globally has become integral to her work. Through her new website, WritingAndTechnology.com, she aims to create a space that fosters clarity and accessibility to information and technology for everyone.


Moreover, the focus on Africa in this digital publishing platform highlights the importance of inclusivity and representation. By incorporating diverse voices and addressing the overwhelming nature of technology, this platform aims to empower individuals and bridge the gap between technology and its users.


As a founder of this digital publishing platform, my inspiration also stems from my journey. Writing has been my outlet for coping with mental health challenges and finding solace in creativity. By creating a space for writers to showcase their work and connect with readers, I hope to support and guide individuals struggling in high-stress careers. Through my experiences and growth, I aim to mentor and advocate for younger versions of myself, regardless of their age, helping them harness their creative talents and forge their paths outside traditional norms.


For instance, in law enforcement, I witnessed the power of creative writing when writing reports—a poorly written notice led to misinterpretation and embarrassment for our department. Recognizing the issue, I approached the sheriff with a proposal to train officers in better report writing. This interdisciplinary collaboration between creative writing and law enforcement improved our department's image and effectiveness.


Our conversation also explores the intersection between creative writing skills, STEM education, and career opportunities. Examining these topics, we aim to inspire parents, students, teachers, policymakers, and employers on how creativity can be harnessed to unlock a world of possibilities in the STEM fields.


Let's examine the connection between creative writing skills, STEM education, and careers. Collaboration plays a vital role in this context, not just between companies or schools but also in interdisciplinary collaboration. By combining effective communication and critical thinking skills with creative writing, we can find innovative solutions and contribute to STEM fields, including law enforcement.


The same principle applies to other STEM fields. it's essential to highlight the role of creative writing in bridging the gap between the arts and STEM education. We can collaborate with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics professionals by embracing our love for writing and critical thinking.


However, it needs to be noted that collaboration goes beyond mere interaction between individual organizations or schools and simple writing. It encompasses interdisciplinary cooperation, which nurtures critical thinking skills and effective communication, intertwining these skills with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Consider, for instance, the impact of well-written lab reports. Creative writing can enhance lab reports, promote effective communication of scientific findings. What a fantastic and creative way to infuse art into STEM, reinstating the STEAM framework.


By encouraging creative writing in STEM education, students can enhance their scientific pursuits by using creative writing skills to present scientific findings coherently. This collaboration between creative writing and STEM fields allows innovation, problem-solving, and identifying and defining problems in a broader perspective to solve problems. Educators and parents must encourage children to explore their creative and writing skills, recognizing that creativity, writing to communicate findings is at the heart of innovation and vital in the STEM-oriented industries.


However, educators and parents have to be careful in nurturing and encouraging creativity in children. Let me share a personal experience.


There are two categories of students that “I always talk about.” The first category of students is those who are not going to college. According to Denise, she relates to this category of students because that was her once upon a time. "I didn't go right to college. I had to go back as an adult."


"Let's talk about the youth that's about to graduate. They know they're going to college, and they have a STEM field that they've selected, are they going to be a creative writer?"


"How do they, how do they work it in?" Creative writing. "When they're in their science or technology space, they have to be open, creative, looking, smart, and innovative." Check out the video record above for full content and context.


On the other hand, "my son, very artistic, artistic genius. He struggled in high school because of the standards."


"The standards say you have to take blah, blah, blah, blah. You have to pass with this number. He struggled. And I remember writing an article, so discouraged in the articles that the school system and the standards are not for artistic children. They had taken out art. They were taking out music. He's a musician."


"He's an artist, right?" "His geometry teacher was a former artist." "She pulled me aside, and said, I recognize something in your son." He had a tick. He was always moving. "It almost irritated him, and a fifth-grade English teacher noticed it. She said, if you continue to see his musical side, he's trying to work it out."


"Numbers are going on in his head. He's trying to work it out. He's working out the music and the numbers. He's very smart, but math ain't his subject. Yeah. So she allowed him to sing for his final. He wrote the music. We still have it to this day. We got the sheet where he wrote the music."


"Yeah. He wrote the music. He put the numbers on the bottom, representing what they represent to anyone who writes music. They know some numbers go with those notes. He plays piano, he plays drums, and he plays guitar. So, he wrote the music."


"The music that he was performing was magnificent. And he passed his final with it. And she had him do it for a couple of other classes. That's how incredible it was."


"Whatever your gift is, if you don't suppress it, if you don't fight it, like I did, afraid to speak up, you can work that into whatever STEM career you have. If we're talking about writing, then let it be writing. If we're talking about music, then let it be music."


"There is a place for it, but it's your responsibility to be true to yourself."


I am really pleased that his geometry teacher and his fifth-grade teacher recognize that tick I told you about."


"Yeah. Yeah. He doesn't tick anymore."


"He's singing. So, work it out. Don't suppress the creativity just because you're going towards STEM, and they seem disconnected. They are not. It is an interdisciplinary collaboration within yourself to work it into STEM, which is STEAM. Your creative writing comes in that A."


Parents must remain open-minded and collaborate with teachers to recognize and support a child's unique talents and interests. Having humility is essential for parents to acknowledge when they don't have all the answers and seek guidance from teachers who can provide valuable insights.


Moreover, understanding that each child is different and may have distinct aspirations is vital. Some children may thrive in artistic pursuits and choose non-traditional paths, while others may prefer to explore creativity as a hobby while pursuing more conventional careers. Embracing and supporting their choices while providing opportunities for creative expression is crucial.


In conclusion, the state of writers in the BIPOC community and beyond is one of opportunity and growth. By harnessing the power of technology, expanding our horizons, and collaborating across disciplines, we can tap into the immense potential of creative writing skills in STEM education and careers. Parents, students, teachers, and policymakers all have a role in fostering creativity, embracing interdisciplinary collaboration, and paving the way for a future where art and STEM coexist harmoniously.


Authored by Dr. Ayo Olufade


Think STEM Careers! You Have The Opportunity to Create The Future And The Privilege Of Deciding What’s In It! ~ Dr. Ayo Olufade, PhD

Excel in Learning. Excel in Life.


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