STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
The Edison Lecture Series is a STEM program. STEM generally supports broadening the study of engineering within each of the other subjects, and beginning engineering at younger grades, even elementary school. It also brings STEM education to all students rather than only the gifted programs.
What Happens at the Edison Lecture Series
Along with an interactive lecture, companies and governmental organizations show up to demonstrate robots, virtual reality, solar cars, green screen video technology, and more in interactive pre-show demonstrations. For many students, attending the Edison Lecture Series is their first trip to The University of Texas at Austin. Many educators feel that allowing young students the opportunity to visit the campus and experience a lecture in a collegiate environment can be beneficial to the students' perspective on future educational pursuits.
Often the early stages of preparing and learning, the fundamentals can be frustrating. We seek to show students the rewards at the end of those frustrations by focusing on the fun over the fundamentals for an afternoon. This gives students a rewarding and positive experience to associate with engineering and science.
The Edison Lecture Series selects a different topic each year focusing on a different industry, technology, or idea.
Past topics have incuded:
2017 Fiber and Light
2016 Computing for Green
2015 Big Data
2014 Mobile Computing
2011 Software is Engineering
2009 Changing the World One Engineer at a Time
2008 Television and Surveillance
2007 Renewable Energy