I just watch the “The Geek Shall inherit the earth” commercial by Connect a Million Minds on TV and immediately I “google” the name of the video. Even though I don’t have kids and clearly not a kid I connected with the video in many ways. Here’s how:
- It’s how I felt growing up during my high-school days… I’m talking about photoshop 1.0, Mac OS 9.5 & QuarkXpress. I’m old!
- I often tell people I don’t do “marketing” but I understand people, relationships, gadgets/technology on the social web, so call me a geek not a marketing guy.
- I believe in education and empowering kids to learn and be confident in their dreams/goals for entrepreneurship.
- I love technology!
So what did my Google search results find me? The video was made for http://www.connectamillionminds.com From the Connect a Million Minds website:
In November 2009, Time Warner Cable launched Connect a Million Minds (CAMM), a philanthropic commitment of $100 million cash and in-kind donations. This five-year program was designed to inspire students to pursue learning opportunities and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Time Warner Cable announced its commitment to STEM in conjunction with the White House’s announcement of Educate to Innovate, President Obama’s plan for improving STEM opportunities for U.S. students. In his statement, President Obama highlighted the importance of public and private partnerships in addressing STEM readiness in American students, and singled out Time Warner Cable as a leader in the STEM space with its Connect a Million Minds program. According to national experts, the next generation of youth in the United States is not prepared to take on the challenges of the 21st century.
Although the video and program inspired , the last sentence above is just sad, “According to national experts, the next generation of youth in the United States is not prepared to take on the challenges of the 21st century?” Now as an grown-up geek I’m asking myself what can I do to help educate kids and build some rockets!
How can we help/inspire today’s youth to learn more about technology and be confident while doing so?
“We’re building rockets!”