Fisher, Doug (Vanderbilt University.) | Isbell, Charles (Georgia Institute of Technology) | Littman, Michael L. (Brown University) | Wollowski, Michael (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology) | Neller, Todd W. (Gettysburg College) | Boerkoel, Jim (Harvey Mudd College)
Thanks to unwavering support from staff, volunteers, donors and patrons, The Tech has grown to be far more than a museum. It is a valued community resource for education and innovation, one that in 2015 was awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the highest honor a United States museum can achieve.
It's a topic I touched upon recently, and looked at the potential for digital platforms such as Coursera to provide a low-cost means of regularly brushing up our skills and adapting to changes in the marketplace. Sadly, despite thousands of students enrolling on these courses, neither the Department of Work & Pensions or the Department of Education seemed to know what a MOOC was, much less were they being actively used to help people re-train when their livelihoods had been disrupted.
"In the process of learning to code, people learn many other things. They are not just learning to code, they are coding to learn," Mitchel Resnick, professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, wrote in an EdSurge article. "In addition to learning mathematical and computational ideas (such as variables and conditionals), they are also learning strategies for solving problems, designing projects, and communicating ideas." Resnick adds that these skills are useful to everyone "regardless of age, background, interests, or occupation."