Science, Technology, Engineering and Math for the Holidays

If you are giving anyone a personal computer or tablet or smart phone this holiday, you might want to say thank you to Doug Engelbart. Engelbart was an engineer, an inventor and a visionary as to how to use something called “The Internet.” On December 9, 1968, at the San Francisco Convention Center, Engelbart introduced a concept that seemed like magic. Here he is giving his audience of 1,000 engineers at the “Fall Joint Computer Conference” a view into the future:

He went on to demonstrate how text could be hyper-linked to call up definitions. One of the definitions is a description of a computer “Mouse,” a device Engelbart is credited with inventing:

Complete information on Engelbart and his 1968 presentation that is called, “The Mother of All Demos,” is available on the Web site for the Doug Engelbart Institute:
http://www.dougengelbart.org/firsts/dougs-1968-demo.html

Getting children involved with science, technology, engineering and math, nicknamed “STEM,” is a growing movement in the USA. A White House initiative called US2020 is a program that focuses on getting tech companies together with education organizations to provide mentors for girls, minorities and low-income youth who could pursue STEM education and careers. San Francisco has been chosen as a finalist in the first round of special funding for this initiative.

A nonprofit that is offering computer training to youth in San Francisco is Code Now, introducing computer coding skills to high school students. If you would like to invest in helping the next generation to design the future, check out:
http://codenow.org/#section2

Best wishes,

Carol