Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it. - Albert Einstein
Tech Crunch reported yesterday that LinkedIn had revamped the look of its site and added some functionality. I use LinkedIn because I like the six-degrees-of-separation idea and the ability to connect with professionals from around the world.
So what does this have to do with encouraging kids to study science and technology? Well, after reading the Tech Crunch post, I logged in to take a look at the new lay out. Bill Gates has joined LinkedIn and that was his featured posted question:
How can we do more to encourage young people to pursue careers in science and technology?
Bill had 524 responses by the time I had seen his question. The answers are great – with a few Microsoft bashers – well-thought out and encouraging, posted by CEO's, engineers, and industry leaders. It is an excellent read and a great application of social networking.
I tried to connect with Bill. Unfortunately, we do not "know anyone in common." I travel in some pretty powerful circles so Bill is going to have to catch up.