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Failure is Necessary to Discover in STEM | Monica Cook | TEDxGeorgiaStateU
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Added Aug 23, 2016
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What does it say about the culture of science, if young scientists are afraid of making mistakes? After a significant failure in her graduate program, Monica questioned her role as a scientist. With the help of a friend, she is now encouraging us to embrace failure with the help of the hashtag #failinginstem.

Monica K. Cook is a PhD student in Physics at Georgia State University and a Student Innovation Fellow. Her academic interests lie in the realm of Physics Education Research (PER), specifically in discursive teaching methods and the formation of science identity in students. Her personal interests include writing, activism, and technology. Monica will be speaking about shifting the aims of science education such that personal or professional failures and setbacks are not seen as shameful but as a normal and necessary part of learning to be a scientist.

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