Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination

By | October 28, 2005

“Star Wars’ exhibit teaches tech” is the title of the article, once which just sparks the imagination. It’s a “Star Wars” fan’s dream according to Rueters. The first public display of props and costumes from all six films in the series, including a replica cockpit of Han Solo’s asteroid-battered Millennium Falcon. Apparently this exibit ran them a total of $5mil. (Now that’s a lot of stuff.)

Now that cool – the reasoning behind it isn’t bad, though I think it is worded poorly. The idea behind the exibit is because the Asian countries are getting ahead of us in engineers. Ok, maybe that is an economic problem in the future, but I think the real idea behind the exibit is better worded as “trying to spark the imagination of our youth.” Hoping more will join us in the fields of [insert engineering field here], where our numbers have been decreasing. Makes it sound less like a lame political ploy and more of an actual interest in the wellfair of our children.

That being said, it was a darn good article. Hopefully everyone will go and check it out – and come back to SGB and leave some comments on it for us.

[tags]Star Wars, George Lucas, LucasFilm, Boston Museum of Science [/tags]

**UPDATE**
Make sure to read the comments on this one folks – the bit I wrote is getting longer and better as the day goes on.

2 thoughts on “Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination

  1. Irrision

    I must admit that I don’t believe it’s a lack of people going into engineering that’s hurting are economy, it’s the fact that companies are laying off their american engineers and farming their jobs out overseas, just like companies have been doing with tech support and manufacturer jobs.

    Our engineers are worth too much pay and therefore too expensive to pay while letting companies compete with incredibly cheap products coming out of China. Our economic probablems aren’t asias fault we just fail to protect our own markets. I think one of two things will happen in the next 50 years:
    1) America will fall into decline gradually and lose its economic world power (This is very possible right now).

    or

    2) Go through an extreme shift in our economic basis and raise our education and standard of living levels to the point when all jobs that could be farmed out are and people find jobs in domestic industries other than manufacturing etc…

    It’s ridiculous when people say that america doesn’t have enough jobs its just that america doesn’t have enough jobs in the areas that everyone wants to work in. Did you know that garbage men get paid 35-45k in most areas? There are no real skill/education requirements and it already pays more than a lot of the menial jobs people complain about losing to overseas outsourcing. The reason why? People don’t want to pickup garbage so they never consider the possbility.

    I can see where Karl Marx (Writer of the communist manifesto) saw the potential for a economy where everyone was placed in the job they did best by demand. Unfortunately he forgot that people like to have choices and freedom to do what they please even if it is to live off welfare and cry about not having a job.

  2. Jake

    Good points irrision, kind of along the lines of what bugged me so much about the article. The wording in the article was just horrible.

    Before anyone points it out, yes I know it was a news piece and they had to be carefull not to color the piece one way or another. Yet in not paying attention, the author of the piece did exactly that. Which was my main point – irrision took us farther down the road with some very good points of his own.

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