Our 5 Favorite TED Talks for Students in STEM

For a video roundup last Friday, we showed you 5 awesome videos of robots doing cool things. As cool as robots are (and as much as we love the videos we posted), sometimes, videos can be great for learning, too.

Few video forums are as useful as TED, a collection of talks about “ideas worth spreading.” TED talks aren’t just about manufacturing–they’re about everything from the deadly genius of drug cartels to ingenious homes in unexpected places. With that said, there are a number of TED talks worth watching for students interested in pursuing a career in manufacturing.

To send you off to the weekend, we’ve collected our 5 favorite TED talks that are worth watching for students taking STEM classes, or who may be thinking about a career in manufacturing or the skilled trades.

Check out our list below:

  • The Future of STEM Education
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Hb0vkdzaWg
  • Space Suit Design, Manufacturing and Culture
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2UtpVh0dKc
  • The New Manufacturing
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhHiMzDP3pU
  • What Will Future Jobs Look Like?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXQrbxD9_Ng
  • The Future of Manufacturing
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jo9_pb32-ak

Although these videos are long (they’re all about 15 minutes, give or take a few minutes), one of the things we love about TED talks is how many different perspectives the videos show. Even here, we got the perspective of people ranging from a professor of mathematics, to an economist, to an engineer.

And if you have some extra time, we absolutely recommend giving other TED talks a look. No matter what you’re interested in, chances are there’s a TED talk about it–and they’re all extremely interesting. And as always, if you have any questions, don’t be afraid to reach out to us in the comments or on Twitter!