good morning john. guess what’s behind thisthing? new york city! and guess what’s behind this thing? it’s me.i’m at home again. i was in new york because scishow just gota big new sponsor, and we we doing press tours, talking to people, anyone who would listento us about science education and stuff. you may have noticed that we’ve never, everdone a branded video here on vlogbrothers- this is not one of those. they don’t knowthat i’m making this video. emerson, for the most part, makes stuff thatyou would never buy, unless you, like, own a power plant, or a fortune 500 company, orsomething. and so the advertisements we’re doing togetheraren’t about getting people to buy their products,
because that’s not the problem they have. the problem they have is that they solve bigengineering problems and big science problems and to do that they need scientists and engineers. and with not as many people graduating withso-called ‘stem degrees,’ and more people going to work for big new companies that you’veheard of like google and and spacex and tesla, they’re a little worried. and i share their worry, though for separatereasons. i don’t hire engineer people- for the most part, i hire humanities people. likewriters, and video editors, and artists, and stuff.
i’m concerned because scientists and engineerssolve a lot of the big problems that we need to solve, like how do we get clean water tomore people? and how do we continue to power this amazing lifestyle that i get to leadwithout destroying the world? so yeah, when this came to scishow, i waslike, "oh, this makes sense, actually. we will do that." that stem toolkit is a very valuable one,and one that is being developed less often by people. and what i kept being asked bypeople on tv and radio was "why? why are fewer people doing this?" and i’m not an expert on that; i went throughschool one time. that’s pretty much all my
data. but as with most things, my guess isit’s a lot of different reasons. and one reason is that i think it’s reallyhard, and we just kind of sugarcoat it sometimes, but it is hard, and that’s huge amount ofinformation to stick into your brain. but i think, more than that, we’re also toldthat there’s a certain type of person who becomes a scientist or an engineer, and they’rejust good at it. they’re just good at math, and they’re good at science, and just engineeringgeniuses! and that’s a really dangerous myth, becauseeveryone i know who went through a science or engineering degree, it was really hardfor them. it was really hard for me. nobody is born being good at math. i thinksome people are born really liking that challenge.
that’s the thing that all of the scientistsi know have in common. like, there’s no other common trait amongstthem. they’re mothers and rock climbers and punk rockers. some are into politics, or sports,or spend their evenings on tumblr. the only thing they have in common is thatpassion for solving hard problems. and there are certainly non-science problems that needto be solved as well. that’s why i hire lots of artists and animators and video editorsand stuff. i think often when we tell people to get intostem careers, it’s not because it’s interesting or fascinating or cool, it’s because that’sthe best way to get a good job, so do that. if you don’t do this terribly difficult thing,then you will never get a good job. and i
think that’s a terrible thing to do to a child,who is like fifteen years old. they’re in high school, and you’re telling them, "okay,just start panicking now. a decade before you will be done learning all of these things." that’s-that’s terrifying! we can’t we, instead,treat this like every other big problem and take it one step at a time, being driven bynot the end goal, but by, you know, interests, and fascinations along the way. and i wanna say the most interesting toolkityou can have is one that includes both and technology, engineering and liberal arts.that’s the education i had, and i’m so grateful for it.
anyway, this really is a career path that’sopen to everyone. so that’s why i was in new york; i was doing things with them. and seeinglots of my friends and hanging out with cool people, that was fun too. the advertisement we made together, just encouragingpeople to be interested and fascinated by science, is running now. there’s also a linkbelow — you can see it on youtube. and if you’re thinking to yourself, "hank,you were in new york city and you did not tell me and i did not get to see you thatis so uncool," i was very busy. but also, i will be back! in april! with harryand the potters, driftless pony club, andrew huang, rob scallon, playing music all, fromlike chicago, all the way to new york, there’s
like eight stops. you can check out more informationin the link in the description. tour because awesome: east coast! john, i’ll see you on tuesday.