Flight Takeoff & Tribute To STEM Education

My favorite part of a flight is the takeoff. It’s also one example of the importance of STEM education. ⠀

Think about it. ⠀

You are sitting aboard an aircraft at a complete standstill. With the roar of 2-3 (depending on make/model) jet engines bearing 28,000 lb of thrust (power is not expressed in horsepower but the equivalent is 20,000 to 80,000 horsepower, depending on the engine model), you are launched forward at a rate 1.96 m/sec² until ultimately you reach a liftoff speed 150 mph. ⠀

At this point the 45 ton aircraft starts a gravity defying ascension between 10 and 25 degrees to roughly 40,000 ft above ground where it will reach an ultimate cruising speed of 583 mph toward your destination.

All the while your body remains otherwise steady and you feel no more than when driving over a speed bump in a grocery store parking lot. ⠀

None of the above human achievements could have been accomplished without our solid understanding of STEM fields. ⠀

This presents an insatiable curious debater like myself with the following question… how many everyday things in the contemporary era are in fact a byproduct of our mastery of science, technology, engineering, & mathematics?

I think the answer may prove immeasurable. ⠀

This is not to take away from the arts. I believe the importance of the arts is to capture a shared feeling within the human condition which the importance thereof is implied within the statement. I simply want to highlight that while a superior understanding of the arts painted the Sistine Chapel, it was a STEM education that built the walls and ceilings for the masterpiece to be painted on. ⠀

What’s the lesson here? Stay in school kids.

Define “school” however you see fit but always remain conscious to the simple fact that an education is something no one can ever take away from you.

Moreover, an education coupled with the distinct creativity known only to you is by far the greatest, and arguably only, tools one needs in order to contribute to the greater good and to become lost in the service of others.