Living with mistakes, mistakes as a resource

This post continues my sequence of contrarian topics about working in the STEM fields.  The first post suggests that shopping is an under-appreciated skill for successful STEM projects, and yet the topic is rarely even mentioned in education or job descriptions.    The second post presents mistakes as a consequence of bad shopping skills but…

The M in STEM does not mean Mistake, but maybe it should

In a recent post, I discussed the importance of shopping skills for a career in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.    Most STEM projects involve a small amount of stuff specifically built to a particular purpose and a much larger amount of stuff that has to be obtained pretty much like…