If we look life 100 years ago, and compare that with the today’s life, we will notice that Science has dramatically changed human life. Through its teaching as well as its research, the department is playing a notable role in building the emerging discipline of Science & Technology Studies (STS). News and information moves online at warp speed, and bloggers are the engine on the keyboard. Science has contributed largely to this since it is through continued research that new machines are being unveiled. The Science & Technology Studies Major furthers students’ understanding of the social and cultural meanings of science and technology. Controversies such as modified foods, stem cell research are the issues that have brought policy makers and scientists together to have a way forward on this.
When trying to answer the question ‘What is the meaning of science and technology?’ we have to view science as the study of the natural world while technology has to be viewed as the study of how to manipulate the natural world in order to suit man.
This journey has taken man centres but, it has been worth it. Now, having studied the gifts of Science to mankind, it will do us some good if we do some introspection and try also to study how, and to what extent we are now misusing our scientific knowledge.
Technology is used for communication, manufacturing, learning, securing data and transportation; it is often a consequence of science and engineering, but technology as a human activity precedes the other two fields. A primary objective of the NSTC is the establishment of clear national goals for Federal science and technology investments in a broad array of areas spanning virtually all the mission areas of the executive branch. Experiments in science today are in one way or another affecting the for example the experiment on cloning a human being.
The drudgery of household work has been reduced to an almost nil by the numerous gifts of science. Research in food technology has created new ways of preserving and flavoring what we eat. All the gifts of science must be enjoyed to the full and that can happen only if man survives to taste the fruits of mechanization. Without society then there would be no science and technology and that is why the invention of certain tools and equipment have helped achieve big things.