Depicting Science, Engineering, and Technology Character Development
Characters in science, engineering and technology (S.E.T.) have taken on a new form. They are today’s superheroes, detectives, and problem solvers.
Incorporating characters involved in the S.E.T. fields is not only a unique storyline detail, it is also incredibly engaging for the audience. Just think of movies like Iron Man, Real Steel, andArmageddon, or TV shows like Big Bang Theory, Bones, and CSI. It's no coincidence that two of the three highest grossing films of all time, Avatar and The Avengers, deal with characters who are scientists, engineers, and technologists. Their fields are adventurous and rich if you know how to make the most of them.
When designing your characters consider this:
- Scientists and engineers are creative problem solvers; they take a look at an everyday issue (or a not-so-everyday one) and work to make it better.
- Women are incredibly involved in these fields and young women need additional role models to look up to. When considering occupations for your female characters look into the fields related to science, engineering, and technology.
- Keep in mind the variety of careers related to science, engineering, and technology; there truly is an option for every character and storyline situation you can imagine.
- Remember that there is no such thing as a typical engineer and consider ways that your exisiting characters could highlight this occupation.
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