I am fortunate to have, I think, one of the best jobs on the planet: working for a non-profit museum in their science gallery and planetarium. I get to meet incredible people, teach and learn new things all the time, and I get to make daily use of the many skills from my various art degrees.
Research from my undergrad, performance and public speaking from my theatre work, writing from my scriptwriting experiences (I do still want to write a radio drama one day) and figuring out how to package it all from my science communication degree.
I also, now and again, get to speak with the media. This always includes the obligatory, “How do you pronounce your last name?” to which I often reply, “Mogk, like Coke.” Once, however, I said, “Mogk, like bloke.” That was the start of it, the host introduced me as Kevin Mogk Science Bloke. The name stuck and I was a little sad I hadn’t thought of it myself.
Now don’t get me wrong, I think the nickname is amazing, but it never quite covered all the topics we touch on at the museum, nor my love of math (I keep going back and reviewing things like calculus, geometry, and trigonometry from high school every now and again). There is Science Technology Engineering and Math, but S.T.E.M. Bloke just didn’t have the same ring to it.
Then at some point, there was a breakaway from the traditional arts/science divide, a recognition that one influences the other and vice versa. The A for arts was added to S.T.E.M. and became S.T.E.A.M. As someone who likes to wear a shirt, vest, bow tie, carries a pocket watch and fountain pen, I just could not pass up the chance. Kevin Mogk Science Bloke became Kevin Mogk S.T.E.A.M. Bloke and now it is full steam ahead … he, he, he. That’s a good one, full STEAM ahead … No? Just me? I’m going to stop typing now.