Another awesome kid doing awesome things. It takes less than seven minutes to listen to 13 year old Richard Turere. He taught himself about electronics by taking apart his mother's radio. He was trying to figure out a way to protect his Masai family's livestock, repeatedly killed by lions. He invented a solar light that protects the herd from not only lions, but other creatures.
Most 12-year-olds love playing videogames -- Thomas Suarez taught himself how to create them. After developing iPhone apps like "Bustin Jeiber," a whack-a-mole game, he is now using his skills to help other kids become developers. (Filmed at TEDxManhattanBeach.)
Biologist Mark Pagel shares an intriguing theory about why humans evolved our complex system of language. He suggests that language is a piece of "social technology" that allowed early human tribes to access a powerful new tool: cooperation.
The birth of a word MIT researcher Deb Roy wanted to understand how his infant son learned language — so he wired up his house with videocameras to catch every moment (with exceptions) of his son's life, then parsed 90,000 hours of home video to watch "gaaaa" slowly turn into "water." Astonishing, data-rich research with deep implications for how we learn.
Robinson demonstrates the power of properly harnessing innate creativity through fascinating case studies and personal stories, and offers a powerful vision for bringing this respect for natural talent to the world of education.
Meet the extraordinary William Kamkwamba. At 14 years old, William built windmills from scratch to power his house and irrigate their fields. When he was told he could no longer continue school, he kept reading and from there learned how to build windmills using diagrams. "We skip the problem by creating our own solutions." William Kamkwamba http://www.thextraordinary.org/william-kamkwamba