I subscribe to the blog Mind Shift, and the other day they posted Physics in the Hands of a Seven-Year-Old. It made me so happy to watch this video of a seven-year-old demonstrating his Rube Goldberg machine. He is so enthusiastic! What is more inspiring is that “Seven-year-old Audri wants to study robotics at MIT and become a theoretical physicist someday.”
I sent this video to my six-year-old (I’m so happy I gave him that e-mail address), and he wanted to watch it twice, smiling the whole time. No, he doesn’t want to make a Rube Goldberg machine (and I’m kinda relieved about that), but it made me realize even more how the Internet can help inspire children. How they can share their explorations, creations and inspire each other. I really appreciate Audri making his video so that my son can see another possibility, another avenue for his own explorations. Even if he’s not interested in it, at least he’s understanding that the world is rich with opportunity!
And this made me think that perhaps I can occasionally share with you what I e-mail to my son. If he likes it, then maybe your child will like it too. So, I’m going to label this series “Inspire Kids.” I don’t know how often I’ll post it. If I don’t find anything worth sharing then I may not share anything in a long time. If I find some gems, then maybe I’ll post one each week. We’ll see how it goes. I hope you like it.