Friday, February 15, 2013

New Frontiers

Hey everybody!  So today I thought I would show you some examples of more famous organizations joining in, or using the concept of the maker movement. The first is from CNN who have created a new section of their website devoted completely to technical advances and the ideals of the Maker Movement. It is called “Make Create Innovate”, and it can be found here.   The second is something put on by Google, called the Google Science Fair 2013. This site is Google’s official blog post about the fair, and it explains it as this, “inviting students ages 13-18 to participate in the largest online science competition and submit their ideas to change the world.” They say that the world’s greatest innovators started at their teenage years, and they want to give the world’s brightest teens a chance to show their new, revolutionary ideas.   I believe this is an amazing idea. Not just because I am a teen who can theoretically participate in this and win enough scholarships to never have to pay for college. No, I like this because it gives a chance for our generation to make a difference while in their most creative stage. Science has proven time and time again that kid’s brains are the most creative than at any point in their lives. This is because they are still fresh to the world, curious, not dulled down with worries of sustaining themselves and their family. This allows them to look at problems in a whole new light, see beyond the possible, and figure out new and better solutions. Google is not the only one promoting kids to solve big problems. The United Nations have set up a program called The Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN), which calls on some of the best Montessori schools around the nation to participate in a mock United Nations meeting and come up with solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems. I have the privilege to be attending one of the schools chosen, and I will be going to New York with 7 of my classmates for four days in April to discuss these problems. The research and preparation for this has already paid off to me, and we haven’t even gotten to New York Yet!  Best of luck in all of your endeavors, whatever they may be.