All of us at RoosterHQ enjoy a good Ted Talk. They’re short, insightful and a lot of the time, they’re funny and entertaining too! We also think they provide some great ‘kidspiration’!
From engaging ways to get children into engineering, to the small questions asked that can lead to the next big scientific discovery, we recommend these 3 videos that you and your kids can watch together, which may inspire them to ask more questions and discover answers, which is the starting point for many innovations.
Easy DIY projects for kid engineers
In this quick and clever talk, Fawn shares how you can use low-cost familiar materials like paper and fabric to introduce engineering to kids in a fun and non-traditional way, that can change the perception of technology and inspire children to participate in creating it.
Why you should make useless things
‘Useless’ is a term with many negative connotations, but Simone turns it on its head with her journey in making crazy and wacky designs, and how that inspired her to teaching herself robotics, and instead of fearing failure, embracing it and continuing to learn and do more.
“The true beauty of making useless things [is] this acknowledgment that you don’t always know what the best answer is. It turns off that voice in your head that tells you that you know exactly how the world works. Maybe a toothbrush helmet isn’t the answer, but at least you’re asking the question.”
How simple ideas lead to scientific discoveries
Some of the world’s biggest scientific discoveries started from a simple question, and those questions led to creative (yet very achievable) ways to try and answer them. From Eratosthenes’ calculation of the Earth’s circumference around 200 BC and Hippolyte Fizeau’s measurement of the speed of light in 1849, this short video shows how simple curiosity and questioning can lead to some amazing things.
If your a fan of educational videos, why not check out our recommended YouTube channels for kids?
Got any suggestions of awesome content for kids? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org to get it featured in a future blog post.