Thursday, March 15, 2018

TED Talk #16: Want to Be an Activist? Start with your toys!

Hi Everyone, 

Our talk today comes from a girl who is right about your age.

McKenna Pope's younger brother loved to cook, but he worried about using an Easy-Bake Oven

— because it was a toy for girls. So at age 13, Pope started an online petition for the American toy company Hasbro (based right here in Rhode Island!) to change the pink-and-purple color scheme on the classic toy and incorporate boys into its TV marketing.
 In a heartening talk, Pope makes the case for gender-neutral toys and gives a rousing call to action to all kids who feel powerless.

I hope her talk will motivate and inspire you all.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

TED Talk #15- A Call to Invention

Hi Everyone,

Do you love handmade things?  Is working with your hands something you enjoy doing?   Have you always wondered just what you can do with a potato chip?

If you think it's fun to make stuff, then, this is the TED Talk for you!  Check out William Gurstelle's talk where he shows you how to make speakers from objects you may already have around your house! 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

TED Talk #14: Looks Aren't Everything

Beauty is in the Eyes of the Beholder... but try telling that to the media industry!

Today's TED talk comes from Cameron Russell about the subject of beauty.  Cameron, a model, knows first-hand how often people are judged based on the way we look.

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Cameron Russell admits she won “a genetic lottery”: she's tall, pretty and a model. But don't judge her by her looks. In this fearless talk, she takes a critical look at the industry that had her looking highly seductive at barely 16 years old.

Take a look at her TED talk at This link.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

TED Talk #13: The magic ingredient that brings Pixar movies to life

Anyone interested in art, technology, storytelling, digital graphics, or even Finding Nemo is going to love this chat!!

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See how animators create the realistic digital worlds and characters that we've come to love! 
Danielle Feinberg, Pixar's director of photography, creates stories with soul and wonder using math, science, and code. Go behind the scenes of Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Brave, WALL-E and more, and discover how Pixar interweaves art and science to create fantastic worlds where the things you imagine can become real. This talk comes from the PBS special "TED Talks: Science & Wonder."
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Click here to view the Danelle's Talk 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

TED Talk #12: A Story of Mixed Emoticons

Storytelling has been around for thousands of years! 

Each generation puts their own personal spin on the stories we tell to reflect the culture and time. Check out this storyteller/ poet as he tells a bittersweet story with emoticons! 

Find his talk here.  

Rives has been called the world's first 2.0 poet.  He uses images, video, and technology to bring his words to life!