So what interests teens in 2016? Their cred on social media? Their friends? Sports? Each other? Of course all of those things, but today’s teens are also richly engaged in their world, care deeply about each other, and crave meaningful, real-world experiences. What did this year’s Rundle Academy TED-Ed Club focus their time and energies upon? The depth and breathe of their explorations are wonderful to behold.
Juliana Van Oosterwyk Bruyn believes “The coloring book is something that satisfies a primitive need to be creative. A primitive need that has slowly started to resurface. Originally when people had to do everything themselves, they were always crafting, building, and creating to survive. As time progressed, technology made people’s lives easier, and the need to make, build and create for survival was slowly lost. People slowed, and then stop crafting, and creating, altogether, causing this primitive need to resurface, demanding to be notice.”
Andreas Marinakos wants us to recognize that one of the amazing effect of this burst of happiness, i.e. a hug, “is mental ease from things such as fear, stress and anxiety. Be gone, horrid negative feelings!” He wants us to learn to embrace the awkward embrace for all it’s worth.
Charlotte Warme’s idea worth sharing is “Kids have big dreams. But, as they progress through school, often they bury these big dreams. Getting lots of choices in school might not necessarily keep these big dreams alive. But, the exploration of these choices might help a student find their passion. And, isn’t that an idea and an ideal worth spreading?”
These teenagers clearly are engaged in some pretty deep thinking about topics that matter to them and, most importantly, to everyone regardless of one’s age. Stay tuned for three more ideas worth spreading!