About 3 or 4 weeks ago our lovely librarian, Mrs. (Sara) Shifrin, invited 6 Gould students to attend TEDxDirigo in Brunswick, Maine. You may or may not know this about me, but I love TED Talks! I’ve watched lots and lots online, and have always wanted to actually attend an event. When Mrs. Shifrin asked me to join her I think I literally screamed. After 3 weeks of anticipation and excitement we finally got to go yesterday! The whole event was spectacular! This was the first TEDx event ever to incorporate youth. What this means is there were about 75 of us teens at this conference. There were youth hosts and even youth presenters (who all were amazing to say the least!)
-The People! All of the presenters, volunteers, and attendees were so engaged and passionate about the presentations. Meeting people of all ages who were so enthusiastic about whatever it was they were into (beat boxing or the makers movement or racial equalities) was just straight up awesome!
-The Food! The food was catered by The Frontier Cafe and Gelato Fiasco- need I say more?
-The “I Generate…” Chalkboard! On a long wall, a long chalkboard was placed with around 50 “I Generate”s- the idea being each person writes something that they generate in the blank space!
-The Photo Booth! A photographer had set up his camera and a back drop and took a bunch of portraits of people there. In the end he created a short movie by combining all of the stills!
-The Solar Powered Bike/Car! Outside there was a small, what they called “Elf Car” It had bike pedals and handle bars, but was inside a small car frame. There was no floor and only one seat. On the roof were solar panels to charge the vehicle! It can go up to 20mph and can travel about 20 miles with one battery. A few of us got to take it on a test drive around the parking lot!
Here are some photos from TEDxDirigo:
To learn more about TEDxDirigo, visit: http://tedxdirigo.com
I have to say it was quite the Sunday!
See ya next week,
Buddha Quote of the Week:
“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”