I recently had the opportunity to speak about the Soggy Science Expedition and its impact in my classroom at the TEDxSMU conference in Dallas, TX at Southern Methodist University. The TEDx events are independently organized TED events that are attempting to make the TED experience accessible to more people around the world. If you are not familiar with TED, it stands for Technology Entertainment and Design. For more than 20 years, the TED conference has sought to spread great ideas from leading thinkers among invitation only audiences of the most innovative thinkers around. Past TED speakers have included Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Bill Clinton, Stephan Hawking, Bill Gates and many others. If you have not seen the TED website, they have hundreds of the talks available free online and I highly recommend viewing them at TED.com.
Initially, when I was asked to speak at TEDxSMU, I was thrilled. However, as I considered the acts that I was going to follow, (world famous undersea explorer Dave Gallo, brilliant mathemagician Art Benjamin, nationally renound physicist Amory Lovins and inspirational inventor William Kwamkamba to name a few) I became terrified. How would I be able to take the same stage as so many who are so well respected in their respective fields? When it came time to take the stage I was extremely nervous, but I went out and shared my Soggy Science experience and tried to convey the enthusiasm that I had for the project. The audience was extremely supportive and I feel like my talk was well recieved. Thank you so much to all of you who found me at the afterparty to let me know that you enjoyed the talk. Thank you TEDxSMU for giving me the chance to share my story.
My talk will be available online within the next few months at www.ted.com
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