Skyline Architecture Students Attend TEDxSMU Conference

Peter Goldstein, faculty member at DISD's Skyline Architecture Cluster sends in this report on Skyline students attending the TED conference at SMU:

On Friday, October 9th, five students from the Skyline Architecture Cluster attended the first ever TEDxKids symposium which was held on the campus of SMU. The program was sponsored by the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering, and included more than 300 7th-9th grade students from schools around the Metroplex.

TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, is an international, invitation-only event where the world's leading thinkers and doers gather to find inspiration. The theme of the TEDxKids conference was, "What will change everything?" The talks, which were 18 minutes maximum- a TED tradition, focused on a number of themes including innovation, exploration, and the interface of engineering and humanitarian projects around the world. Speakers included astronaut Anoush Ansari, aerial photographer Bobby Haas, physicist Amory Lovins, and William Kamkwamba a student from Malawi who built a windmill that brought water and drought relief to his small African village.

The half day conference for students was followed by a full day TEDx event for adults that featured additional speakers including Joshua Prince-Ramus who discussed his design of the new Wyly Theatre in the Dallas Arts District.

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