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Story Time from Space:

Story Time from Space is a project of the Global Space Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit education foundation. While in space, astronauts are videotaping themselves reading books to the children of Earth. These videos are being edited and placed on Story Time From Space website- under the heading of ” Video Library”.


Teen Programming

Why I Don’t Use A Smart Phone (11:58) :

Ann Makosinski is an 18 year-old student, innovator and entrepreneur. Her first toy was a box of transistors. From there, her interest in science and creating arose. One of her friends in the Philippines got a failing grade because she didn't have any electricity or light to study with at night. As a potential solution, Ann invented a flashlight that ran off the heat of the human hand - the Hollow Flashlight. The invention won her age category at the 2013 Google Science Fair, as well as numerous awards at the Intel Science and Engineering Fair. She appeared on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and was named one of TIMES 30 Under 30. Ann hopes to manufacture her flashlight, bringing the invention to developing countries and including them in emergency kits. Ann also invented the eDrink - a coffee mug that harvests the excess heat of your hot drink and converts it into electricity to charge a phone. Ann debuted the eDrink this October on her second appearance on the Tonight Show.

Learn How to Do Anything in 30 Days (9:18):

Connor Grooms has built a life, and his education, by breaking limits. At only 20, Grooms is location independent, traveling and living around the world as he runs his business online, from Saigon to Barcelona to his new homebase in Medellín. In November 2014, he gained 26 pounds of muscle in a month after a lifetime of being skinny, and wrote the book "Eating for Mass" on how to replicate his results. His book was endorsed by Dan John, one of the biggest names in strength training, as the "missing link".This past June, he achieved conversational level of Spanish in a single month and self-produced the film, "Spanish in a Month: A Language Learning Documentary" about the experience, which has been featured in outlets like Forbes. Grooms has nothing to prove - he does it because he knows that education and lifestyle are your responsibilities.

My Story is Painted on My Body (6:30):

What is beauty? What makes someone or something beautiful? It's in everything you just have to see things differently. Take it from the fashion world's newest supermodel.

The fashion industry has a new leading lady, who is serving up stunning images and redefining the global definition of beauty. Chantelle, who was diagnosed at age 4 with vitiligo, the skin condition that was made infamous by Michael Jackson, spent her youth bullied and tormented for her differences. Through all of the vocal and often volatile doubters, she believed her 5’10 frame, modelesque features and internal beauty could see her through to her dreams of becoming an international super model and spokeswomen for others with low self-esteem. At age 16, a local Toronto journalist, Shannon Boodram, discovered Chantelle and shared her story in a YouTube video. The video received over 150k views, as well as features in The Daily Mail and Access Hollywood. Her maturity, beauty and message resonated with fans around the world. Before her 18th birthday, she found herself encouraging people all over the world through her growing social media platforms.

With her emerging success online, the fashion industry began to turn their heads her way as well. Despite being rejected by every single modeling agency in Toronto, designers, photographers and runway directors began to see the beauty that the rest of the world could see. Unrepresented, she was invited to walk in several Fashion Art Toronto shows in 2013. From there, she had several of the city’s top photographers clamoring to capture her. Along her unprecedented ride to notoriety, that same year, America’s Next Top Model producers caught wind of Chantelle fever. After being discovered by Tyra Banks, Chantelle was requested to compete in the 21st cycle of America’s Next Top Model. Even though Chantelle was Canadian and visibly had vitiligo, Tyra was ready to make all exceptions necessary to make a lifelong dream come true for this young girl who refused to be held back by her own skin. Cosmopolitan, Access Hollywood, Buzzfeed, The Insider and MTV all agree that Chantelle is the next IT girl, and anyone in the know can safely rest their hopes and dreams in this new face of beauty as well.

Kelvin Doe at TEDxTeen (10:24):

THNKR is proud to present the next chapter in the riveting story of 15-Year-Old engineering prodigy Kelvin Doe. THNKR has exclusive access to Kelvin as he returns to the United States to deliver a riveting talk at TedxTeen and grapples with the impact of newfound YouTube superstardom.

15-Year-Old Kelvin Doe is an engineering whiz living in Sierra Leone who scours the trash bins for spare parts, which he uses to build batteries, generators and transmitters. Completely self-taught, Kelvin has created his own radio station where he broadcasts news and plays music under the moniker, DJ Focus.

Kelvin became the youngest person in history to be invited to the "Visiting Practitioner's Program" at MIT. THNKR had exclusive access to Kelvin throughout his life-changing journey, exploring incredible opportunities, contending with homesickness, and mapping out his future.

Outside the Box: Caine Monroy at TEDxTeen (3:49):

A used auto parts store in Los Angeles doesn't seem to be a likely place for a boy on summer vacation. It also doesn't seem like the ideal place to build a cardboard arcade, but one boy did. Caine Monroy was 9 years old when he created "Caine's Arcade." With a good amount of cardboard and a soaring imagination, Caine changed the way we look at creativity. Despite the location, Caine formed his arcade by designing games, creating customer passes and even prizes. At first, traffic was slow. But then, filmmaker Nirvan Mullick came to his father's used auto parts store. Mullick saw something special in Caine's Arcade and wanted to tell his story. And the rest, as they say, is history.

 Mullick's film has received over 7 million views, along with 120,000 Facebook fans. Caine has inspired more than 100 schools in 9 different countries to create their own cardboard arcades. Caine's Arcade has been seen on various websites and television programs, from Forbes and Wired to Good Morning America and NPR. Caine's adventure took him to France as the youngest speaker ever to address the Cannes Lion Conference and to the USC Marshall School of Business.

Caine's story proves that a child's imagination is limitless and cannot be bound. With persistence and creativity, Caine managed to change not only his local community but communities around the globe.

Why I live a zero waste life (13:31):

Lauren is an Environmental Studies graduate from NYU and former Sustainability Manager at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, and the amount of trash that she has produced over the past three years can fit inside of a 16 oz. mason jar.

Lauren Singer is author of the Zero Waste blog, Trash is for Tossers and founder of organic cleaning product company, The Simply Co.

Through her blog, she has empowered millions of readers to produce less waste by shopping package-free, making their own products and refusing plastic and single-use items.

Her work has been profiled by New York Magazine, MSNBC, NBC, AOL, CNN, Yahoo, Fox Business, BBC and NPR, among others.

I’m 17 (13:38):

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Kate Simonds, senior at Timberline High School, is 17. Take a deep breath and a quick inventory of what feelings come to mind when you consider a 17 year old. Now watch this talk and prepare to have your thoughts flipped inside out.

The World is a Stage (16:05):

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. You may never think of a street performer the same again. You may also never think of an eating disorder the same again. You have a voice. You have a stage. The world is waiting.

“Royals” Performed by Lorde Courtesy of Lava Music under license from Universal Music Enterprises Written by Ella Yelich O’Connor Published by Songs Music Publishing LLC o/b/o Songs of SMP (ASCAP)

Gabi is a classically-trained, contemporary violinist raised in the Silicon Valley. Beginning the violin at the age of two, she took private lessons until the age of seventeen. During her violin career, she was a member of the California Youth Symphony for a decade, where she had the privilege of touring abroad to France, Italy and China. After high school, Gabi did not intend to pursue a career in music, but instead majored in History. After quitting a job in sales, she took to the streets of Palo Alto to begin performing - at first playing classical music, and later, taking on contemporary music as well as improvisation. Gabi adapts to any genre, from hip-hop to folk to jazz to electronic, all of which she combines in a smooth and effortless way. After gaining notice from many who enjoyed her impromptu street performances, Gabi was hired throughout the bay area for private events. Her career as the "Silicon Valley Violinist" began. Since then, she has navigated her career in uncharted territories, managing her career on her own and creating a business. Rather than strive to fit a mold in the entertainment field, Gabi takes on any project that comes her way. Throughout her journey, she seeks to explain to people that they do not need to place themselves in a mold created by society, in business or in everyday life. Gabi continues her career without any roadmap and without any strict goal – just curiosity and the willingness to prove that nothing will stop her from spreading her music.

Changing The World In Your Pajamas (16:18)

There is a global food crisis to be solved. Why not solve it in your pajamas?

TEDxTeen opening music by BlackDoe

 Ciara Judge is an 18 year-old scientist and entrepreneur from Kinsale, Ireland. Over the past three years, she has won the BT Young Scientist, the European Union Contest for Young Scientists and the Google Global Science Fair with her teammates for their research on the work of rhizobium with cereal crops. In September 2014, Time Magazine named Ciara as one of the 25 most influential teens worldwide, and she has been pegged as a 'rising star' and 'one to watch' by several national and international news outlets. She is now co-director of her first company, Germinaid Innovations, with Emer Hickey. Last summer, she began work on her second startup PurchaseMate, while studying at MIT, Boston. Ciara is currently working with a global team on a new not-for-profit youth outreach platform called Project Zilkr to provide an online structured program that inspires young entrepreneurs. Ciara's entrepreneurial exploits, along with her philanthropic efforts with the Chernobyl Children's Project.

Changing The Face Of Fashion (8:56):

When fashion can change a global conversation. TEDxTeen opening music by BlackDoe

Mariah recently became the world's first Muslim model in hijab for H&M, earning her worldwide attention. She has appeared on CNN, BBC News, ITV, CNN and NBC, and been featured in the New York Times, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, Evening Standard and the Khaleej Times. She has been interviewed by BBC5 Live, BBC Asian Network, BBC1, as well as other radio stations worldwide, to discuss the issues around Muslims appearing in Western fashion. Mariah has continued to cause a stir in the fashion world, breaking the “Western ideals” of fashion. With appearances in Harper’s Bazaar, Dazed and Grazia, she has helped to change the modern perception of beauty. Mariah is not just concerned with making a name for herself in fashion. She wishes to inspire women all over the world with her message of equality.

Rethink Before You Type (11:30):

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Have you ever done or said something and wished you could take it back? Cyber bullying is a bigger problem than you think. There is a solution. ReThink about it...

Trisha Prabhu is a 14-year-old student at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Illinois. From a young age, she has been fascinated with the inner workings of the brain. In 2013, Trisha heard about young girl’s suicide due to bullying on the Internet and set out to find a long-term solution to cyber-bullying.

Her research led her to create the product Rethink, which won her a spot as a Google Science Fair 2014 Global Finalist. Rethink gives adolescents who are trying to post an offensive message on social media a second chance to reconsider their decision. Her product idea also won first prize at the PowerPitch Competition at 1871, Chicago’s technology and entrepreneurial hub. Rethink has been covered on Business Insider, International Business Times, Huffington Post and several other media outlets. She currently holds a Provisional Patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for Rethink.

Prior to her Rethink project, Trisha researched the brain’s role in the cognitive distraction that causes distracted driving. She won a Gold Medal Award from the Illinois Junior Academy of Science for her work. She is an advocate of STEM in education and believes that technology is the future of tomorrow. She has spoken at education and technology conferences in the Chicago area.

Aside from her love of science and technology, Trisha is a published author of four books. She was also named Chicago’s Financial Literacy Ambassador by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Be Something for a Day (12:01):

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Grandma gives you $1,000. You invest it in Bitcoin as a competition to one-up your brother. It grows into $100,000. You sell it and start an education start up. At 15 you realize you have a lot of pressure on you. It's important to do one thing good for a day - be CEO for a day, be an accountant for a day, be everything and anything for a day - until you realize what it is you really want to do and what day you want for the rest of your life.

Erik Finman is a 15-year-old entrepreneur from Idaho. Not long ago, he invested $1,000 he received from his grandmother into bitcoins. Soon after, he sold them for $100,000.

With his earnings, Erik has decided to address some of the negative experiences he has had with the educational system and provide learning that is focused on the student. Instead of learning passively in a classroom, he wants students to learn by experiencing the world the way they want to.

From his home in Idaho, using just a computer and the Internet, he started He now manages a 20-person team comprised of programmers and other professionals from all over the world. Recently, he has been working on a Botangle event called "Intern For A Day," which allows interns to work for top companies for an entire day. Erik hopes to help other teenage entrepreneurs "because you're never too young to do something great."

Dance Performance (5:07):

Music credit: R-TrX Music-“My Soul In Pain" TEDxTeen opening music by BlackDoe

Ange-Michael Mboumbou, also known as Shaadow Sefiroth, started dancing in 2009. His first dance style was "electro dance", that he approached while in France. It was only in the year of 2010/2011 that he began to practice hip-hop. Later on, Shaadow moved to London to study. He created a way to understand the dance through martial arts, science and philosophy, all other subjects he enjoyed. These elements allowed him to combine the rigor and dedication of martial arts, the critical thinking, precision and factual nature of science, along with the constant questioning of philosophy. He has a wide-ranging dance vocabulary that allows him to truly capture music. He embodies the emotion and energy of music and then transmits it into a physical form. Shaadow has certainly mastered the art of hard work and perseverance, teaching himself other art forms such as drawing, singing, music production and his most recent venture, designing clothes. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community

The Genius of ScienceGZA & Science Genius at TEDxTeen 2014: or

GZA is a founding member of the seminal hip hop group, the Wu-Tang Clan, and co-founder of SCIENCE GENIUS with Christopher Emdin of Teachers College. The program seeks to engage high school students in science using hip hop. The pilot program met with great success in terms of recognition and results: participating schools saw an increase in regents exams scores and 15-25% in attendance. When asked who was his favorite Wu Tang member, Mayor Elect of New York City, Bill DiBlasio, said "GZA. Not only is he a great lyricist, but I also admire his work to engage African American and Latino students in the sciences."

GZA appeared alongside RZA in Jim Jarmusch's film Coffee & Cigarettes, opposite Bill Murray. The two also appeared on the Chappelle Show's in the now legendary skits "Wu Tang Financial" and "Racial Draft." GZA has lectured at Harvard, Oxford, USC, MIT, NYU, Cornell, and JPL/NASA. In his travels, he has met with a myriad scientists to seek inspiration for his forthcoming album entitled DARK MATTER, which will be released Spring 2014. The project is a natural extension of his longtime fascination with the cosmos. "I will take a quantum leap and discuss the universe while taking us on a journey through deep space. Traveling at lightspeed from the galactic center of one galaxy to the farthest corners of another. I hope my listeners will enjoy this cosmic adventure within a world of colossal planets, gas giants, meteorites, comets, and asteroids in the most extreme conditions."

TEDxTeen - Natalie Warne - Anonymous Extraordinaries (12:51)

Born in an underserved part of downtown Chicago, Natalie and her five siblings had to survive on her mother's humble teacher salary, moving from city to city to find work. No stranger to adversity, Natalie was determined to make something great out of her life. At 17, Natalie saw the documentary Invisible Children: The Rough Cut, a film exposing Africa's longest running war. Compelled by this story, she applied to be a volunteer or "roadie" for Invisible Children, using her voice to help end this war.

She quickly stood out among the other interns, and was quickly given responsibility to help lead Invisible Children's largest project to date; an event in 100 cities worldwide called "The Rescue." Through her determination, tens of thousands of people came out to the event, sleeping in the streets for up to six days in order to raise the profile of this war.

Her efforts paid off when Oprah Winfrey invited Invisible Children, and Natalie, onto her show to add her voice to the numbers. The event was then highlighted on Larry King Live, CNN, and countless other news outlets. Natalie has natural charisma, astounding leadership qualities, and is now working in Los Angeles as a film editor, to continue to share stories of injustices.

It’s all about the words (8:50):

Taylor is the Young Voices Senior Editor at The Huffington Post, where she provides a platform for thousands of talented teens to talk about what's really happening in their lives -- socially, academically and culturally. She is passionate about community-building, advocating for young voices and using social media as a catalyst to start conversations.

Taylor studied Journalism and Women's Studies at the University of Connecticut, during which she was a two-time New York Women in Communications, Inc. Scholarship recipient. She currently serves as co-chair of Scholar Relations on the the NYWICI Foundation Board and is a volunteer journalist fellow for the News Literacy Project, a national educational program that teaches middle and high school students how to navigate media in the digital age.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community

Persistent Experimentation (12:22)

Kelvin was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone in 1996 as the youngest of five children. His creative instincts have been with him as a child and he would often dream of solutions to problems in his community. At the age of 10, he started scavenging for scrap electronics parts from dump sites after school for his inventions.

Kelvin, together with his team, was a winner of Global Minimum's Innovate Salone 2012 -- the inaugural high school innovation challenge in Sierra Leone. He had built a radio station for his community out of recycled materials, in addition to homemade batteries and a generator. Kelvin was selected to travel to the U.S. in 2012, where he was invited to speak at the "Meet the Young Makers" panel at the World Maker Faire 2012 in New York.

Kelvin officially became the youngest ever "visiting practitioner" with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) International Development Initiative. At MIT, he presented his inventions to students in two D-Lab classes, engaged with community members at MIT, and participated in hands-on research at the MIT Media Lab. He has also lectured to undergraduate engineering students at Harvard College. Kelvin's experience captured on a YouTube video has been viewed over 4 million times and continues to inspire other young people in his country and around the world. Kelvin is presently continuing his high school education at Prince of Wales secondary school in Sierra Leone. "I believe that through innovation, we can build our nation Sierra Leone" - Kelvin Doe

Discovering the Storm: Tallia Storm at TEDxTeen:

Tallia Storm When one of the biggest artists in the world calls your mobile to invite you to join him onstage, there's good reason to celebrate! This is what happened to the Scottish teenager, Tallia, after she had left her CD with Sir Elton John's partner, David Furnish, in a Hawaiian hotel restaurant. The following day, Sir Elton himself called to tell her that she has one of the most exciting vocal signatures he had heard in years. As a result, in the summer of 2012 in Scotland, at just 13 years old, Tallia opened Sir Elton's show, belting out strong, soulful melodies to an audience of 17,000 people. She had an R&B groove that defied her petite teenage frame. To great critical acclaim, she became front page news and dubbed "Tiny Chancer" by the press.

With her trademark 'big hair,' Tallia Storm is already critically acclaimed in her native Scotland and gathering an audience around the world as well. The Tallia Storm vocal is raw and uncontrived. It's a deep soulful/jazz signature reminiscent of the Motown era.

With her quirky and fearless sense of style, 'can do' attitude and determination, she has caught the attention of the world's fashion press and warns her fans: "Be ready, there's a Storm comin'!"

Bringing community back offline (16:53)

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. In a world where everything and everyone is online, Ankit talks about the importance of bringing back offline community and grabbing tea with a stranger.

Ankit is an aspiring "good guy" and the creator of Tea With Strangers, a movement that is all about making fun and meaningful interactions more approachable. In his free time, Ankit works on empowering local change-makers to level up standards of wellbeing in rural India with SEEKHO. Ankit graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School in 2013 with a degree in Marketing and Operations.

Ankit is interested in leveraging our inherent desire for connection and serendipity to make empathy and kindness more approachable. This has led him to study behavioral psychology and human motivation in order to discover how to "bring out the awesome" in all of us.

Tea With Strangers is in cities all over the United States, with hundreds of hosts who have brought thousands of people together for conversations about everything and nothing.

Breaking Down the Unknown: Angela Zhang at TEDxTeen (11:16):

Angela Zhang is currently a senior at Monta Vista High School, Cupertino, California. She is the top individual winner of a $100,000 scholarship awarded by the 2011 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, and the winner of more than 20 awards in regional, state, national and international science fairs. Angela has been featured on CNN and CBS for her research. She has also planned and executed fundraisers that have raised over $5,000 each year for the Monta Vista Interact Club and has participated in the Stanford Jade Ribbon Youth Council to raise awareness about Hepatitis B.

Hackschooling makes me happy (11:13):

When 13 year-old Logan LaPlante grows up, he wants to be happy and healthy. He discusses how hacking his education is helping him achieve this goal.

Give Happiness: Joseph Peter at TEDxTeen (16:02):

Joseph is one of the most traveled young artists in the world. In 2009, Joseph created a photographic study of happiness during the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola which covered fifty African nations over seventy-five days. He captured a selection of some of the most uplifting and inspiring imagery of the African people. The iconic portraits depict African people of all ages, races, religions and nationalities, uniting them through the medium of happiness. The Book of Happiness: Africa was given to 2500 global leaders, dignitaries and stakeholders at the 2010 World Cup Final in South Africa by Coca-Cola. A special handmade edition was also presented to Nelson Mandela (The Official Book #1) and his grandsons, Ndaba and Kweku Mandela.

In 2011, the book inspired a campaign led by Dr Hamid Al-Bayati, Ambassador of Iraq to the United Nations, Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, the 66th President of the General Assembly, H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, and Prime Minister Jigme Thinley of Bhutan, to create an International Day of Happiness. It was adopted on June 28th, 2012 by consensus of all 193 member nations, declaring March 20th of every year the official global day to celebrate and recognize Happiness as a universal goal.

Saving the high street (7:32):

Do you shop online or at a store? With all the technology we have at our fingertips james Anderson believes retail hasn't caught up yet and consumers deserve a better experience with more possibilities. Welcome to the future of retail.

James is a 17-year-old entrepreneur and leader of a new venture called Space Lounges — a revolutionary digital retail experience, which aims to bring together the physical and digital world in harmony. Last year, he founded Thinkspace. Thinkspace is a non-profit organisation with the goal of encouraging young coders. Thinkspace received over 100,000 website views, 25,000 views on the launch video and attracted the interest of 400+ schools that wanted to build a Thinkspace of their own. The initiative inspired tens of thousands of students to ‘go out there’ and start their own projects and businesses. Through extensive PR and marketing strategies, the team managed to reach over 15 million people when it launched. Thinkspace has been featured on BBC, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Times, The Verge, WIRED, CNET, ZDNet, Microsoft, Virgin, The Next Web, LinkedIn and Business Insider. James has had experience working directly with Sir Richard Branson, Dick Costolo, Steve Wozniak, Stephen Fry, David Marcus, Dennis Crowley, Vic Gundotra, Jimmy Wales and others. James’s current venture, Space Lounges, has been backed by Microsoft Ventures London and has a life goal of changing the face of retail. James will open the first store in late 2014

How to make your greatest investment (17:20):

Rachel became involved with investing and trading at 15. Before trading, she was looking for ways to grow her savings and become financially independent at a young age. Her parents were very financially aware and infused that into her life early on. At 15, Rachel began researching how to invest and trade on the Internet. She opened her first joint online trading account with her parents, started with stocks, and 3.5 years later, she is currently trading stocks, futures and options successfully. Rachel has been working as an entertainer since she was 5-years-old. She has grown up performing and entertaining via music and film, and will continue to do so for the rest of her life.

Rachel and her band, No Babies No Bullets have played at different music festivals and venues through the West Coast, including Sundance Film Festival 2015, NAMM, The Viper Room and others. She has also worked on films and television shows with Daniel Craig, Naomi Watts, Patricia Arquette, Daryl Hannah, Michael Chiklis and many more.

Since Rachel was home-schooled for high school and finished early, she began blogging about finance and investing to continue while in-between working on sets and playing music. Her blog is read by people both young and old who want basic answers to their finance questions and want to start investing. Rachel was on CNBC, YahooFinance and Fox Business to discuss Fox on Stocks and trading as well as named one of Time Magazine's 25 Top Most Influential Teens of 2014.

Magic, Rhyme and Reason: Krystyn Lambert at TEDxTeen (14:59):

Krystyn Lambert, through her national television work, international performance schedule, and critical acclaim within the community of magicians, has become one of the most recognized females in magic. She became enamored with the art at a young age, and her professional career began at age 12, when she became the youngest member of the junior society at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood. She has been a sought-after performer and personality at this illustrious venue ever since.

After starring in the multi-award winning magic documentary, Make Believe, Krystyn has been invited by the United States Department of State to travel to schools across Asia to perform and share experiences from her life in both magic and in the American university system. She serves as a positive role model to youth across the world, possessing a keen sense of how to successfully communicate her perspective to a diverse range of audiences. Krystyn is 21 years old and a third year honors student at the University of California, Los Angeles, majoring in philosophy.

The Virtual Human Right: Jack Andraka at TEDxHousesofParliament (14:16):

Jack Andraka is arguably one the most remarkable high school students ever. Aged only 15, he created a novel paper sensor that detects pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancer in 5 minutes for as little as 3 cents. His research won him the Gordon E. Moore award at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award. In this inspirational talk, Jack argues that the democratisation of science and open access to information are not only essential for innovation to flourish but a basic human right that will allow us to reach our true potential.

Forget what you know (18:10):

Jacob Barnett is an American mathematician and child prodigy. At 8 years old, Jacob began sneaking into the back of college lectures at IUPUI. After being diagnosed with autism since the age of two and placed in his school's special ed. program, Jacob's teachers and doctors were astonished to learn he was able to teach calculus to college students.

At age nine, while playing with shapes, Jacob built a series of mathematical models that expanded Einstein's field of relativity. A professor at Princeton reviewed his work and confirmed that it was groundbreaking and could someday result in a Nobel Prize. At age 10, Jacob was formally accepted to the University as a full-time college student and went straight into a paid research position in the field of condensed matter physics. For his original work in this field, Jacob set a record, becoming the world's youngest astrophysics researcher. His paper was subsequently accepted for publication by Physical Review A, a scientific journal shared on sites such as NASA, the Smithsonian, and Harvard's webpage. Jacob's work aims to help improve the way light travels in technology.

Jacob is also CEO and founder of Wheel LLC, a business he started in his mom's garage, and is in the process of writing a book to help end "math phobia" in his generation. Jacob's favorite pastime is playing basketball with the kids at his charity, Jacob's Place. It is a place where kids with autism are inspired every day to be their true authentic selves...just like Jacob.

How to write your own story (10:39):

You don't like any books out there so you write your own. 17 million other people read it too. You get a book deal from Random House and you become one of Time Magazines most influential young people. Moral of the story - something is missing in the world you create it yourself.

Beth Reekles is an avid writer, reader and drinker of tea. When she was only 15, she penned her young adult romance novel, The Kissing Booth. She began uploading it to the story-sharing platform, Wattpad, where it accumulated more than 19 million reads. At age 17, while she was still completing her A Levels in French, Spanish, Maths and Physics, Beth was offered a 3-book deal from Random House UK.

Originally from South Wales, Beth is currently an undergraduate of Physics at Exeter University. She has published three books with Random House: The Kissing Booth, Rolling Dice and Out of Tune. Beth was awarded the Scout’s Birthday Honours Badge for Writing in 2013, was named one of Time Magazine’s 16 Most Influential Teenagers in 2013 and was number 6 on The Times’ Top 25 Under 20 List in 2014. She has also been shortlisted for the Women of the Future Young Star Award 2013, the Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2014 and the Queen of Teen 2014 Award.

TEDxRedmond - Tyler Page - Kids Helping Kids (5:29):

Tyler Page's movement to empower youth started with an episode of Oprah covering the epidemic of child trafficking for fishing labor in Ghana. When he found out that just $240 could keep a child out of such horrible conditions for a year, he rallied classmates and friends to wash cars and raise money—nearly $1200. Today, Tyler's nonprofit organization, Kids Helping Kids (dedicated to empowering youth ages 5-18 through hands-on leadership) has raised over $145,000 for kids locally and around the world. In addition to regular monthly meetings open to all kids in the community, Kids Helping Kids' leadership academy was picked up as an afterschool pilot program at a middle school. When Tyler isn't at the helm of his organization, he can be found on the football or baseball field.

TEDxTeen - Zander Srodes - The Moment It Found Me (5:49):

Zander Srodes, at age eleven, created Turtle Talks - an interactive sea turtle seminar for children. In 2004, he wrote a sea turtle activity book to promote conservation in coastal communities around the world. The book is available in six languages. He has authored two other children's activity books, one on the Gopher tortoise and one on freshwater turtles. There are over 250,000 books in print and all have been given away FREE.

Zander travels the world promoting conservation. In 2010, he spoke at the International Youth Biodiversity Conference in Aichi, Japan and the 30th International Sea Turtle Symposium in Goa, India. He is currently lending support to efforts involving eco-tourism.

 Zander personally hosts groups of college students on two week volunteer service trips to Costa Rica. There they work alongside local organizations and communities preserving Leatherback turtle nesting sites. He is an intern for SEE Turtles, and the Sea Turtle Conservancy, and a previous intern at Mote Marine Laboratory. On Saturday mornings, he is a broadcaster on ESPN radio and talks about Florida sports.

English as a Second Language

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Monterey County Local History

County Librarian Film from 1922 x min


Interview: Activist Mel Mason (27:07 mins)

Source: Monterey Museum of Art  100 Story Project 2012

Interview: Activist Helen Rucker (15:19 mins.)

Source: Monterey Museum of Art  100 Story Project 2012

Mel Mason, Seaside Black History





Interview: Carol McKibben (16:03 mins)

Source: Monterey Museum of Art  100 Story Project 2012

100 Story Project - Lori Flores: The Bracero Program 13:53 minutes, source 2012
Produced by the Museum of Monterey -

100 Story Project - Lori Flores: Cesar Chavez 13:25 minutes, source
Produced by the Museum of Monterey - 2012

100 Story Project - Lori Flores: Immigration and Salinas 9:30 minutes, source 2012
Produced by the Museum of Monterey -

100 Story Project - Randy Reinstedt: Ghosts of Monterey 13:17 minutes, source 2011
Produced by the Museum of Monterey -

TV ghost hunters film episode at Soledad adobe 2:24 minutes, source KSBW Action News 8, Jul 14, 20158

100 Story Project - Steven Levinson: Fort Ord 25:14 minutes, source 2011
Produced by the Museum of Monterey -

100 Story Project - Al Baguio: Filipino Culture in Monterey 12:57 minutes, source 2011
Produced by the Museum of Monterey -

100 Story Project - Doug Lumsden: Movies in Monterey

100 Story Project - Larry Oda; Monterey's Japanese Heritage 13:26 minutes, source 2011
Produced by the Museum of Monterey -

100 Story Project - Elizabeth Barratt: Carmel Valley Culture and Heritage 11:47 minutes, source 2011
Produced by the Museum of Monterey -

100 Story Project - Skip Marquard: Developing Carmel Valley

The Weston Story

100 Story Project - Roy Hattori: Diving for Abalone 19:01 minutes, source 2011
Produced by the Museum of Monterey -

100 Story Project - Jim Pinckney: The Big Sur Land Trust

100 Story Project - Gordon Wheeler: Esalen Institute

100 Story Project - Skip Marquard: The Big Sur Marathon

100 Story project - Thom Diggins: Sloat's Landing

100 Story Project - Dr. Gary Breschini: Prehistoric Monterey 15:39 minutes, source 2011
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