Our granddaughter Devon turned 6 yesterday. She celebrated with bacon and eggs in bed (which she first helped to prepare) and a visit to Boston's Museum of Science (her choice over the beach). This made sense because Devon has recently changed her career goal from acrobat to inventor.
Just like I encourage my sons to "read the book" before they see a movie, I encourage students to experience concepts through real-life exercises before they play with technical simulations. Tie knots. Fold origami. Play with Legos.
What do you think you'd get if you put a team of high school students together for four months and gave them the opportunity to take risks and to unleash their scientific creativity to solve real world problems?