A group of high school students are invited to a conference with some of the nation's top researchers. And as our Adam Balkin explains, you're invited along as well.
Among a room full of some of today's top minds in the fields of science, technology, engineering, math, even art are these four high school students. They've been invited to this year's annual PopTech conference in Maine, for solving some of the world's greatest problems through science, technology, engineering, math and maybe even art. The students are participating in a program called Spark organized with the help of our parent company Time Warner Cable under it's Connect a Million Minds initiative.
"We've selected four young youth ambassadors from different parts of the country from New York and Milwaukee and here in Maine to come together and have intimate discussions and one on one sessions with some of these working scientists. It's not going to be possible to be an effective public citizen in the 21st century unless you understand science, technology, engineering and mathematics it doesn't mean you have to be a scientist or technologist or mathematician but you have to have some understanding and so what we're doing is taking the Pop-Tech network of remarkable thinkers and innovators and helping them tell their stories in ways that young people will understand," said Andrew Zolli , organizer.
And these students are also being given some training so that they can do here what I'm doing here report back to their peers on everything they see and hear.
That training involves how to take video, still shots, conduct interviews and write for a blog.
"I'm enjoying that there's so much flexibility for everything you can take video, take a photo, draw, or I can write about it," said student Molly White.
"Everybody has their own ideas, new ideas, so it was really interesting hearing what everybody else thinks about the world and how they could help save it," Anthony Morris said.
"At first this was like ok, it's all over my head but after a while they broke it down into stuff we could understand ," Keziah Green said.
If you'd like to follow the Pop! Tech conference through those youth ambassadors' eyes you can find their blog at spark.poptech.org. For more information on programs like this in your area that encourage kids to study science, technology, engineering and math check out ConnectAMillionMinds.com.