First published in ACCESS Spring 2017 magazine
Infinitely curious: TEDx Youth talks at ISH
The International School of The Hague (ISH) successfully organised the fourth edition of the TEDx Youth talks on 11 October 2016. The TEDx talks are organised independently under the umbrella of the well-known TED talks. This year’s theme, ‘Infinitely Curious’, was aimed at generating curiosity and great ideas amongst the participants.
The lively audience included 300 students and VIPs from The ISH Secondary School and other inter-national schools from The Hague, Voorschoten, Rotterdam, Oegstgeest and Maastricht. In addition, a wider audience watched the live streaming. David Butcher, the Secondary School Principal, kicked off the event with his inspiring words, “This year’s theme would spark creativity amongst the youth and help them to create ideas worth spreading.”
The talks ranged from scientific and technological innovations to culture and the arts. The speakers included a Delft aerospace engineering student, Michaela Brchnelova; ISH student Alexander van Dijk and alumnus Liam McClain; ISH student Sara van Eeghen; London-based artist Nick Fergusion; a virtual reality developer, Gijs Molsbergen; a bio-engineer, Berend van Meer; a quantum mechanics researcher, Julia Cramer; Science Policy Adviser at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Dr. Jonathan Forman; and a distinguished European Space Agency scientist, Dr. Oliver Jennrich.
The 16 themed workshops led by the brilliant ISH teachers and the speakers provided a wonderful opportunity for hands-on activities. In the foyer, many innovative exhibits were showcased such as a rocket built by Delft Aerospace Engineering students, a sustainable car designed by ISH students, a prototype microclimate developed by local landscape artists, a model of the gravitational wave -detector (LISA) built by the European Space Agency, a bug and insect-tasting table for the not-so-faint-hearted, and a quirky virtual reality demo.
Yet another excellent event
The organiser, Yarona van der Horst, her core team members, ISH teachers, parents and student volunteers worked hard to make this event possible. True to the words of the epitome of curiosity, Albert Einstein who once said, “The important thing is not to stop questioning,” The International School of The Hague is ensuring a better future for the world by nurturing the curiosity and imagination of the youth.
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