While searching for a TED talk for my 5th graders last week, I came across one that I hadn’t seen before. It was given by Beau Lotto, a neuroscientist, and Amy O’Toole, a 12-year-old published scientist.
Beau and Amy tell the story of a class of 8 and 9 year-olds and their serious scientific research into the fascinating minds of bees, which eventually became known as the “Blackawton Bees Project.” During their talk, we learn about the mistaken perceptions that we can have – such as underestimating the abilities of bees to reason and the abilities of young people to make meaningful contributions to our society. It’s a great video that should inspire adults and children to challenge common assumptions and believe that we can all make a difference in the world.
You can find more inspirational videos for students here. I also curate inspirational videos for teachers, which are located on this Pinterest Board.