By Lorri Wyndham

On Saturday, August 25, Elizabeth Marion (CE’s new director of curriculum and program development) and I went to a local TED event, TEDxSugarland. The theme was “The Age of Wonderment”.  The day was broken into four sessions: Mystery, Mind, Matter and Magic. We managed to stay through the Matter session before our brains hit the tipping point of information absorption.

“TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. The TEDx program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level (

The event we attended was organized by the community of Sugarland, TX and held in the auditorium of a local High School.

I can’t even begin to imagine what it is like for those fortunate enough to participate in the official TED conference, because the information, passion and ideas flowing at the local level were amazing almost to the point of being overwhelming.I have posted a link to the local sight above.

Trying to  describe all of the speakers and the ideas they put forth would be an impossible task. A high school senior drew a parallel between philosophy and the inventing process. Astronaut, Nicole Stott,  spoke of her experience as a woman working at NASA and being on the space station. A woman from Mongolia spoke with passion about planning sustainable growth. These three were just the tip of the iceberg, but the speaker that spoke to my Computer Explorers heart was Dr. Ethan Crowell, assistant principal at Clements High School in Sugarland, TX. His discussion about approaching individual education through community, communication and creativity, was nothing less than inspiring.

If you are looking for a different way to spend a Saturday, look for an event near you.


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