TEDx Kids@Brussel's first edition took place in 2011 at St John's School in Waterloo, Belgium. 50 kids, all born in the year 2,000, got to be makers for a day. They hacked the web with the Mozilla Foundation, made a chair with Gever Tulley and a robot with Mark Frauenfelder, and composed a thumping house track with Mysto and Pizzi. Watch the video to get a feel for how the day went.
This year we're going to build a biology lab with another set of amazing mentors and experts (see below). The other big change is that this year's event is ONLY for kids, no parents program, no speakers, no auditorium - just kids doing cool stuff. Priority will be given to children born in 2002 and to those who have never attended a TEDxKids@Brussels event before. All attending children must be fluent English speakers.
TEDxKids@Brussels is now fully booked, thank you very much for your interest. Results will be shown during TEDx Brussels on November 12
Greg Gage is a Neuroscientist and co-founder of Backyard Brains, an organisation teaching kids and amateurs neuroscience through hands-on experiments to see and hear brain signals from living neurons and also via robotic control of ordinary cockroaches. He's also a TED Fellow.
Eri Gentry is a founder of Bio Curious, a garage biology movement and meetup group pushing the boundaries of how bio-science is done, where it takes place and most importantly who does it. By taking the tools of production out of university hands, Gentry has created a disruptive environment for creative exploration.
Tito Jankowski is a synthetic biologist who works from home, sequencing and manipulating mailorder DNA using over-the-counter equipment in his garage. He founded the San Francisco chapter of DIYBio, a Boston originating national movement, in 2008. The group's experiments include extracting DNA from saliva and designing organisms that glow in the presence of heavy metals.
Aaron Rowe is a molecular chemistry researcher and prolific blogger about life sciences, technology and science education. He writes product reviews for Wired and has developed a low cost medical instrument as part of his studies at the University of California.