George School Announces 2016 TEDx Date
April 6, 2016
George School is pleased to announce that the second TEDxGeorgeSchool Conference will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016 in Walton Auditorium. Beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 4:00 p.m. the conference will focus on innovation in the fields of science, engineering, and industrial design.
“We want to open the community to a day of intellectual stimulation, while simultaneously showcasing how much George School values the teaching of science, mathematics, and visual design,” said Ralph Lelii, George School International Baccalaureate coordinator, TEDxGeorgeSchool organizer, and teacher. “George School has added multiple innovations in its science and math curriculum over the past few years, and this conference is a celebration of our commitment to a creative and rigorous STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) education.”
The conference will once again feature speakers from a range of backgrounds, all focused on the idea of innovation. Though the planning committee is still identifying speakers, George School alumnus Dr. Mario Capecchi ’56, a 2007 Nobel Prize recipient in Medicine and Physiology is confirmed. Mario’s seminal work involved the creation of mice in which specific genes could be turned off, research which has opened investigations into a host of applied genetic possibilities in neurology, as well as multiple areas of pure research. In addition to a panel of distinguished speakers, there will be a number of “breakout” events throughout the program inviting audience participation and allowing participants to get up and move about the campus.
The first TEDxGeorgeSchool was held on Saturday, June 13, 2015. That event explored a range of ideas about what should be taught to students who must adapt to a world that is undergoing an unprecedented rate of cultural and intellectual change. View talks from the first event on the TEDx YouTube channel.
About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED (Technology, Education, Design) has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available at no charge at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.