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Saturday 11/19: TEDxYouth@BeaconStreet – Bring the kids!

TEDxBeaconStreet is an ALL-ages event! We have nearly 400 attendees under age 20, and nearly 200 under age 16. We love young learners, and we’re committed to making this event a family-friendly learning space. On Saturday morning, we have special programming for our youngest members!

(In fact, our event got started because our founder, John Werner, wanted to share the TED experience with his kids. He had an idea to bring an astronaut to his son’s classroom, and he put that idea into some pretty serious action!)

We know that engaging, hands-on learning is crucial for developing minds, so we’ve brought some of it to our halls this year. On Saturday morning, we’re inviting some of Boston’s most exciting learning ventures to join our community.

At the Sandy Station, kids can learn about architecture and computer imaging by playing with sand castles. With Intelitek, they can learn about coding and how to build robots. (In fact, Speaker Cameron Mastoras is a high school student who does just that!) Eric Benton, one of Boston’s premier parlor magicians, will be showing us his skills.

We’ll also have 75 pounds of Legos from South End Technology Center, a beatboxer, a music composer on a synthesizer, and a forensic science exhibit.

Even better, some of our Speakers will be making themselves especially available to our younger attendees. Eric Schilling, who runs the Scratch coding platform for kids out of his lab at MIT, will be there to show kids what he does and how it’s important for them. And Salva Dut, the founder of Water for South Sudan, a former Lost Boy, and the subject of the popular book A Long Walk to Water, will be greeting fans and signing books.

We’re so excited to welcome all these awesome exhibits and more to our space. We can’t wait to see our young audience members’ faces when they build their own 3D image or meet their hero. See you on Saturday morning!