17 Jun 2015
Last Friday was a super awesome day at Ruyton. Thanks to Mr Brett Moller, Director of Digital Learning, ‘Super Awesome’ Sylvia visited the Junior School and worked with our Years 2, 3, 4 and 5 students.
‘Super Awesome’ Sylvia Todd became immersed in the world of making and tinkering at the age of seven. After visiting a Maker Faire Sylvia and her father were inspired to create a Web Show about making, which led to the production of Sylvia’s Super Awesome Maker Show.
Sylvia has delivered TEDX talks, participated in the White House Science Faire and met with President Obama, represented Girls in ICT on a panel at the UN Headquarters in Geneva, spoken at summits and conferences, and successfully launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund development of her Watercolorbot robot project kit. Sylvia is only 13 years old.
When Sylvia spoke with the girls on Friday it was her humble approach and her obvious love of science and technology that were most endearing. Her opening words to the girls were ‘I’m not a genius, I am just doing what I love’, and with that passion she engaged them in the world of science and a world of possibilities, reinforcing that learning is fun and making things is rewarding.
Sylvia’s show is watched by children and adults around the world. She has also produced Simply Awesome Sylvia Project Books. The show and books cover everything, from making rockets to sewing soft circuits to programming an Arduino. In reviewing her book Mr Steve Wozniak, Cofounder of Apple, wrote, ‘Doing things like this made me love building projects and made me feel special when I was quite young. The knowledge of how to do such things is around but it’s almost always more important to get youngsters to WANT to do thing like this. Sylvia carries that motivation factor so well that I actually would want to embark on these projects myself. The hardest steps are the beginning ones and these projects are simple enough to not lose the interest of youngsters who want to build things in their lives.’
Sylvia’s message is to get out there, have a go and make something; exactly what we hope all our girls will do. If you would like to learn more about Sylvia and her work the following sites will be of interest.
Ms Linda Douglas, Principal
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