Advice from a young TED speaker: Start a TED-Ed Club at your school

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If you watch the video of my TED Talk from 2010, you might see a confident 12-year-old, cracking jokes and striding around the stage in glasses that keep sliding down her nose. You won’t see me going home and crying, or starting every page in my journal with four words: “I feel sad today.”

When I was 12, TED-Ed Clubs didn’t yet exist — or I would have joined one! Instead, I divided life into two worlds: my tear-stained journal versus my practiced speeches onstage. A space to be vulnerable with others, for the larger purpose of sharing ideas? I didn’t have that in my high school. Today, TED-Ed Clubs provide students with that missing space — a place to share ideas without judgment.


Becoming Spiderman may be easier than you think: A TED-Ed Club talk on genetically modified humans

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Will future generations see the human genome as the end point for humanity — or just the beginning? This ethical quandary isn’t just the stuff of science fiction. Scientists already have the ability to create glow-in-the-dark pigs using jellyfish DNA. As human gene-editing technology becomes cheaper and easier over time, can genetically modified humans really be that far behind?

In her TED-Ed Club talk, Katherine Malone explores the idea of human enhancement. Below, she answers questions about this controversial topic — and speaks her mind on the ethics around boosting human immunity and abilities through cross-species grafts.


TED-Ed July Challenge: Here’s the archive of daily lessons

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Did you sign up to keep your brain in shape this summer — and learn 31 new ideas in the month of July? If so, you’re in great company. Around the world, more than 10,000 of you are taking the TED-Ed July Challenge at this very moment. Keep up the great work, challengers! Below, catch up on any lessons you missed with the TED-Ed July Challenge lesson archive. We’ll be updating this post regularly with more archive lessons as the TED-Ed July Challenge continues to unfold.


Featured TED-Ed Club videos: Hexadactyly, bullies and doodling

Photo: Nut Puy from Fridley High School's TED-Ed Club

Photo: Nut Puy from Fridley High School’s TED-Ed Club

One of the main goals of TED-Ed Clubs has always been to provide a platform for student ideas. In this column, we do just that by highlighting nominated videos from schools participating in TED-Ed Clubs around the world.


A young TED speaker shares 3 storytelling tips for TED-Ed Clubs

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Great TED Talks — and TED-Ed Club talks — can be as compelling as any fictional tale. As a student when I gave my TED Talk, I thought a lot about how to use narrative writing strategies for powerful presentations. Below are 3 storytelling tips for your next talk, plus some inspiration from other TED speakers:


What’s so super about superheroes? This teen speaker explains.

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Everyone loves a good superhero story. But why? Arjun Mehrotra explores the idea in his TED-Ed Club talk for Singapore’s international school UWC East. To learn more about why the world loves superheroes, watch the talk. Then, read on for an interview with the teen speaker about how superhero stories can inspire people to take action.


Debunking the black male stereotype: One teen speaks up

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High school senior Brandon Allen is only 17 years old, and he’s already tired of being stereotyped based on the color of his skin. Naturally, then, when it came time to choose a topic for his TED-Ed Club presentation, Brandon chose to use the platform to debunk some of the most pervasive and frustrating stereotypes that he and other black men encounter on a daily basis. We caught up with Brandon to talk about his presentation and how people can fight this destructive brand of stereotyping in schools and at home.


A teen gamer interviews Milktea

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Lilian Chen, aka Milktea, grew up playing Super Smash Brothers Melee. But when her love of the game led her to compete in national tournaments, she noticed a big gender imbalance that brought with it a troubling social dynamic. In this TED-Ed Lesson, Lilian talks about her experiences with sexism in the Smash community and how she tries to raise awareness for this topic in a way that doesn’t shame male gamers. To learn more about Milktea’s experiences and the topic of gaming, read this article — and the interview below with Milktea, conducted at TEDYouth by teen gamer Isabel Yehya.


The science of ‘Inside Out’: 5 TED-Ed Lessons to help you understand the film

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Inside Out, Pixar’s latest animated masterpiece, is not only an emotional rollercoaster, but also a vehicle for some solid scientific storytelling. Of course, the film can’t be taken literally, as it’s a visual interpretation of abstract concepts: memories are not spheres, and the train of thought is not … actually a train. To help clarify the trickier science, we’ve rounded up 5 TED-Ed Lessons that explain some of the neuroscience and psychology introduced in the film. 


How to use TED-Ed in your Earth and Space Science classroom

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Highland Park High School teacher Gordon Williamson uses TED-Ed Lessons extensively in his middle school Earth and Space Science classroom to catalyze conversations and supplement his curriculum. Below, a snapshot of Gordon’s favorite lessons and how he chooses to wrap them into his units.