The Internet empowers the creative.
H/T BBC News
Thomas Suarez is typical in that way. He is working on a patent-pending 3D printer which, he says, will work 10 times faster than the MakerBot model he uses at home.
But in most other ways, Thomas is anything but typical. At 15, he is a seasoned businessman.
The teenager tinkers with 3D printing technology when he’s not in school or codes new apps for smartphones or Google Glass (which he wears all the time outside of school).
He also has his own company, CarrotCorp, formed when he was 11 years old and making his first apps.
Sounds like a remarkable boy. I’m sure he learned how to do all this in our wonderful public education system that is preparing our children for the 21st century? Right? Um… no.
Thomas is completely self-taught when it comes to coding and business, although he gets help from his parents on the business end.
He thinks it’s a mistake that his school in Manhattan Beach and other California public schools do not offer more technology courses.
“A lot of kids my age want to learn, but there’s no place to go because the schools aren’t teaching programming,” Thomas says.
“It’s really frustrating actually. It was really frustrating for me and it still kind of is that we don’t have any programming classes or any real tech classes at my school.
The article goes on to talk about a prototype LA public school called the “Incubator School”. It sounds really cool because it is all project based learning and most importantly the students get to direct their studies. It will be interesting to see what sort of funding that sort of school requires.