5 TED Talks to Keep Your Child Engaged and Learning This Summer

It’s that time of year — school is out, and summer is in! But that doesn’t mean that learning has to stop. Luckily, TED Talks has an endless amount of videos that can keep your child inspired to do more with his or her free time. You never know where your child may find a passion.

Two Young Scientists Break Down Plastic with Bacteria
While Miranda Wang and Jeanny Tao were in their senior year of high school, they were focused on much more than finals and prom. These two young women went in search of bacteria that could break down plastic to reduce the epidemic plastic waste problem that is currently ahead of us.

Underwater Astonishments
David Gallo reveals the artistic beauty of life in the shallow and deep sea in his TED Talks. During this short presentation, you’ll see neon light displays, master camouflage, and much more!

The Genius Puppetry Behind War Horse
“Puppets have to struggle to be alive on stage,” Adrian Kohler of the Handspring Puppet Company said. In this TED Talks, you’ll learn about the subtle details that make all of the difference when bringing a puppet to life on stage.

A Performance of a “Mathemagic”
In this oldie but goodie TED Talks, Arthur Benjamin races a team of calculators to solve three-digit square and other massive math questions — using only his brain. He brings his talent to life in a must-watch magical way!

Unseen Footage, Untamed Nature
Filmmaker Karen Bass discusses the technology that makes filming nature possible, but she also touches upon how technology is merely one component that makes these documentaries possible. A passion for nature and being in the right place at the right time are what will get the money shots.

Whether your child is interested in film, nature, math, the environment, or art, there is a TED Talks out there that will spark inspiration to do more with his or her time this summer.


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Shelby Wagner - 1st Grade Teacher Fairmont Historic AnaheimTop Teacher & Skating Champion
Shelby “My favorite part of being a teacher is the children I get to teach.”
  • Is one of the head teachers for the Fountain Valley Artistic Skating Club, teaching regional and national champions. She also teaches beginner classes every Saturday morning.
  • Every year, her students are amazed to find that their teacher has a life outside of the classroom.
“I love feeling like I’m part of a family [at Fairmont].”
Keira Kamath - 5th Grade Fairmont Anaheim HillsScience & Tennis Superstar
keira “I like how there are so many different specialty classes at Fairmont Anaheim Hills, like art, music, PE, science lab, computer lab, and Spanish.”
  • She would like to be a professional tennis player when she grows up, or maybe a doctor.
  • Loves dance and plays the piano
  • Her favorite class is science “because you get to figure out stuff, and I like to do experiments.”
Nicholas Aghaian - 7th Grade Fairmont Historic AnaheimKicking His Way to Med School
nicolas“The teachers and the amount of support they provide to not only me, but to the whole entire community here at Fairmont is probably what I like most about attending Fairmont Historic Anaheim.”
  • He would like to be a professional soccer player, or a doctor specializing in the field of sports medicine.
  • Enjoys basketball, piano, and soccer pitch.
  • His favorite subject is math “because I like to be challenged, and math is full of challenges.”
Gianluca De Gregoris – 2nd Grade Fairmont North TustinDancing Toward Greatness
dancing"What I like most about Fairmont is that I get to learn and meet new friends.”
  • He wants to be a professional dancer when he grows up.
  • Is trained in ballet and ballroom dancing.
  • Loves writing and creating new stories.
Nicole Heyman - Kindergarten Teacher Fairmont Anaheim HillsLaying a Foundation for Lifelong Learning
Nicole "The best part about teaching at Fairmont is being able to work with a diverse group of students who are all incredibly talented. It is amazing to be able to challenge students at such a young age and watch these children grow throughout the year.”
  • Loves camping, reading, and traveling
  • Her students love learning random things about her – like the fact that when she was in kindergarten she wanted to be Spiderman when she grew up.
  • Her proudest moments are the times when a student on campus is excited to see her, oftentimes telling her that she’s “the best teacher in the world.” “I live for those moments.”
“I choose to teach at Fairmont because of the sense of community, as well as the drive for our students to succeed.”
DJ Clovis - Music Teacher Fairmont North TustinRunning to the Rhythm
DJ Clovis “I get to work with amazing staff, faculty, parents, and most importantly, students!”
  • Teaches music to all grades — from pre-kindergarten through 8th grade
  • Coaches (or has coached) football, basketball, and Run Club
  • Plays bass trombone
  • NJHS Conflict Resolution Coach
  • He has run 15 marathons and 4 ultra marathons.
“The best part of teaching at Fairmont is the autonomy — being able to create a program that fits all of my students. At Fairmont North Tustin, I get to help with a lot of different activities.”