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TED-Ed Club @ MPL

A list of TED talks discussed at Markham Public Library's TED-Ed Club meetups.

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Week 7: The loathsome, lethal mosquito

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Everyone hates mosquitos. Besides the annoying buzzing and biting, mosquito-borne diseases like malaria kill over a million people each year (plus horses, dogs and cats). And over the past 100 million years, they've gotten good at their job -- sucking up to three times their weight in blood, totally undetected. So shouldn't we just get rid of them? Rose Eveleth shares why scientists aren't sure.

Week 6: Jamie Oliver: Teach Every Child About Food

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Sharing powerful stories from his anti-obesity project in Huntington, West Virginia — and a shocking image of the sugar we eat — TED Prize winner Jamie Oliver makes the case for an all-out assault on our ignorance of food.

Week 5: Jonathan Buchanan: Learning to Code, Coding to Learn

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A self-described computer fanatic, Jonathan has developed mad skills in everything from PhP and MySQL to Ruby, Rails, Javascript and all points in between. He's the world's youngest developer to have an app in the App Store that he coded entirely on his own and he's got several more in the pipeline.

Week 5: Logan LaPlante: Hackschooling makes me happy

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When 13 year-old Logan LaPlante grows up, he wants to be happy and healthy. He discusses how hacking his education is helping him achieve this goal.

Week 5: Kamal Meattle: How to grow fresh air

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Researcher Kamal Meattle shows how an arrangement of three common houseplants, used in specific spots in a home or office building, can result in measurably cleaner indoor air.

Week 5: Birke Baehr: What's wrong with our food system

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11-year-old Birke Baehr presents his take on a major source of our food — far-away and less-than-picturesque industrial farms. Keeping farms out of sight promotes a rosy, unreal picture of big-box agriculture, he argues, as he outlines the case to green and localize food production.

Week 5: Thomas Suarez: A 12 year old app developer

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Most 12-year-olds love playing videogames — Thomas Suarez taught himself how to create them. After developing iPhone apps like "Bustin Jeiber," a whack-a-mole game, he is now using his skills to help other kids become developers.

Week 5: TED-Ed Club Meeting #5 How to Present II: Research, outline and frame your idea

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TED speakers are experts in their field. If there were a few main points you'd like people to remember about your presentation, what would those be? How will you support your main points and keep your audience's attention? In this TED-Ed Club Meeting, outline your idea, supporting it with research that will get your audience to think.

Week 4: Thomas Suarez: A 12-year-old app developer

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Most 12-year-olds love playing videogames — Thomas Suarez taught himself how to create them. After developing iPhone apps like "Bustin Jeiber," a whack-a-mole game, he is now using his skills to help other kids become developers.

Week 4: What makes a great talk, great

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TED Curator Chris Anderson reflects on the essential qualities of the best TED Talks.

Week 4: The beginning, the middle & the end

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TED Speakers try to capture the attention of their audience at the start of their Talk. How will you keep your audience's attention from beginning to end? How will you continuously provoke thought and inspire inquiry? In this TED-Ed Club meeting, think about some strategies for opening, developing, and ending your presentation.

Week 4: Amos Winter: The cheap all-terrain wheelchair

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How do you build a wheelchair ready to blaze through mud and sand, all for under $200? MIT engineer Amos Winter guides us through the mechanics of an all-terrain wheelchair that’s cheap and easy to build — for true accessibility — and gives us some lessons he learned along the road.

Week 3: William Kamkwamba: How I harnessed the wind

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At age 14, in poverty and famine, a Malawian boy built a windmill to power his family's home. Now at 22, William Kamkwamba, who speaks at TED, here, for the second time, shares in his own words the moving tale of invention that changed his life.

Week 3: Sanjay Dastoor: A skateboard, with a boost

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Imagine an electric vehicle that can get you to work — or anywhere in a six-mile radius — quickly, without traffic frustrations or gasoline. Now imagine you can pick it up and carry it with you. Yes, this souped-up skateboard could change the face of morning commutes.

Week 3: Hannah Alper: How to find your spark

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Hannah Alper has been called many things: "The future of social media", "Eco-Warrior", "Changemaker" and "Activist". At 10 years old, she is all of these things. Her topic is "How to find your spark". You can find her at www.CallMeHannah.ca.

Week 2: Kenneth Shinozuka: My simple invention, designed to keep my grandfather safe

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60% of people with dementia wander off, an issue that can prove hugely stressful for both patients and caregivers. In this charming talk, hear how teen inventor Kenneth Shinozuka came up with a novel solution to help his night-wandering grandfather and the aunt who looks after him ... and how he hopes to help others with Alzheimer's.

Week 2: Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids

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Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs "childish" thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids' big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups' willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.

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