CEO’s Drones Kid & STEM Refreshing

fcYou may think that the recent announcement about drones delivering packages, by Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos, received more news than it should. If you had tweeted it, or said it somewhere, a smiling face icon would have followed it most likely, or a short burst of laughter, followed by silence. It would have vanished like most tweets, or way-out-there thoughts. We really don’t expect things like that out of adults, but if it comes from kids—well, that’s different. Maybe that’s the point. Thinking like a kid isn’t all that bad. How many of you, as a 7-year-old, drew up plans for a flying car while sipping juice and snacking on crackers at an old classroom desk? There are certainly a lot of adult kid-thinkers at Google.

There’s a refreshing difference when we hear a CEO sound like a first grader and mean it. Most of us would be thinking that drone deliveries would never work, and we’d list all sorts of reasons from bird collisions to the mandatory helmets needed as reasons why not. But if you’re a dreamer… visionary… kid-thinker… you think about what could be… more than why it can’t be. There are far too many people who will gladly tell you that something won’t work. It takes strength when you’re an adult to think like a kid, and to look forward to fulfilling a vision, especially when no one, or very few, see it.

Brainstorming may be the simplest way to keep that kid-thinking alive. It’s the closest thing to daydreaming in class for credit. With brainstorming anything goes, so you can collect some pretty unusual and unique ideas. If you’re STEM teaching, you’re already doing this, but like show and tell, brainstorming should be at least a weekly occurrence. While you can do it with a set subject to brainstorm, it’s a wonderful lesson to just freewheel one to see what gets tossed out. Later, all the brainstorming thoughts can get edited and organized into something far bigger—if that’s where you’re headed. Think of all the ideas you can generate when minds are trained to be unleashed. Save the “that will never work” for later… or never.

Ken Royal

Ken Royal is an educator with 34 years of classroom/school and instructional technology teaching experience, as well as a blogger on all things education and education technology. Teaching accomplishments include: 4-time district teacher of the year, Connecticut Middle School Teacher of the Year, as well as Bill and Melinda Gates award for Technology School of Excellence. He is an Education storyteller. Follow @KenRoyal on Twitter.
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