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last updated: Mon, Apr 14th, 2014

TEDx conference shares "ideas worth spreading"

Displaying their original artwork for the TEDx conference, from left to right are Sam Reider, Olivia Camoia, Cara Jacobsen, and Caroline Coulter.


Inspirational, scientific, and well-researched. If you've ever seen a TED talk online, you can get a sense of the awe-inspiring qualities of the TED conferences. TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, is devoted to spreading knowledge and ideas, especially in the STEM areas of science, technology, engineering, and math; however, they are not limited to STEM topics either, and talks often cover humanitarian and humanities topics as well.

The TEDx conference that was held at Mount Olive High School on April 11th, 2014 similarly supported TED's mission of "ideas worth spreading." Registration was limited to the first 100 students who pre-registered online. The TEDxYouth@Mt.Olive forum was created to bring middle and high school students into the TEDx movement.

The difference between the TED and TEDx conventions, is that the TEDx conferences are independently run and operated, thus encouraging local communities to organize and execute their own idea-spreading conferences.

Mr. Robert Brown, coordinator of the TEDx event at MOHS, approached Mr. Peter Hughes, Mount Olive Director of Curriculum, and the Mount Olive Board of Education to sponsor the worthwhile event. Also helping with the event were: Mr. Tim Kelly, responsible for coordinating the high school students; Mr. Trevor Campbell, lighting; Mr. Chris Bosch, director; and Mr. Chris Praml, videography.

Mr. Brown said that through "engaging stories, inspiring performances, and intriguing presentations, we will explore ideas together and explore what they mean to each of us."

On April 11th three of MOHS's own students presented: Jeff Moorehead with a talk entitled "Follow the Music," Suzanne Nimoh with "The Power of a Smile," and Mardoqueo E. Arteaga Lainez (MJ) with "Tomorrow will come. What are you planting?"

MOHS students found themselves volunteering and getting involved in other ways as well, with Sam Reider, Olivia Camoia, Cara Jacobsen, and Caroline Coulter designing original artwork to display at the event (pictured above).

Even though the event is over, student biographies and session descriptions can still be located on the Mount Olive TEDx website, http://tedxyouthmtolive.com/. Congratulations to all of our students who were involved and participated!

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