Real World Influences and Stimulus Response

One of the pieces of stimuli that we needed to use was a TED Talk. The presenter in the talk was V. Kumar. He is an engineering professor at Penn. He and his students developed these miniature helicopters that fly by themselves. These helicopters are amazing. They can fly in assign patterns not touching each other, build structures, and go into buildings while building a map of the structure. It is truly amazing.

The other piece of stimuli is an article from The New Yorker. It is about a scientist named Daniel Nocera who is trying to produces fuel by using photosynthesis. How it works is he uses a leaf in water and slices the water into hydrogen and oxygen. Hydrogen is very powerful and in big doses can be used as a more environmentally safe replacement for oil. His real goal in this is not to make money by selling it to “the legacy world” or the wealthy people in our country. His real goal is to be able to make it so impoverished people in third world countries so they can obtain power.

This makes me think how when people are motivated by a certain topic, with the right training, they can make change and accomplish their goals. It makes me look back to our Innovation Venn Diagram. The three things that a person truly has to master to be creative and innovate are having expertise in whatever they are doing, creative thinking skills, and a lot of motivation. In both these cases, the scientists have both all of these things. They have expertise in the field of science. They have higher education and all the necessary skills to build these magnificent devises. They also have creative thinking skills. They are able to see a problem and what it would take to fix it. Mr. Nocera sees that most of the world is without power, so he thinks of an environmentally safe way to fix this. Mr. Kumar can figure out ways to uses his helicopters the best, to solve certain issues. Lastly, they both have incredible motivation to accomplish their goals. Although I am not super interested in going into the science world with my life, I do want to make a difference. IDEA can help me with this. Even though it is a science class, it teaches me how to be innovative by understanding concepts like the Habits of Mind. If anyone masters these habits, they can truly get done what they want. Also, it helps with working with others and being a great part of a team. These stimuli teach me a very important thing, if you want to make a difference bad enough, and keep trying, anyone can really make change in our world.




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