Just a Minute, My Brain is on Fire!

A few weeks ago we finished our first Inventor Camp of the year.  The first Inventor Camp of the year is always a little intense.   I’m guilty of raising the level of the challenge yet again.  Last year, we asked the students to do more complex wiring than we had in the past (see below for a description of the past few challenges).   This year I stretched the students yet a little further.   During camp, a couple of students and I were Continue reading →

The Evils of Kits and Step-by-step Instructions?

I like things to be ideal.  In fact, my most dreaded fear in the universe is a set missing one item.   Ok, I admit it.   I’m a little OCD.   But some things in life suffer from too much attention.  Take for instance, Elmyra Duff, from the old Warner Bros. cartoons who loves her animals to the point of escaping in terror.   Her yard is littered with abandoned dog houses, bird cages, and food bowls of animals who escaped because–with the best Continue reading →

Follow Your Passion? Think Again!

I don’t like being told what to do…   But have you ever tried something just because you were told to try it?   Yeah, my mom told me just to try my asparagus.  It looked about as appetizing as a sliver of raw alligator.  Something inside told me this was not going to be good, but I knew that slimy green stalk of mushiness stood between me and playing outside.   So I took the plunge.  My mom was right that it didn’t kill Continue reading →

Do we want Hoop Jumpers or Risk Takers?

Nothing compares to the first time you take the wheel of a car and feel the power and responsibility.   I was about 8.  My dad and I were driving in his blue Ford F-150 pickup truck.  He pulled over to the side of the road and slowed to a stop.   Then he said those words that changed my life.   “Do you want to drive?”   Half-believing I was dreaming, I climbed up onto my dad’s lap while he eased the truck back Continue reading →

The Truth about Avoiding Regret

Regret has a powerful pull.   They say one of the strongest feelings experienced as we get older is the regret of not trying something when we were younger.  What stops us from giving those opportunities a try?   Fear of failure.   That’s the most common culprit.  We’re afraid that we’ll look foolish when it fails, as if failure is some sort of trap from which we can’t recover.   That’s crazy.   One of my favorite quotes is from Sir Ken Robinson:   “If Continue reading →