30 March 2015 – Science, Discovery, Youth, and Play


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THURSDAY, APRIL 9 — Club Fundraiser via California Pizza Kitchen, Topanga; details soon.

SUNDAY, APRIL 26 — 12:30pm to 2:00pmOur FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for April!  Speaker TBA. We gather in The Fireplace Room at Denny’s, 5525 Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks.  (Meeting reminders: Inspiration, Nancy; Pledge, David; Four-Way Test, Yoko; Rotary Minute, Reed.)

SUNDAY, MAY 3 — 10:00pm to 4:00pm — SAVE THE DATE — The next ONE MORE ITEM FOOD DRIVE, in support of Valley Food Bank, at Gelson’s in Sherman Oaks.

THURSDAY, MAY 7 — Club Fundraiser via McDonald’s; details soon.





This month’s Rotary E-Club E-wareness campaign presents information about AIDS.  Throughout the month our Club will provide resources gathered by our Club Members.  The information will be helpful to you and to the people you care about. See the E-wareness link at right of this page.

The E-wareness campaign for organ and tissue donation begins later this week.








Following just a bit on last week’s conversation about inspiring youth to love science and learning through Discovery Cube Los Angeles, this week we present a TED Talk (a great source of inspiration itself, consistently) about the value of play.

Beau Lotto, a neuroscientist and an artist, argues that perception may be the most important aspect of a brain’s function, and the uncomfortable task of being willing to perceive the world differently and accept uncertainty in the process is what creates progress and change.  But he argues that uncertainty is best embodied, and most easily allowed, in playtime.  You don’t know the outcome of a game, but you play it anyway, and learn from the process.

Amy O’Toole, age 12 in this 2012 TED Talk, is one of the youngest published scientists in the world, through an experiment set up by Lotto to show how play can lead to curiosity and to very solid science.  (She’s awesome, but speaks a bit quickly at times with what we Americans would call an accent, so you may want to stop and pop back a couple of seconds one or twice.)

How might this apply to us as a Rotary Club?  As you enjoy this TED Talk, perhaps keep some questions in mind:

1) How do kids learn, and how might that impact our Youth projects and connections?

2) How do we think outside everyone else’s box to create meaningful service projects?

3) How do we take our projects seriously but be sure to have fun implementing them?

4) How do we continue to play, re-learning what was drained out of us in adulthood, so that we always have a chance to step outside of ourselves and become more?


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1 response to 30 March 2015 – Science, Discovery, Youth, and Play

  1. That’s an amazing story. What a remarkable accomplishment for young students to make a meaningful contribution to scientific research.

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