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High School-Organized TED Talks Inject Inspiration Into Traditional Curriculum [Video]

Silicon Valley high school students offer a new take on learning.

Lara Piras
Lara Piras on September 24, 2013.

Students from Gunn High School in Palo Alto, California have started a club to organize their own series of TEDx talks, inspiring other students to think beyond themselves and beyond traditional coursework.

The group started when Librarian Meg Omainsky saw how interested students were in the TEDx presentations when she streamed them in the library at lunch times. Students then picked up on the idea of creating their own TEDx club which now raises money, recruits speakers, and promotes these events all on its own. The members focus on risk taking and how not to fear failure. Co-director Maya Ram explains, ‘“Failure isn’t something that’s encouraged in our curriculum. TED is about stories of people going for it, regardless of failure. That spirit would benefit our schools.”

The aspirational students have since succeeded in actually presenting at TEDx events featuring over 1,000 attendees, the next is on January 17th 2014 taking place at their very own high school where it all began.

Watch one of their talks in the video below:

Gunn High School

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