Springfield Middle School Scholars make public presentations through TED participation

Springfield Middle School Scholars make public presentations through TED participation
Posted on 12/16/2015

Springfield Middle School hosted a TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference on Tuesday, Dec. 15.


Dr. Grant Bell began a TED class this year at SMS to give his students the opportunity to share their ideas for making the world a better place.  


“Dr. Hollingsworth, Mr. Coffey and I taught a TED Talks class this semester as an enrichment activity,” said Bell. “Scholars applied for the class and the 10 scholars accepted did a book study of Talk like TED, and learned the aspects of giving an effective presentation.  Ideas are the currency of the 21st century and our scholars must be prepared to present their ideas.


“The class culminated with a presentation in our auditorium.  The presentations exceeded my expectations.  It was an extraordinary experience and we look forward to continuing the class in the second semester.  I would love to see other schools do this and have county presentations attended by scholars from all of our middle schools.”


TED is a nonprofit, global community, devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). The organization began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TED events help share ideas in communities around the world.


The event featured all 10 students who each spoke on topic selected from an approved list. 


Their choices were:

Jalia Chester-  Can a world of iron men be possible?

Janice Beaty- Am I skinny yet?

Caleb Vaughn- What makes Kentucky basketball great?

Alex Griffith- A light in the darkness

Monica Williams- Protect your heart…and not just from boyfriends

Jayden Evans- The way

Griffin Salsman- The evolution of prosthetics

Ali Keel-  Leviticus 19:18

Corbin Hagan- What color is your mood?

Josie Felts- The end ; or the s
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