The capacity of students to learn advanced concepts is sometimes underestimated.
Certain concepts that are difficult to grasp, because too abstract, can sometimes also become much easier to understand when taking a practical approach.
We also should not underestimate the intellectual value of younger students, who sometimes by seemingly naively questioning a concept, may reveal breakthrough answers to a problem. We advocate and want to promote opportunities even for younger students to be involved in actual problem solving research.
Understanding the value of trial and error and learning from it is essential.
Here are some examples of budding scientists who helped solve "serious-scientist-problems"! There are many more. Please contact us if you would like to have any particular similar story featured here.
High-school student Jack Andraka
"Jack Andraka, a high school sophomore, has developed a revolutionary new test for pancreatic cancer. The future of science is in the hands of our youth."
13-year-old inventor Aiden Dwyer
"What do trees know that we don't? 13-year-old inventor Aidan realized that trees use a mathematical formula to gather sunlight in crowded forests. Then he wondered why we don't collect solar energy in the same way."