By: Amanda Froelich,
It was the artist Vincent Van Gogh that wisely spoke the words, “It is a pity that, as one gradually gains experience, one loses one’s youth”. As the mind of a young individual molds to see the world in a new way, something changes; the child-ness that belongs in every human spirit tends to become lost, replaced by limited thinking.
However, that is all changing, especially as generations older reflect on the importance of assisting brilliant, young minds to create the ‘impossible’ only the uninhibited could dream up.
An example is shared in Aidan Dywer, a 13-year-old that uncovered the mystery of how trees get enough sunlight in a crowded forest.
While walking through the forest of Long Island, New York, Aidan pondered how all the leaves get enough sunlight. His conclusion was that trees spiral up using the Fibonacci sequence.
Because it is the fractal nature of the trees to get enough sunlight, he pondered on why we don’t use the Fibonacci sequence in the placement of solar panels for us to harness energy from the sun.
Inspired to test his theory, Aidan created his invention to generate the maximum amount of energy using the fractal principles of nature. “My design is like a tree,” Aidan said. “But instead of having leaves, it has solar panels at the ends (of the branches).”
The youth embody child-like inspiration and are the hope for the future; by offering guidance from those with relevant experience and desire to do good, the extraordinary may become ‘every day’.
It is the merging of all gifts that will magnify the leaps humanity takes in the future.
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