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TED Talks by Kids

A collection of TED Talks delivered by Kids (under 18 years of age). Also check out TEDxKids@BC and TEDxTeen - there are links in the gallery to previous years with all the talks delivered by children.

What adults can learn from kids - Adora Svitak

Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs "childish" thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids' big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups' willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.

A 12-year-old app developer - Thomas Suarez

Most 12-year-olds love playing videogames -- Thomas Suarez taught himself how to create them. After developing iPhone apps like "Bustin Jeiber," a whack-a-mole game, he is now using his skills to help other kids become developers. (Filmed at TEDxManhattanBeach.)

What's wrong with our food system - Birke Baehr

11-year-old Birke Baehr presents his take on a major source of our food -- far-away and less-than-picturesque industrial farms. Keeping farms out of sight promotes a rosy, unreal picture of big-box agriculture, he argues, as he outlines the case to green and localize food production. (Filmed at TEDxNextGenerationAshevillen.)

An 11-year-old's magical violin - Sirena Huang

Violinist Sirena Huang gives a technically brilliant and emotionally nuanced performance. In a charming interlude, the 11-year-old praises the timeless design of her instrument.

Yup, I built a nuclear fusion reactor - Taylor Wilson

Taylor Wilson believes nuclear fusion is a solution to our future energy needs, and that kids can change the world. And he knows something about both of those: When he was 14, he built a working fusion reactor in his parents' garage.

Improvising on piano, aged 14 - Jennifer Lin

Pianist and composer Jennifer Lin gives a magical performance, talks about the process of creativity and improvises a moving solo piece based on a random sequence of notes.

School Mods: Gaming the Educational System - Jonathoan Schenker

Schenker, aged 16, presented this talk at TEDxNextGenerationAsheville the night before. He was in the audience at the Asheville event and we decided to "on the spur of the moment" invite him up to deliver his speech again. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx.

Environmental Activism - Gabe Dunsmith

Gabe Dunsmith: "Environmental Activism: The CTS Site & The Spill In Our Own Backyards"

Science is for everyone, kids included - Beau Lotto and Amy O'Toole

What do science and play have in common? Neuroscientist Beau Lotto thinks all people (kids included) should participate in science and, through the process of discovery, change perceptions. He's seconded by 12-year-old Amy O'Toole, who, along with 25 of her classmates, published the first peer-reviewed article by schoolchildren, about the Blackawton bees project.

Award-winning teenage science in action - Lauren Hodge, Shree Bose and Naomi Shah

In 2011 three young women swept the top prizes of the first Google Science Fair. Lauren Hodge, Shree Bose and Naomi Shah describe their extraordinary projects -- and their route to a passion for science. (Filmed at TEDxWomen.)

A teen just trying to figure it out - Tavi Gevinson

Fifteen-year-old Tavi Gevinson had a hard time finding strong female, teenage role models -- so she built a space where they could find each other. At TEDxTeen, she illustrates how the conversations on sites like Rookie, her wildly popular web magazine for and by teen girls, are putting a new, unapologetically uncertain and richly complex face on modern feminism.

My invention that made peace with lions - Richard Turere

In the Maasai community where Richard Turere lives with his family, cattle are all-important. But lion attacks were growing more frequent. In this short, inspiring talk, the young inventor shares the solar-powered solution he designed to safely scare the lions away.

A promising test for pancreatic cancer ... from a teenager - Jack Andraka

Over 85 percent of all pancreatic cancers are diagnosed late, when someone has less than two percent chance of survival. How could this be? Jack Andraka talks about how he developed a promising early detection test for pancreatic cancer that's super cheap, effective and non-invasive -- all before his 16th birthday.

Bluegrass virtuosity from ... New Jersey? - Jonny, Robbie and Tommy Mizzone

All under the age of 16, brothers Jonny, Robbie and Tommy Mizzone are from New Jersey, a US state that's better known for the rock of Bruce Springsteen than the bluegrass of Earl Scruggs. Nonetheless, the siblings began performing bluegrass covers, as well as their own compositions, at a young age.

How I built a windmill - William Kamkwamba

When he was just 14 years old, Malawian inventor William Kamkwamba built his family an electricity-generating windmill from spare parts, working from rough plans he found in a library book.

Two young scientists break down plastics with bacteria - Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao

Once it's created, plastic (almost) never dies. While in 12th grade Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao went in search of a new bacteria to biodegrade plastic - specifically by breaking down phthalates, a harmful plasticizer. They found an answer surprisingly close to home.

Meet a young entrepreneur, cartoonist, designer, activist ... - Maya Penn

Maya Penn started her first company when she was 8 years old, and thinks deeply about how to be responsible both to her customers and to the planet. She shares her story -- and some animations, and some designs, and some infectious energy -- in this charming talk.

Want to be an activist? Start with your toys - McKenna Pope

McKenna Pope's younger brother loved to cook, but he worried about using an Easy-Bake Oven -- because it was a toy for girls. So at age 13, Pope started an online petition for the American toy company Hasbro to change the pink-and-purple color scheme on the classic toy and incorporate boys into its TV marketing.

I think we all need a pep talk - Kid President

Kid President commands you to wake up, listen to the beating of your heart and create something that will make the world awesome. This video from SoulPancake delivers a soul-stirring dose of inspiration that only a 9-year-old can give.

Hackschooling makes me happy - Logan LaPlante

Never miss a talk! SUBSCRIBE to the TEDx channel: When 13 year-old Logan LaPlante grows up, he wants to be happy and healthy. He discusses how hacking his education is helping him achieve this goal. About TEDx, x = independently organized event.

How to find your spark - Hannah Alper

Hannah Alper has been called many things: "The future of social media", "Eco-Warrior", "Changemaker" and "Activist". At 10 years old, she is all of these things. Her topic is "How to find your spark". You can find her at In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

Forget what you know - Jacob Barnett

Jacob Barnett is an American mathematician and child prodigy. At 8 years old, Jacob began sneaking into the back of college lectures at IUPUI.

The girl who taught a computer to diagnose breast cancer … in middle school - Brittany Wenger

Brittany Wenger talks about Cloud4Cancer, a computer program she designed to diagnose breast cancer more accurately and less invasively. She won the grand prize in the 2012 Google Science Fair for her project, "Global Neural Network Cloud Service for Breast Cancer". TEDxWomen was curated and produced by The Paley Center for Media.

Believe in the power of your voice - Maddie Cranston

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. In this inspiring talk, 10 year old Maddie Cranston shares her experiences and accomplishments to inspire kids to have a voice and speak out about what they believe in.

Outside the Box - Caine Monroy

TEDxTeen 2013 :: WATCH Caine Monroy "Outside the Box" :: A used auto parts store in Los Angeles doesn't seem to be a likely place for a boy on summer vacation. It also doesn't seem like the ideal place to build a cardboard arcade, but one boy did.