Archive for the ‘Amazing Kids’ Category
This is awesome! Jonason Pauley (21) and Jesse Perrotta (19) have remade the entire Pixar movie Toy Story with live actors and real toys. Wow.
They used toys they found at Goodwill for their cast members. Some are not quite accurate. But they also created some toys from scratch which they couldn’t find (probably because they don’t exist). They have transformed two rooms in one of their homes into sets of Andy’s and Sid’s rooms (they must have amazing parents). It utilizes the original audio from the movie including the voices of Tom Hanks as Woody and Tim Allen as Buzz.
They even managed to get permission from Pixar to go ahead and post their video. One more reason why Pixar is awesome.
Check out the video below and when you’re done check out the outtakes.
Check out this great video about an awesome 9-year-old named Caine.
Caine built an arcade out of cardboard and the filmmaker stumbled upon it and made this film. In the process, he made a few posts that went viral and Caine ended up with a flashmob at his arcade.
After watching the video, check out the Caine’s Arcade website where you can donate to Caine’s scholarship fund.
On February 7th, President Obama hosted the second White House Science Fair. 100 students from 30 teams showed their projects in various rooms in the White House.
The President viewed some of the displays and talked with students about their work, then spoke to all the students and teachers in the East Room.
After viewing the project of a Joey, from Phoenix, Arizona, President Obama wanted to see a demonstration of his air-powered marshmallow launcher, and he and the student, pumped up the gun and launched a marshmallow across the State Dining room.
What a cool president.
You can check out the White House Blog entry for this event here.
Check out these great videos below. They feature Dicken Schraden and his kids, Mila and Korben covering Depeche Mode songs. Dad is awesome and talented. The kids are adorable and amazing. One comment I read on YouTube sums it up for me, "wait till these kids grow older and finally realize just? how cool their dad was."
Aidan’s solar experiment
13 year old Aidan Dwyer was hiking in the woods and noticed that the leaves formed a spiral pattern on some trees. After some investigation he learned that they followed the Fibonacci mathematical sequence.
I’m already impressed, but Aidan took his investigation even further. He wondered why the trees used this pattern which shows up repeatedly in nature. This led him to believe that it increases the leave’s exposure to sunlight. To test this theory, he build an experiment in his back yard.
He took solar panels and arranged them on a PVC "tree" in the sequence of the leaves on trees. For comparison, he arranged a group of the same quantity of the same solar panels in a traditional 45 degree angle toward the sun. He then measured the output from both arrays over time and downloaded the data into his computer.
Here’s what Aidan found:
"The Fibonacci tree design performed better than the flat-panel model. The tree design made 20% more electricity and collected 2 1/2 more hours of sunlight during the day. But the most interesting results were in December, when the Sun was at its lowest point in the sky. The tree design made 50% more electricity, and the collection time of sunlight was up to 50% longer!"
"The tree design takes up less room than flat-panel arrays and works in spots that don’t have a full southern view. It collects more sunlight in winter. Shade and bad weather like snow don’t hurt it because the panels are not flat. It even looks nicer because it looks like a tree. A design like this may work better in urban areas where space and direct sunlight can be hard to find.
But the best part of what I learned was that even in the darkest days of winter, nature is still trying to tell us its secrets!"
For his efforts, Aidan has won the American Museum of Natural History Young Naturalist Award. You can read Aidan’s complete well-written essay of his investigation on their website.
Aidan is not only an impressive young man, but inspirational as well. I’m thinking this design would work extremely well on cell towers, communications towers, or winding around windmills. It would certainly have less impact on the environment, which is causing trouble for some solar farms.
Congratulations to Aidan and we look forward to seeing his achievements in the future.
Check out this video of 12-year-old Greyson Chance signing the Lady Gaga song "Paparazzi". It was recorded at his school talent show in Edmond, OK. No word on whether or not he won the talent show (I certainly hope he did), but his video has had over 8 million views as of today.
Due to the popularity of his video, he is appearing on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and spoke by phone with Lady Gaga herself!
Watch for this kid in the future.
Watch Greyson on the Ellen show here.