Dec 30

Taylor Wilson: Yup, I built a nuclear fusion reactor:

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. Now 17, he takes the TED stage at short notice to tell (the short version of) his story.

13-year-old builds working nuclear fusion reactor:

Not many 13-year-olds would describe themselves as an “amateur nuclear scientist.” That’s precisely what Jamie Edwards calls himself. When most kids his age are off playing video games, Edwards stays late after school to work on a control panel for a nuclear fusion reactor. He just reached his goal of becoming the youngest “fusioneer” in history, narrowly beating out the previous record-holder, who pulled it off at 14.

How a garage nuclear reactor is powering students’ futures:

Carl Greninger isn’t afraid of a little nuclear fusion. And thanks to the reactor he’s built in his garage — yes, he has a nuclear reactor in his garage — dozens of the Pacific Northwest’s brightest high school students are finding their place in the exciting world of science and engineering.

Greninger, who was recently named a Hometown Hero by WSECU and KIRO Radio, is no stranger to the failings of today’s public education.

“As a country, we fall into 31st over 55 developed nations in the fields of science and technology,” Greninger said. “We do not have a commanding lead in science and technology. The problem, in my personal opinion, is that we’re not developing industry-relevant skills and delivering young people to the workplace with the skills managers and project teams need.”

H/t reader kevin a.

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