Ask questions of yourself.
Write notes and/or journal your thoughts.
Discuss with your parents or others willing be a “sounding board.”

“Mistakes are proof you’re trying.” In this course, we are not counting mistakes, so don’t be afraid to try. ?


Watch intro video


Compare and Contrast the word 'idea'

What is similar between the definition and etymology?
What is different between the definition and etymology?

Watch this video


Socratic question for the week

Keep this question in the back of your mind:

How can you change the world with a simple idea?


Make notes from the above video

  1. the names of the Scientists mentioned in the video
  2. What was their simple idea?
    (or what question did they want an answer to?)
  3. How important were asking questions to discovering the answer?

Family Activity [Optional]

“How to change the world with an idea.”

Number of people needed: minimum 3; preferably 5+

Supplies needed:

  • Playdoh – a different color for each person.


To observe how ideas spread and can be integrated with other people’s ideas to form new ideas.


  1. Take some of your playdoh and begin playing with it.
  2. The playdoh represents an idea; the color represents YOUR idea
  3. Try and mold it into a shape; it doesn’t have to be anything fancy. It could be a cube, a ball, whatever you want.
  4. Now, you want to share your idea: take a piece of your idea (pull off a piece of playdoh), and share it to the person on your left.
  5. Shape your idea again
  6. What do you see? Do you see how your neighbor’s idea was mixed into your own?
  7. Repeat steps 4-6 as many times as there are people participating. So if there are 3 participants, repeat it 3 times.
  8. Make observations and discuss with your family or activity group:
    • Did each person use their new idea in the same way?
    • What was the result?
    • Did some people mix more or less of an idea?
    • How are the ideas similar? How are they different?
    • Did anyone share an idea that was a mixture of ideas?

Victor Hugo said, “No force on earth can stop an idea whose time has come”

Do you think Victor Hugo was right? Why or why not?


Individual Self-Reflection

Of the objectives listed on page 6 of your Onboarding Guide, which objectives do you think this lesson addressed.

Be prepared to share

  • which objective was easiest for you,
  • which objective was hardest for you, and
  • which objective was most surprising to you,

… and why.


All done?