Haptography: Digitizing our sense of touch


Can the sense of touch be harnessed with technology? The field of haptics explores the revolutionary: interactive touch technology. At TEDYouth 2012, Katherine Kuchenbecker discusses how haptics has the potential to change fields as disparate as museums, dentistry, and stroke rehabilitation.

Watch a video about Haptography and choose the correct answers.

1. What are the two main components of the sense of touch?

A) Perception and sensation

B) Rough and smooth

C) Tactile and kinesthetic

D) Taste and smell

2. What is the word used to describe interactive touch technology?

A) Haptics

B) Feelology

C) Sensatics


3. What’s an example of a place the technology that Kuchenbecker is developing could be used?

A) Online shopping

B) Museum exhibits

C) The dentist’s office

D) All of the above

4. What would change about your life if you lost the sense of touch?

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Katherine Kuchenbecker

How playing an instrument benefits your brain


When you listen to music, multiple areas of your brain become engaged and active. But when you actually play an instrument, that activity becomes more like a full-body brain workout. What’s going on? Anita Collins explains the fireworks that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.

Watch a video about benefits of playing an instrument and choose the correct answers.

1. Neuroscientists get excited about watching the brain functions of musicians because?

A) Musicians use different parts of their brain to complete tasks
B) Musicians use more of their brain to complete tasks
C) Musicians use more parts of their brain simultaneously to complete tasks
D) Musicians use their brains surprisingly when completing tasks

2. Learning a musical instrument engages which different areas of the brain at the same time?

A) Visual, motor and cerebral cortices
B) Auditory, motor and visual cortices
C) Motor, cerebral and auditory cortices
D) Cerebral, motor and fine motor cortices

3. The bridge between the two brain hemispheres is called?

A) Corpum callum
B) Coopco coolism
C) Capum cullim
D) Corpus callosum

4. Learning a musical instrument teaches your brain how to create, ______ and retrieve memories more effectively?

A) Store
B) Find
C) Make
D) Erase

5. Executive function is a series of interlinked tasks that includes planning, strategizing, and attention to ________.

A) Habits
B) Facts
C) Features
D) Detail

6. Executive function is a complex combination of brain functions that requires analysis of both the cognitive and emotional aspects of a problem or situation. What type of complex problems of situations could you think of that would use your executive function capabilities?



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Anita Collins 

Sharon Colman Graham

Alex Gendler 
Script Editor

Forget shopping. Soon you’ll download your new clothes

Augmented Reality

Downloadable, printable clothing may be coming to a closet near you. What started as designer Danit Peleg’s fashion school project turned into a collection of 3D-printed designs that have the strength and flexibility for everyday wear. “Fashion is a very physical thing,” she says. “I wonder what our world will look like when our clothes will be digital.”

Watch a video about future trends in clothing and choose the correct answers.

1. Danit Peleg is wearing a skirt that she 3D printed herself at home. How long did it take her to print it?

A) One week
B) Three days
C) Overnight
D) One month

2. What are some fashion technologies that this speaker has worked with?

A) Silk printing
B) Laser cutting
C) Knitting machines
D) All of the above

3. What were some of the issues Danit initially had with creating 3D printed clothing?

A) It was breakable and scratchy
B) It was difficult to sit in
C) Printers were extremely large and located in labs far away
D) All of the above

4. What is filament?

A) Thread used in creating clothes
B) Tape used to hold up hems on skirts
C) Material used to “feed” the 3D printer
D) A beading material

5. Why was the word “Liberte” embedded into her first 3D printed jacket?

A) She was liberated from the ancient needle and thread
B) She was able to freely visit factories and stores
C) She felt empowered by the freedom of designing and printing fashion from her home
D) She was given the keys to a makers space

6. What were some of the challenges that Danit Peleg came across when trying to 3D print her own fashion?


7. The speaker describes fashion as a “physical process.” Explain.



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Danit Peleg 

The ethical dilemma of self-driving cars


Self-driving cars are already cruising the streets today. And while these cars will ultimately be safer and cleaner than their manual counterparts, they can’t completely avoid accidents altogether. How should the car be programmed if it encounters an unavoidable accident?

WATCH A VIDEO ABOUT the murky ethics of self-driving cars AND CHOOSE THE CORRECT ANSWERS.

1. In the first scenario, which option would best protect the autonomous car and its occupants?

A) The car does not swerve and stays in its lane

B) The car swerves toward the large SUV

C) None of the above

D) The car swerves toward the motorcyclist

2. In the second scenario, which option would follow the design principle to minimize harm?

A) The car swerves toward the motorcyclist with the helmet

B) The car does not swerve and stays in its lane

C) The car swerves toward the motorcyclist without the helmet

D) None of the above

3. If a robot car reacts exactly as a human would in a crash scenario, which would be true?

A) A random-number engine is needed, since some human actions are random

B) The same actions should result in the same legal consequences

C) None of the above

D) Impossible–the sensors on a robot car will enable it to avoid crashes

4. What other ethical dilemmas are mentioned here about autonomous cars?

A) Determining the value of your life versus the lives of others

B) Whether it should take a parking spot away from a human driver who’s looking for one

C) Whether advertisers may influence the route-selection of the car

D) None of the above

5. How are these thought experiments like science experiments?

A) They can safely recreate actual scenarios, without any risk of injury

B) They aren’t necessarily meant to recreate actual scenarios

C) They’re not alike–one involves lab equipment, and the other does not

D) None of the above

6. When an ethics judgement is needed, who should get to decide how robot cars are programmed: engineers/programmers, manufacturers/company executives, government, owner/occupants of the vehicles, the general public, or someone else?




The Creators

Patrick Lin

Yukai Du

Amy Adkins
Script Editor

Kevin O’Shea

Jiaqi Wang

Cem Misirlioglu

How the food you eat affects your brain

Food for thought

When it comes to what you bite, chew and swallow, your choices have a direct and long-lasting effect on the most powerful organ in your body: your brain. So which foods cause you to feel so tired after lunch? Or so restless at night?

Watch a video about brain foods and choose the correct answers.

1.  What is one thing that makes essential fatty acids so unique?

a) Essential fatty acids are man-made

b) Essential fatty acids must come from our diets

c) Essential fatty acids make you lose weight

d) Essential fatty acids come from saturated fats

2. Amino acids contain the precursors to neurotransmitters. Which of the following is a neurotransmitter?

a) Dopamine

b) Norepinephrine

c) Serotonin

d) All of the above

3. What do antioxidants do?

a) Work as a natural pesticide for nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables

b) Shorten attention span

c) Activate neurotransmitters

d) Fight off free radicals that destroy brain cells

4. Most of the energy that your brain uses comes from:

a) Antioxidants

b) Carbohydrates

c) Amino Acids

d) Micronutrients

5. Which of the following foods has slow glucose release?

a) Legumes

b) Fruit

c) Dessert

d) Carbonated drinks

6.  Why is glucose important for brain health?


7. How do proteins and amino acids affect how we think and behave?



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Educator  -  Mia Nacamulli

Animator and Director - Chris Boyle


Early forensics and crime-solving chemists


In a CSI age, we take forensic science for granted. New York did not have a medical examiner or forensic toxicologist until 1918, whose eventual arrival changed the landscape of crime investigation forever. At TEDYouth 2012, Deborah Blum prompts the audience to solve crimes with chemistry.

Watch a video about Early forensics and crime-solving chemists and choose the correct answers.

1. In 1918, New York City issued a report saying that smart poisoners could operate with ______ in the city.

A) the heaviest consequences
B) impunity
C) secret collaborators
D) devilish charm

2. In what year did New York City appoint its first trained medical examiner?

A) 1918
B) 1879
C) 1942
D) 2010

3. Why is arsenic trioxide the most famous homicidal poison in history?

A) It was readily available at pharmacies and grocery stores
B) It was used to color foods, making it a staple in most kitchens
C) It was in used in the production of some cosmetics
D) All of the above

4. In 1930, Geller was the first person in the world to determine if a person was intoxicated at time of death. How’d he do it?

A) He set up an incredible extensive team of private investigators
B) He interviewed witnesses and relatives of the deceased to determine a set of common clues
C) He studied 6,000 brains from the morgue
D) He asked the medical examiner to estimate the most influential cause of death

5. What happened to the young woman living in the tenement house in the in the 1923 death?

A) It was an accident; it was caused by illuminating gas
B) Her husband strangled her for the life insurance policy
C) She fell out of the building
D) She accidentally ingested arsenic trioxide

6. What big problems can chemistry help you solve?


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Deborah Blum 

How playing sports benefits your body … and your brain


The victory of the underdog. The last minute penalty shot that wins the tournament. The training montage. Many people love to glorify victory on the field, cheer for teams, and play sports. But should we be obsessed with sports? Are sports as good for us as we make them out to be, or are they just a fun and entertaining pastime?

Watch a video about playing sports and choose the correct answers.

1. Around what age does bone density begin to decrease?

A) 15
B) 21
C) 30
D) 60

2. Exercising increases the rush of endorphins, which lead to feelings of:

A) Anger
B) Depression
C) Euphoria
D) Exhaustion

3. Experiencing defeat as an athlete can be tough, but critical for building:

A) Muscle
B) Friendship
C) Memories
D) Resilience

4. Which of the following is an effect of cardiovascular exercise?

A) Reduction of bad cholesterol
B) Lower blood pressure
C) Decreased risk of heart attack
D) Decreased risk of diabetes
E) All of the above

5. Being on a sports team means learning to trust and depend on others, accept and give help, and work together towards a common goal. Therefore, being on a team can lead to:

A) Making new friends
B) Feeling alone
C) Sparking competition with enemies
D) Disliking the coach

6. Playing sports, or exercise in general, increases endorphins. What benefits do increased endorphins offer?


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Leah Lagos 

Jaspal Ricky Singh

Mia Nacamulli
Script Editor

Serin Inan 

Tolga Yildiz 

Serin Inan 

Tolga Yildiz 

Tuncay Cetin 

Cem Misirlioglu

Brooks Ball