Happy Friday, everyone!
This week was an exciting one for the world of science, as physicists have discovered Higgs Boson, or what many are referring to as the “god particle.” For those of you who might not be familiar with Higgs Boson, it is a subatomic particle vital to our understanding of space, time and matter.
And what’s amazing is the fact that physicists have been able to find this tiny spec in the first place — Higgs Boson is completely invisible and weighs only slightly more than your average atom of hydrogen, our lightest gas.
How do you know what to look for when you can’t see it? Where do you begin?
One interesting data point we’ve been told is that when asked, many of the folks involved in the Higgs Boson project said that their interest, curiosity and passion for finding out how life evolved on Earth, started early on in childhood.
And this makes sense.
You see more often than naught, the passions we pursue as adults, are almost always ignited in us as children – be it science, art, music, food, travel and so on.
Imagine waking up one day and saying to yourself “when I grow up, I want to discover how life (matter) began…”, and then, as an adult, making that dream come true. That’s an achievement that any parent would be proud of ;-)
While the Higgs Boson particle might not have anything specifically to do with children, it should remind parents that our children today will be our scientists, researchers and physicists of tomorrow.
We should remember: a desire to explore science is like the natural curiosity of children. It is about reaching beyond convention with the wish to discover something considered impossible or improbable.
Without our natural curiosity, many things we value would never be found or created, including: flight (Wright Brothers), phones (Alexander Graham Bell), penicillin (Alexander Fleming), snow cone machines (Samuel Bert), all things Apple (Steve Jobs), and much, much more.
Discovery is an amazing, magical thing and parents, should do every thing they can to support the curiosity of their children. You never know, one day your child could be the first person to step on planet Mars, find a cure for cancer, meet life from another planet, or bring peace to the world.
We hope that all of our YogiPlay kids will discover something truly amazing when they grow up.
— Tim D