As we count down the last days of 2014, I thought we would take a look back at the most viewed posts of the year. The most viewed Monday Success Story this year was one of my favorites and a great story of celebrating genius.
The Monday Success Story this week comes from a very inspirational TED Talk by Thomas Suarez. Thomas is an app developer who released his first iPhone app, Earth Fortune, in 2011. He was 12! Thomas began teaching himself to code using online resources, because that is what he was interested in. When Apple released the developer kit, he set to work building an app. After releasing his app, he created a club at his school so that he could share his knowledge with others, including his teachers. He has since established his own company, CarrotCorp, and founded App City. App City is an extension of the coding club that he started at his school that supports young people in their desire to learn programming. Thomas was genius. Are we supporting genius in our classrooms?
It is important to recognize all of the successes in this story. Thomas was able to develop apps and release them in the app store because his parents supported his genius and paid the Apple Developer fee instead of telling him to go play outside. Thomas was able to create a coding club at his school because his teachers recognized and embraced the fact that Thomas knew more about coding than they did. Even the folks at Apple had a part in Thomas’ success because they supported his genius and answered his questions instead of telling him he was too young to make apps.
Kudos to Thomas and all of the adults that encouraged his genius!
If you would like to see more of what Thomas is doing, you can follow him on Twitter @tomthecarrot.