TEDTalk Jr

Goal:  Get kids talking / sharing their ideas on the future of energy, transportation, or any sustainable design / way of living.  

Notes:  This is meant to mimic the real TED talks, so make sure your students have watched a few, familiarizing themselves with the format.  Go to https://www.ted.com/


Make a TED Talk and present it live.  Basically, write a speech and then present it. Pictures / movies that support the speech are mandatory.(PPT, Google Slides, Prezi?)  Each presentation should be no longer than 6 minutes.  There will be a timer on the stage.


This is endless.  Whatever the kids feel passionate about

  • Solar – passive/ active
  • Sustainable architecture
  • Cradle2Cradle Design
  • Wind energy
  • Cleaning up the oceans
  • Net Zero Energy Homes
  • Getting toxins out of products
  • Recycling

How long?

  • No longer than 6 minutes


Might be best to make the ‘base’ file a Google Slide or Google Doc.  It can be easily shared and logged into. But, you certainly can base it on YouTube, Vimeo, TeacherTube, etc.- just anything that is on the web and has a web address.

At Akron U, there will be a large screen TV / sound system available.  We’ll probably have a chromebook hooked up so that you won’t have to bring your own computer.

Note:  Probably won’t be able to play an Office PPT or DOCX.  Please – as you’re organizing these – ask us questions.

Instructions to Speakers

Be prepared!  

  • When it’s your turn, quickly put on the mike and do a quick – “Testing 1-2-3.”  
  • An MC host will introduce you to the audience.  Please start immediately.
  • You’ll have up to 7 minutes to totally complete your speech.  There will be a countdown timer in front of you to keep you on track.  
  • When you’re done, please exit so the next speaker in line can get prepared.