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The Power of Play | Aidan Fay | TEDxKids@ElCajon
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Added Aug 2, 2016
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The power of play leads to bigger and better things. Aidan takes his audience on a tour of inventions from simple rubber band guns to a complex flight simulator. through play Aidan has developed skills to carry his ideas forward. Even if you are just chasing a bag in the wind you might learn a good physics lesson.

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A junior at Francis Parker School, 17-year-old Aidan J. Fay is a lifelong inventor and aspiring engineer. His “VR SimPit” cyber-physical cockpit system has been featured on Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet,, Popular Mechanics, VICE Motherboard, MakeZine and the San Diego Union-Tribune. In addition, he was named a “Leading Innovator” as part of Intel Presents America’s Greatest Makers in 2016. This summer, Aidan will work on virtual reality robotics at MIT’s renowned Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab at the invitation of MacArthur Fellow Dr. Daniela Rus. Aidan hopes to make significant contributions in the field of virtual reality and mechanical engineering in the coming years. When not building or doing schoolwork, you’ll find Aidan behind his drum kit or strapped to an electric guitar.

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