Those of us raising geek generation 2.0 face some unique challenges. Besides having to make sure they see Episode IV first, explaining why neither Megan Fox nor Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is nearly as cool as as the original animated Mikaela Banes, and teaching them to manage their first basic D&D campaign, there is much to concern a parent. However, no matter what flavor of geek you are raising, one thing seems to be true of many geek children: They love big questions and big ideas.
Last fall PBS’ NOVA ran a great series on theoretical physics, based on Brian Greene’s book The Fabric of the Cosmos. Half the series went over my head, let alone my kids’ heads. However, we all loved blowing our minds trying to get just the barest understanding of topics like relativity, string theory, and the speed of light.
Recently I found Minute Physics on YouTube. Here almost once a day Henry Reich will challenge your assumptions and help you understand big things. I find these the perfect antidote to a child who is asking way too many questions in a row. Sit them down and happily ask them to tell you what it means. Then while they are pondering, work your tail off to get the things done you haven’t been able to do, like laundry or dinner.
Below I have included his explanation of Schrödinger’s Cat: