by Sarah Michaelis Friday October 4, 2013

Is time travel possible? How do astronauts go to the bathroom? What would happen to you if you jumped into a black hole?

These are just a few of the questions kids ask of scientists, Lucy Hawking, daughter of Stephen Hawking, said at the Equinox Summit: Learning 2030 at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo.

“Imagination is the fuel of science,” Hawking said. It is that natural curiosity and imagination in children Ms. Hawking wanted to nurture when she collaborated with her father to write a children’s book series about science.

At Learning 2030, Hawking along with scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and educators gathered to discuss how to get kids excited about the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math).

TVOParents interviewed Hawking and many other great minds at the Equinox Summit and asked them what they think parents and teachers need to do to turn kids on to science, technology and math. Some talked about changing the way we teach young kids math and science, less rote learning in favour of a more experiential or relational approach. Others, like Hawking, advocated for nurturing the natural curiousity that lives in all children.  Look for those interviews on TVOParents through the month of October.

In the meantime, Agenda producer Mary Taws visited with one of the most popular summit participants RoboThespian and his “dad.” Check it out below: