Part of the reason why I want to empower students take on their own projects and experiments is because in a way students are ignorant to all the rules that regulate the business world and just go for it.
In a way they are more intimate with the problems that they face everyday and are more curious with how things work so they can have that direct relationship with the problem and solution.
One such case is from Maker Faire Africa. Four girls between the age of 14-16 have together created an urine-powered generator. These girls as well as every group in the Maker Faire are intimately close with the projects they are creating.
As Emil from The Next Web puts it “Maker Faire Africa is more than your typical startup event: it actually shows off innovations, inventions, and initiatives that solve immediate challenges and problems, and then works to support and propagate them. Put another way, this isn’t just a bunch of rich people talking about how their apps are going to change the world.”
This is why I’m going to keep pushing this initiative.