2016 Event Schedule

The April 2016 Event Has Concluded, But You Can Watch The Videos!

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    Fighting Fire with the Ammon Fire Department : 10 am - 3 pm

    Ever want to suit up with the Fire Department and enter a burning building? Here is your chance! The Ammon Fire Department is hosting an all-day Fire Operations 101 training to teach participants how to safely maneuver a fire, rescue in various emergency settings, and how to operate breathing and safety apparatuses used by our fire department. The day ends with you applying your training as you go through their Live Fire Trailer with a certified firefighter! If you can’t stand the heat, this adventure isn’t for you! Lunch will be provided.

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    Gourmet Cooking with Chef Joel : 1 pm - 3 pm

    Chef Joel Henry, the Executive Chef from Republic American Grill and Tapas Bar, will lead participants in a culinary journey of crafting their own gourmet meal from scratch. You will make your own pasta, create one of Joel’s signature sauces, and a few surprises to complete a succulent meal. This is the opportunity you have been waiting for cook alongside one of the area’s finest chefs.

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    INL’s 3-D CAVE Driving Simulator : 1 pm - 2 pm & 2 pm - 3 pm

    Put on a pair of 3-D glasses and come experience what it is like to virtually step into data and test scientific theories in the Center for Advanced Energy Studies’ fully immersive Computer Assisted Virtual Environment (CAVE). You’ll see how virtual environments are used to delve into the core of a nuclear reactor, plot a new transmission route over terrain, track earthquakes worldwide, assess environmental impacts on underground caves or agricultural fields, look inside the human body, and more. Then take a drive in the Heavy Vehicle Simulator built inside a real 6,000-pound front-cab of a bus and experience how scientists use advanced technology and human psychology to improve heavy vehicle safety and efficiency. The bus windshield is custom fit with rear projection technology to replicate actual driving conditions and display views of streets, highways, various terrain, hazards, and traffic patterns. Inside, drivers can turn the steering wheel, adjust the dashboard, press on the brake and gas pedal, and drive as though it were a real bus.

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    Taking Flight with the Idaho Falls AV Center : 1 pm - 2:30 pm (1/2 hour blocks)

    Experience Idaho Falls like you never have before- from the window of a Cessna! In this Discovery Flight from the Idaho Falls AV Center you will take a personalized tour of the Snake River Valley. It will literally expand your horizons and change the way you look at our beautiful community. The flight will be followed by a tour of the Tower of the Idaho Falls Regional Airport, to get behind the scenes of the orchestration of flights to and from the area.

TEDxIdahoFalls: Widening Circles – The Main Event

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    4:00 pm - 4:30 pm : Registration in the Carr Gallery


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    4:30 pm - 4:40 pm : Welcome


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    4:40 pm - 4:50 pm : Speaker 1

    Obert Skye – Author
    The magic of revision

    Writing is a process. Revision is the magic in the process. It’s what breathes energy into an otherwise lifeless body of words. When you write knowing that you can undo or change everything if you desire, that’s precisely what invites an unlimited level of creativity.

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    4:50 pm - 5:00 pm : Speaker 2

    Roger Plothow – Journalist
    Journalism as antidote

    The ubiquity of information is a multi-edged sword that is more likely to kill or maim than it is to keep the peace. Journalism is in peril, and consequently, so is an informed citizenry. It’s time for people to demand better of their news media, and it starts with you.

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    5:00 pm - 5:10 pm : Speaker 3

    Marjanna Hulet – Founder, Pocatello Community Charter School
    Curriculum conviction: Why passion matters most in education

    The debate about our education system has centered around curriculum, so it would make sense that curriculum is the most significant factor in school success, except it’s not. What if the critical factor in education were not the curriculum, but what we believe about it? It is.

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    5:10 pm - 5:25 pm : TED Video


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    5:25 pm - 5:35 pm : Speaker 4

    Jacob DeLaRosa – Inventor, Innovator, Coach, Heart Surgeon
    Take two smiles and call me in the morning

    Healing of the mind, the heart, and any part of the body starts much earlier than in treatment – it starts in the diagnosis. First contact between doctor and patient is as critical to successful treatment as any other part of the process. If we are capable of wirelessly transferring information between machines, doesn’t it also stand to reason that humans can be capable of sharing energy?

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    5:35 pm - 5:45 pm : Speaker 5

    Ann Washburn – Body language expert
    Body Language: The key to your subconscious

    How we hold our body both demonstrates and determines who we are and our level of success. What are you telling people about yourself? Or worse, what are you telling your self about yourself?

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    5:45 pm - 5:55 pm : Speaker 6

    Alan E. Barber II – Scientist, software engineer, and entrepreneur
    Humans: Some assembly required

    When you break down the assembly of the human body to the cellular level, you discover that even the individual is a community – trillions of cells combine to create the human body, and they do so in a magical rhythm and cadence of a series of five decisions. It is that series of cellular decisions which creates the human life

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    5:55 pm - 6:25 pm : Refreshments in the in the lobby and live music by Craig Green on Stage


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    6:25 pm - 6:35 pm : Speaker 7

    Mashaal Hijazi – KISU FM Radio Host and Student at Idaho State University
    The modern maze of cultural identification

    Defining one’s cultural identity in a generation of instant gratification, illogical racism, and influence from the media filled with ethnocentrism isn’t particularly easy. How do we define who we are when we live in a world which wants to take clues from our physical characteristics, accents, and dress and create an identity for us before we ever get a chance to? When do I get to be my own version of me?

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    6:35 pm - 6:45 pm : Speaker 8

    Garth Smelser – Forest Supervisor, Caribou-Targhee National Forest
    Unplug & reconnect: Propelling our children toward a nature-rich future

    Before we expect our children to care for the world which sustains us, we must first inspire them to connect with and love it. When children’s connections with the natural world are broken, they suffer physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially. Studies from around the globe reveal the physical and emotional impacts on today’s increasingly sedentary and digitally focused youth. The same research offers much needed hope regarding nature’s capacity for renewal, discovery, and overall well-being.

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    6:45 pm - 6:55 pm : Speaker 9

    Valerie Hall – Certified Professional Midwife
    We are all midwives

    The Midwife Model of Care provides a template for dealing with people in a way which empowers them to “bring forth” their best. We don’t all assist at births but we can all know the satisfaction of helping others achieve their own victories. In the process we can see greater productivity with less stress.

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    6:55 pm - 7:10 pm : TED Video


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    7:10 pm - 7:20 pm : Speaker 10

    L.J. Krumenacker – Doctoral candidate at Montana State University
    Unearthing Idaho dinosaurs: You only see what you’re looking for

    For the better part of the past century, dinosaur bones were discovered all over the globe while Idaho remained almost entirely dinosaur barren. The lack of known fossils wasn’t because dinosaurs weren’t here – it’s because of what was being looked for . The relative abundance of Idaho dinosaurs found in the past decade are evidence to the reality that you only see what you’re looking for.

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    7:20 pm - 7:30 pm : Speaker 11

    Cameron C. Taylor – Author, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist
    You can innovate like Philo T. Farnsworth

    Innovation is not something that happens in a lab. It’s something that happens in a mind – or better yet, between several minds. The story of Philo T. Farnsworth, the farm boy inventor who is credited with creating the modern television tells us exactly that, and more, it tells us that every one of us is capable of novel creation.

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    7:30 pm - 7:40 pm : Speaker 12

    Robert Podgorney – Director, Snake River Geothermal Consortium
    We’re sitting on the sun

    The bulk of efforts allocated to research in alternative energy looks to a source that only shines part of the day, while we are sitting on a huge opportunity that never sets. Geothermal energy technologies can get a boost from an unlikely source. It’s time you hear about it.

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    7:50 pm - 8:00 pm : Closing


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    Post-Event Dine-Around

    Get paired with other attendees for a post-event dinner at a pre-selected restaurant. Attendees will each be responsible to pay for their meals. If desired, you can suggest one other attendee to be paired with.