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TEDxKids @SMU Logistics & FAQs


Year three…it’s coming! TEDxKids @SMU is a high-energy, 1/2 day TED-style conference designed just for middle school students. It’s rapid-fire presentations, incredible tech demos, immersive breaks. It’s both student and adult presenters sharing equally engaging stories. It’s combining learning with giving through our TEDxKids @SMU service projects. It’s out of the box and DIY. And, it’s also just a lot of fun.

Friday, December 2, 2011
Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, Dallas, TX

TEDxKIDS  Live webcast can be seen at  livestream.com/tedx2 starting at 12:30pm Friday, December 2, 2011

About TEDxKids @SMU
The TEDx and TED model of conferences are an ideal platform to present new, engaging ideas to the next generation of leaders, artists, creators, innovators, and  inventors. Short, bursty presentations by astounding thinkers on a broad array of topics ranging from the science of yo-yo’s to space exploration take students out of the classrooms and into a setting where the teachers are the people actually thinking up and executing these big ideas.

Attending TEDxKids 2011
TEDxKids @SMU applications are open to any Dallas/Fort Worth area 6th, 7th or 8th grade student. Students must apply and be accepted in order to attend, and can do so either as individual applicants or through schools or after-school programs. Applications will be available at the beginning of the Fall 2011 semester. Admitted students must have a chaperone who will stay in the building during the conference, although we do ask that chaperones sit in a separate part of the theater from the students. Students sit with a high school junior or senior “Host” during the sessions.

Applications are now closed.

September 12- Applications open
October 17- All applications due
November 16- Registration closes; all signed release forms due.

12:30-1:00 | Check in at the Wyly Theatre (2400 Flora Street, Dallas, TX 75201)
1:00-2:30 | Session I
2:30-3:30 | Break
3:30-5:00 | Session II


Community Service Requirement
As part of our commitment to the students in the Dallas area, we offer this program free of charge for students to attend, but require that students commit to completing a service learning project. At TEDxKids, students will have the opportunity to sign up for one of several volunteer experiences coordinated through TEDxSMU, or to propose a service learning project of their choosing.

To reaffirm to the students that this day is really about and for them, we are asking that all chaperones and adults attending TEDxKIDS @SMU sit on the 2nd and 3rd levels of the Wyly Theatre or Simulcast Lounge, where parents and chaperones can watch and be in close proximity to students without being in the same row. This is available based on the comfort and discretion of chaperones. TEDxKids @SMU Hosts are Dallas-area juniors and seniors in high school who have been selected through an application process to serve as peer mentors to the students and will also be available to sit with them during the program.

TEDxKids @SMU Hosts

October 21- All applications due (extended deadline)
October 26-Application notification
November 19 OR 15-Host Training

(Formerly the TEDxKids @SMU Camp Counselor Program) TEDxKids @SMU will select 50 high school juniors and seniors to serve as Hosts to groups of 5-7 middle school students during the TEDxKids conference. Each Host will complete peer leadership training prior to TEDxKids. Hosts will greet students as they arrive at TEDxKids @SMU and help them understand the flow of the day. Hosts sit with the students during the conference, and stay with their assigned small group during the break. Hosts will also be expected to participate in one of the service learning projects offered through TEDxSMU on Monday, January 16.

This is a great opportunity that offers training in peer leadership, a free ticket to attend TEDxKids @SMU, and the chance to interact with a diverse group of students from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. And, it looks great on your resume! At TEDxKids, you will:

  • Serve as a mentor to a small group of 5-7 TEDxKids attendees
  • Help facilitate conversations about the array of topics that we cover at TEDxKids
  • Participate in the breaks by guiding your small group through interacting with speakers, engaging with the art installations, and experiencing multiple hands-on opportunities
  • Get the full experience of TEDxKids by being immersed in every component of the event!

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