When my son was in elementary school, he was the nerdy type. More interested in books and not so good at sports. And because he wasn’t good at sports, he did not always fit in. He was left behind when the kids organized in teams and many times he came back home sad because he felt excluded. I felt helpless. I wanted to go to school with him and somehow make it better for him.
It was until one day I thought about creating a program that may attract other kids like him. I collected my learning experiences as an engineer working in 3 continents at multiple industries. I created cartoon characters and stories to engage the kids in situations and complemented the stories and theory with hands-on projects. And in January of 2011 Brainopolis started with a group of 7 kids in beautiful Plano Texas and gradually expanded to thousands of kids in different cities.
Brainopolis now has its own books, videos and a database of over 500 topics including nanotechnology, biomedical robotics, dissections, money management, coding and many other topics. We expose the kids to a diverse array of concepts and challenge them to create hands-on projects using limited resources.
Brainopolis offered my son the opportunity to meet other nerdy kids like him to make friends with. It also helped other parents to find a safe program for their smart kids. Our classes promote recycling, saving resources, empathy, collaboration and inventing. Our goal is to gradually build a community of children thinking for the future.
As parents we cannot stop to worry about the future of our children, but exposing them to diverse topics and nurturing their creativity to solve challenges will bring the problem solver in them and give them the tools to find happiness on their own. And if at some point those kids grow to become rich and share with us parents then maybe we can also find happiness retiring comfortably by the beach 😊