Most 10-year-olds are concerned with playing video games, hanging out with their friends, going to school and doing stuff with their family. Sure, they have specific interests by that age and are starting to get a grasp on the larger world. But how many of them actually apply to create some sort of change that early on?
Eva, a 10-year-old girl who has already shown an interest in code, is certainly something special. And the people of Paris are about to recognize just how special she really is.
Despite her young age Eva recently applied for a Paris Summer Innovation Fellowship. Organizers of the event were looking for people who wanted to make a difference in Paris, France, and to help them make those dreams come true.
According to Eva’s application, she wanted to apply because she’s noticed that the streets of Paris “are sad.” And she wants to build a robot to help make them happy again. As an added bonus, she’s already started learning to code on Thymio robots, although she admits in her application that she has trouble “making it work.”
Obviously this application stood out among the ones from urban designers, PhDs and the like. Rather than simply ignore it or write it off as cute, those accepting the applications decided this was just the inspiration they were looking for.
“The answer is yes. You have been selected as one of Paris’ first-ever Summer Innovation Fellows among an impressive pool of candidates from all across the world: accomplished urban designers, data scientists and hardware specialists. I love your project and agree that more should be done — through robotics or otherwise — to improve Paris’ streets and make them smile again,” wrote founder and director Kat Borlongan in her acceptance letter.
“I am writing to you personally because your application inspired me. There was nothing on the website that said the program was open to 10 year olds but–as you must have noticed–nothing that said that it was not. You’ve openly told us that you had trouble making the robot work on your own and needed help. That was a brave thing to admit, and ultimately what convinced us to take on your project.”
We have to admit it’s pretty darned inspiring to us, too. It’s pretty cool that Eva was willing to put herself out there for her dreams, and it will hopefully encourage other little girls (and boys) around the world to do the same, as Bolognan notes.
“It is my hope that your work on robotics will encourage more young girls all over the world — not just to code, but to be as brave as you, in asking for help and actively looking for different ways to learn and grow. More good news: I wrote to Thymio, the robotics company whose tech you use and asked if they could designate a specialist to personally help you. They have decided that that person will be their President himself. They will also be providing you their latest robot.”
How awesome is that? We can’t wait to see what Eva comes up with during her time in the program. And if she’s this amazing now, just think about what she can accomplish in the next 10 years.
Kind of makes us wonder what we were doing when we were 10. Whatever it was, it certainly wasn’t heading to Paris to change the world.