This summer, my son Noah and I discovered DIY and fell in love. So far, he’s earned 11 skills, with many more to come!
In the process of earning his Data Visionary badge, Noah created a public transportation survey that went viral! He was featured on the Huffington Post and retweeted by people like Om Malik and Tim O’Reilly. Over 1,000 people took his survey.
Noah was invited to tour SurveyMonkey and give a presentation on his survey! We showed the team DIY.org and how much Noah has been inspired to do since he got started on the site.
(Noah is a featured customer on SurveyMonkey’s blog today: https://www.surveymonkey.com/blog/en/blog/2013/11/08/noah-campbell-survey-fan/ ).
We just love how DIY teaches kids that they can learn skills—like data analysis!—that would normally be considered too “big” for kids. Watching him manipulate his survey results, I was, frankly, a little awed. We’ve come a long way since the beginning of the summer.
Since he discovered DIY, Noah has baked scones, written and performed his own song, made a video about surface tension, edited a photo of himself to look like a zombie, and, yes, run a Brown Bag lunch presentation for a room full of adult data professionals. He has done so many more things than we would ever have thought possible at his age — and there are dozens of skills left to learn!
Image made by Jonathan Glick.