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Does Your Child Want to Change the World?

Curious Children Change the World!

Luke wanted to change the world. However since he was only 7 years old, he figured there wasn’t very much he could do.

But that didn’t stop him from trying!

It was a bright sunny day in Dublin and his family were on their way to the beach for a fun filled afternoon in the sun. His father pulled into the local gas station.

“Fossil fuels…. I wish we had a hybrid car,” whispered his mother to herself from the front seat of the car.

Luke’s eyes grew wide. “Mommy, what are fossil fuels?” he asked.

His mother turned around and looked at him. “Fossil fuels are formed from the remains of plants and animals that lived millions of years ago. Like oil, coal and gasoline. These are common examples of fossil fuels,” she replied.

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“Then why do you want a hybrid car?” Luke asked as his father returned.

“You still want a hybrid?” he asked as he fastened his seat-belt.

His mother nodded. “There are many reasons I want a hybrid car but it’s mainly because I care deeply about our environment and a hybrid car helps reduce the use of fossil fuels. Certain fossil fuels are harmful to the earth. And we want to keep our world healthy for future generations.”

“How are they harmful? Don’t fossil fuels provide energy and heat?”

“They do!” she said. “But they also release bad things into the air like sulfur dioxide or carbon dioxide.”

Luke nodded. “Thank you mommy,” he said with a smile.

He knew just how he would change the world.

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When he returned home from the beach that evening, Luke researched fossil fuels on the internet. After reading the Learn About Fossil Fuels article on www.sciencewithme.com, Luke designed a flyer and went off to get copies made of it.

The copy lady read the flyer and smiled. “For you, only $1 for 100 prints.”

The rest of the week, Luke placed his fossil fuel flyers everywhere and handed them out to everyone.

“I’m so proud of you,” his mother said the next Saturday.

“Why?”

“Because your flyers not only helped our town but it also made your dad finally buy me the hybrid car I wanted,” she said.

“So we both won!” Luke said and he high-fived his mom.

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Though Luke was young, he had changed the world in his own small way.

Do you know any intelligent and creative children just like Luke?

I bet you do.

Do they have any ideas on how they might one day change the world?

Remember an early passion for discovery is the seed of science literacy.

Today’s curious children are tomorrow’s informed citizens, skilled workers and world-changing innovators.

Share their idea below by leaving a comment below.

Interesting Fossil Fuel Facts:

  • Fossil fuels are formed from the remains of plants and animals that lived millions of years ago. Coal, oil and gas are fossil fuels.
  • All fossil fuels are mainly made up of the elements Hydrogen and Carbon and are therefore known as Hydrocarbons.
  • We burn fossil fuels to provide energy so we can drive our cars, heat our buildings, and generate electricity that we use for all sorts of purposes, such as lights and computers.
  • Fossil fuels produce carbon dioxide and water when burned.
  • Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas, which means that it traps heat in the atmosphere, which makes the Earth warmer. This is harmful for the environment.
  • Some fossil fuels (coal and oil) contain sulfur compounds, which release the gas sulfur dioxide on burning. Sulfur dioxide combines with rainwater to form sulfuric acid causing acid rain. Acid rain is harmful to the environment because it kills fish and is harmful to plants.
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