12 Year Old Robot-Building Genius


At 12 years old, Rohan Agrawal knows more than most PhD students in robotics about programming robots. This summer he’s interning at Ologic, a research and development firm that has designed robots for the likes of Google, Disney, and Hasbro. He’s been programming since he was 4 years old, and we were curious about how he got started.

We quickly learned that his story was not just one about a child prodigy programmer but more about how to find and cultivate your child’s inner genius. The formula is straightforward but requires patience and careful observation. Expose your children to a wide range of possible interests, see which they gravitate to, and open the doors for them. Children will spend endless hours doing the things they love to do.

For the full story on how you can discover your child’s inner genius, check out our blog post here: http://hackingplay.com/how-to-discover-your-child-inner-genius

The Bay Area provides rich resources and communities that help children develop their passions. A few that have been especially helpful for Rohan include:
– The HomeBrew Robotics club (http://www.hbrobotics.org)
– The Amateur Radio club (http://www.fars.k6ya.org/)
– Hack the Future (http://hackthefuture.org/)
– TechLab Education (http://techlabeducation.com/)
– Hacker Dojo (http://www.hackerdojo.com/)
– Ologic (http://www.ologicinc.com/)

At Play-i, we’re developing a fun and accessible way for children to learn computer science at a young age. We’re inspiring creation by cultivating a love for learning. To learn more, sign up at http://play-i.com.


About the series:

We are sharing stories of how young people doing great things got to where they are. It starts with a spark of curiosity. Every child is different and every story is different, and we’re hoping to show how to help your little ones live up to their full potential.

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