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 Student TEDx Event Returns to Cajon Valley

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The world's only student-focused TEDx event is returning to El Cajon.

The Cajon Valley Union School District will host the second annual TedxKids@ElCajon from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at Greenfield Middle School, in El Cajon. For tickets and event details, visit Tickets are $10. A livestream also will be available.

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks of 18 minutes or less. TEDx events are independently organized TED events.

This year's theme is iMPACT. Cajon Valley officials say TEDx provides a platform for students to share their voice and be inspired by ideas that impact the world around them.

"TEDxKids@ElCajon is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students to craft a unique message that will reach a worldwide audience," Superintendent David Miyashiro said. "It makes for a one-of-a-kind learning experience. I'm proud to be a part of a district with so many hardworking educators who are making a real difference in the lives of children every day."

TEDxKids@ElCajon will have four zones: a theater with three sessions of TED talks by K-8 students and adults, as well as entertainment; The Interact Lounge, an area for overflow seating and activities for younger children; Innovation Park, with a mini maker fair and demonstration area with more than 35 exhibitors, including SeaWorld and Legoland; and Children's Activity Workshops, including exhibitions on 3D printing and Minecraft design.

Scheduled featured speakers include a local first-grader explaining a complex math equation, a fourth-grader sharing his immigrant journey from Afghanistan to El Cajon, an Icelandic child who built a 20-foot replica of the Titanic using 56,000 Legos, and Tae Hoe, a Master Chef Junior contestant from Chula Vista.

Food trucks and local vendors will be onsite for lunch and refreshments.​