Rechargeable World – wisdom, collaboration and curiosity as a motivating force

Amidst joy and surprise, the children received the news that the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was given to the creators of a revolutionary technology: the lithium-ion battery.

“Rechargeable World,” was the term used by Nobel Committee member Olof Ramström when referring to the creation of the three awarded researchers this year.

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The award was given to John B. Goodenough, 97, of Texas University; M. Stanley Whittingham, 77, University of New York; and Akira Yoshino, 71, Meijo University and Asahi Kase Corporation; that between 1970 and 1980 created a technology that would lay the foundation for a “lighter” and rechargeable digital world, essential for the use of various devices and inventions in our daily lives, from mobile phones and notebooks to electric cars. This battery can even store solar and wind energy, and is a promise of a more sustainable world, a wireless society free of fossil fuels.

However, in addition to the much deserved recognition, we were also grateful for the possibility of reflecting on even more ingenious aspects.

“Curiosity was the main driving force for me.”, said Akira Yoshino, receiving news of the award.

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry strengthens the view that knowledge production and technology creation are not age-dependent and demonstrates the importance of collaborative work and curiosity as a motivating force, as Akira Yashino said.

It is important for children to be able to realize the wisdom of other generations, either through daily contact with their closest people, in various situations, or by recognizing the intellectual heritage accumulated over time. They must also have the opportunity to reflect and experience collaborative work as opportunities to exchange knowledge and experience, exercising shared leadership, mutual trust, co-responsibility, continuity, among other aspects.

Making children realize and recognize the importance of these aspects of reality and living these experiences is vital to their development, aiming at a harmonious, integral and healthy process of balanced personality development in connection with the educational process.

Nobel laureates continue to inspire new generations and to fully exercise their activities.

We must consider that curiosity will always be a driving force of all generations, in any age group. Often, what human beings lack is not genius, but visibility, opportunity and recognition.