From the editor: Head of the class

So what did you do last Thursday? I got to sit in a room and have someone control my heartbeat from a computer without even touching me. I’m not exaggerating. Tap, tap, tap – my heart was racing out of my chest. Tap, tap, tap – my heartbeat plummeted making me feel like it was being sucked out of my body. It’s a disconcerting and uncomfortable feeling, to say the least.

It’s not the greatest way to spend a morning, but it’s all just part of the process to make sure the crazy little piece of technology inside my chest is working properly and keeping me going. Since it literally saved my life, I’m a little partial to it even when it does make me feel weird. I’m also partial to the nurses and doctors who care for me. And I’m really grateful for the scientists who came up with the technology in the first place.

How did they come up with it? What made them want to in the first place? Where did they learn to be curious, smart, determined and creative? My guess would be it started long ago. Long before they were saving lives, those scientists were first- graders learning to read. That caring nurse was once just a kid learning biology. That doctor was a middle-schooler studying algebra. They all were students, learning from teachers.

 

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