He calls himself a maker.
He’s not just messing about all day, though. Rather, he left school to spend 6 hours a day, learning math, science, and language with a tutor. It was in these years, that he truly started tinkering – and discovering solutions.
Is quitting school really the answer though? It’s not that simple, according to Daryani.
“I quit school because I was sick of the fact that my curiosity was being killed,” he says. He wanted to learn by doing, not learn by memorizing.
“I didn’t quit studying and I wouldn’t recommend that option to anyone,” he emphasizes. Rather, he calls his study technique, open schooling. Open suggesting freedom to pursue his passions, such as building low-cost tech devices that can also help people.
Last month, David Edwards of WIRED wrote about this new approach to learning: learn by doing, not learn after we do, which has been the norm to date. Given America’s dismal perfomance in education, and its decline in the global field, the classroom is being redesigned for minds like Daryani who want to start experimenting at a younger age.
So far, education has been geared towards getting a job. However, today’s Millennials are realizing that you may have to create your own job after graduating. All those college graduates are not going to have a job waiting for them; there’s just not enough jobs in the market. So, the entrepreneurial spirit is becoming vital – not just for a business major, but for every student.
Daryani was a natural entrepreneur, using his tech skills to develop two new companies, designed for makers: Sharkits, which produces low-cost maker kits, and Sharkbot, a low-cost 3D printer that will last longer than the ones currently in the market. Sharkbot will produce 3D printers for roughly $350 a unit (Rs. 20,000), considerably cheaper than 3D printers sold in the United States.
The eye-pad, or more formally called a “Haptic Feedback E-reader for the Visually Impaired,” converts Roman text into Braille in real-time. Traditionally, the blind have to wait till books are converted to Braille for them to read; this could become the world’s first Kindle for Braille users of its kind, Daryani says. The device was crafted with Ramesh Raskar and Anna Young of MIT’s Media Lab, an organization that Daryani admires.
He especially wants other kids to see what science and technology can do. He’s simply learning by doing, he says.
Perhaps more of us should as well – irrespective of age.
Source : Forbes , 31st October 2014