Jack Andraka, a 16-yr old, won at Intel’s science fair in 2012 after developing a cheap and simple cancer detection test. His brother Luke, at 18 years of age, is a MIT Think Award winner and was a finalist twice in the Intel competition.
Forbes magazine spoke to Jack and Luke’s parents to find out how they raised such intelligent children. The key lies in teaching your children to think about problems on their own and form innovative solutions. Other tenets pointed out by the parents include:
i) Encourage your children to focus on a single project: “When you focus just on a specific goal or problem and wrap your head around the goal, it opens up all kinds of creativity and problem solving,” said Mrs Andraka.
ii) Do not set too many rules: Rules can kill creativity, and it boxes up children. The Andrakas keep to a simple – “Treat people with respect, do your homework, be honest, and try to be safe.”
iii) Set expectations early: The Andrakas set the expectation with their children that they would attend university since they were at primary school.
Full story at Forbes: The Genius of Raising Brilliant Kids – A Conversation with Jack Andraka’s Parents