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edu180atl: rahil kamath 10.10.11

Recently, I watched a very interesting commercial produced by Volkswagen. Some of the company’s engineers in Odenplan, Stockholm, conducted a fascinating experiment in a subway station. The engineers transformed a normal staircase into a giant piano, each step being a key, which actually played the correct note when you stepped on them. The objective of the experiment was to get more people to take the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator.

They called their investigation the “fun theory.” The results were flabbergasting.

They filmed the process on camera and the outcome showed that 66% more people than usual took the stairs instead of the escalator! Those statistics really amazed me because I wondered, “What went through those peoples’ brains when they decided to alter their ways and take the stairs?” Curiosity. This intriguing and captivating contraption really compelled the people of Odenplan to go out of their way, even though it meant more work, to try something new. If not for this ingenious idea, implemented by the creativity of the engineers, they would be sticking with the monotony of their everyday routine without missing a beat.

I think that we all need to ask ourselves, “Have I challenged myself today or have I tried something new?” Because if we don’t, we get sucked into the world of never-ending work and have no time to do things that we really enjoy. So what did I learn today?  Without creativity and curiosity our life just drags on without true meaning. We all need to challenge and stimulate ourselves, and most of all, we need to just let loose and have fun!

About the Author: Rahil Kamath is an energetic eighth grade student and soccer player who is just itching to try new things.

Image Credit: 

LiveShopTravel. “ VW Fun Theory.” Photograph. Web. 10 Oct. 2011.

19 Comments Post a comment
  1. Rev. McCormick #

    Thanks for this inspirational post, Rahil!

    October 10, 2011
  2. Wow Rahil, what an incredible experiment! I am so proud of you for trying something new and out-of-the-box by posting what you learned today. Today, I learned, from reading this eloquent article, that I should let my hair down and go outside to kick around the soccer ball instead of worrying about a minor test in school, because variety truly is the spice of life. Thank you!

    October 11, 2011
  3. As I wrote to you earlier, RK, I loved your celebration of CURIOSITY and CREATIVITY, and my favorite line (golden nugget) was:

    “If not for this ingenious idea, implemented by the creativity of the engineers, they would be sticking with the monotony of their everyday routine without missing a beat.”
    (nice pun there with the piano stair option!)

    We need this type of post to remind us to PLAY and EXPLORE and BREAK from the monotonous confines of our silly routines! THANK YOU!

    October 11, 2011
  4. al #

    Very impressive. You really did a good job with this article.

    October 12, 2011
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    October 12, 2011
  6. Tyler Davis #

    you inspire me! Why ar you so cool

    October 12, 2011
  7. Billy Mcgahan #

    Thanks for giving us this inspiration!

    October 12, 2011
  8. PranavR #

    Fun makes everything better. This is a cool experiment Rahil. We should try to make everything more fun

    October 12, 2011
  9. Michael #

    Hey Kahil Ramath! I loved watching this in Senor Sadtler’s class, and enjoyed it even more after reading your writing

    October 12, 2011
  10. jngjc #

    Thanks so much! I’ve been trying to find this video and here it is. Now, maybe I can help share your message with the rest of the community

    October 12, 2011
  11. Nice work Rahil! It was an interesting article. 😀

    October 12, 2011
  12. Nice, do you think we can get piano stairs here???!!!!

    October 12, 2011
  13. Person #

    Great job with this blog post!

    October 12, 2011
  14. Tyler G. #

    Hey Rahil,

    What a wonderful post Rahil. It was interesting that 66% of the people chose the stairs. Fun stuff.

    October 12, 2011
  15. derekc #

    This was amazing Rahil! I wish that things we don’t like to do are turned into something fun so we would want to do it.

    October 12, 2011
  16. Rahil that is an awesome article! Good work dude!

    October 12, 2011
  17. Jonah C. #

    This is really cool, and it’s a great idea. I think we should make something like that for cars and other things like that in the US, because we really need to stop making smog and stuff.

    October 12, 2011
  18. bob joe #

    yay rahil! I like the piano.

    October 12, 2011

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