Like so many 13-year-olds, Joshua Bernstein really likes video games. He’s good at school and enjoys biology class so much that he’d like to be a neurosurgeon or scientist someday. When it came time to choose a Mitzvah project he did his homework and went looking for a cause with meaning. Something that would have an impact. He endeavored to somehow use his love of video games to help answer a very big question, “why do people with Alzheimer’s forget?” That is just the kind of question that the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience researches. With an idea in hand, this remarkable young man rolled up his sleeves and got to work organizing an online video game tournament.
His determination and creativity raised $780 for MPFI, and he is now the youngest member of the Brain Trust. “For the first time in my life, I feel I have really made a difference. This is an amazing feeling,” said Joshua.
He is one of the many kids who love science, but one of the few who creatively used his hobby to become a partner in scientific discovery. He also shows us how curiosity is so prevalent in childhood. What begins as a robust trait becomes more fragile over time, and few people are able to be explorers into adulthood. We must support creative minds with a commitment to scientific excellence training throughout their career because today’s curious student is tomorrow’s groundbreaking researcher.