“Just like people all over the world are working from home to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Isaac Newton had to work from home during the Bubonic plague. It was during that time that he was his most productive, developing his theories of calculus, optics, and even gravity…” “…Ironically, while his time actually working at college was “undistinguished”, Newton’s time working at home were his most productive years and would alter the course of science.” (History Hustle)
Dear Gifted Wisconsin Students,
It’s very telling that Newton’s most productive time was while he was under quarantine. Perhaps this can be a time for you to be productive as well. After your class assignments are completed there may be time left in your day to get creative with your own possibilities. Is there a thought you haven’t had time to finish? Words or ideas not on paper? An experiment waiting to happen? A structure calling to be built? A game that needs developing? Creative juices needing an outlet?
The WATG Board of Directors wants to provide a place for you to showcase your quarantined time creations, experiments, musings, and inventions. The details are pending but be sure to watch our WATG Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/WisconsinGifted and our webpage http://www.watg.org/ for guidelines and directions for submission. Our “Nothing Can Stop Me” movement is all about you having an opportunity to stretch out and grow your ideas!
We are not expecting you to be Newton, but we are hoping that you might find time to shut off your screens and get creative! We want to support you during this national time of pausing. Let us share your work! Perhaps you will inspire other students to do the same thing. Who knows where your inspirations may lead? Nothing can stop you!
Parents and teachers, please share with your students as you see fit.
History Hustle. “Isaac Newton Worked from Home During the Plague and 'Discovered' Gravity.” History Hustle, 19 Mar. 2020, historyhustle.com/isaac-newton-worked-from-home-plague/?fbclid=IwAR2tEPrqiuyzO3E_hdT3EHgiwApG8fM8KfiTisQ2c_ITRH55wETA5abMyx4.