Courtesy Photo


TEDx LagunaBlancaSchool

2019 Theme Explores the ‘Uncharted’

At Laguna Blanca School, students have found that an event with “ideas worth spreading” is also an event worth repeating. That’s why they chose to bring TEDxLagunaBlancaSchool, which began in January 2018, back for another inspiring year. The daylong event is an independently organized TED conference where up to 20 speakers present on a specific theme. Last year, with the theme “Evolve,” the inaugural event featured 16 speakers and attracted more than 550 attendees. But on January 29, TEDxLagunaBlancaSchool is going in a different direction.

What makes TEDxLagunaBlancaSchool different from other TEDx events is that the entire production is planned and run by students. At Laguna Blanca, upper school students can take TEDx as a class; this is where the event is planned. Based on skills and interests, the group divides into six sub-teams — Executive Production, Design, Curation, Operations, Publicity, and Business Development — each of which is charged with a specific task. With support from faculty guides Anna Alldredge and Allison Armstrong, these teams accomplish everything from designing the stage set to managing a complicated budget and organizing professional-quality audio and visual coverage. The resulting media are then shared around the world.

Teachers at the school agree that the program has had an enormous impact. It is an exciting day for the whole school community, and it feels like a special occasion. The theme that the TEDxLagunaBlancaSchool student team chose for this year is “Uncharted.” Expect amazing speakers like Alison Teal, named the “Female Indiana Jones” by Time magazine, and Jen Bricker, an experienced acrobat and aerialist born without legs. Tickets are available online now at, and you can follow @tedxlagunablancaschool on Instagram for more updates. Join Laguna Blanca’s faculty, students, and parents on Tuesday, January 29, for a fully engaging TEDx experience that will blow them away and into “uncharted” territory.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

event calendar sponsored by:

Damaged Bridge Repairs Delayed

March, June, and July given as possible completion dates by Caltrans for six bridges along the 192 ...

Natural History Museum Begins Vertebrate Preservation Project

The project will move 45,000 specimens into bug-proof conservation boxes.

Santa Barbara Joins in on 2019 Women’s March

Santa Barbara participates in annual national Women’s March on Saturday.

Federal Workers Get Utility Bill Break from Lompoc

City decides to extend utility due dates for federal employees during government shutdown.

Have a Thorny Saturday with the Rose Society

Annual Mission Rose Garden Pruning takes place January 19; volunteers invited to bring shears and gloves.