(VOVworld) - Have you ever wondered how things were created or why things happen? Or have you ever tried creating something yourself? These questions inspired the formation of “Restless curiosity”, a group of young students in Hanoi who love inventing things and finding explanations for everyday phenomena. Let’s meet these passionate young “scientists”.

I came to their laboratory, actually, a 20 sq-meter room in the house of the members. They were making a video on how to create a rubens’ tube or flame tube.


It was fun to watch uniform flames dancing to the music when gas was ignited within the tube. What’s a more entertaining combo than fire and music? I found myself growing very interested in what they were doing. I approached Nguyễn Anh Tuấn, co-founder of Restless Curiosity, and asked him how the group was formed: "When I was a child, I was curious about almost everything around me. I became very annoying to other people by asking them too many questions about why this or that happened. Tiến, the other co-founder, loved touching things, studying them, and trying to create something new. We just got together to share our passion for science. We abandoned our dream of becoming a scientist or inventor because the science class at school was too boring. Now we are economics majors but we want to do something to inspire other students to continue their dream of science. That’s the birth of Restless Curiosity"

Science is introduced to school in the early grades. Primary students begin to study science in the third grade and study biology, physics, and chemistry in the sixth grade. Most students say an imbalance between theory and practice prevents them from enjoying the subject and dulls their passion for science. Trần Chí Thành said: "You’d be surprised to know how long I was yearning to study physics in school. But physics turned out to be not much different from Maths. It was all about theory and calculations. During 7 years of studying physics, I was unable to install a light bulb in my home. I started to study science by myself. I spent hours reading books and watching videos on the internet. One day I bumped into a series of videos by Restless Curiosity. I found their experiments very friendly, funny, and easy to understand"

Restless Curiosity owns a youtube channel with 28,000 subscribers and hopes the number will continue to climb. The videos explain scientific phenomena like why wood has a grain, why people sweat, where starch comes from, and more. Other videos show viewers how to create things like a sofa, a robot, or a rocket ….from a coke bottle. The group also holds offline meetings where young people can do experiments and share their ideas for inventions. Co-founder Lương Trung Tiến told us: "Many people think science and technology are something super powerful and far from real life, but they’re actually very friendly and easy to understand. Our group sometimes invites young people to attend a science camp and help with our experiments. I remember we had tons of fun with changing our voice pitch. We let participants inhale two kinds of gas, Helium and sulfur hexafluoride to see how the pitch would change. You wanna listen to it? Let me show you."

Though beset with a lack of cash and family pressures, the group is determined to continue experimenting, generating ideas, and encouraging the involvement of students, teachers, and anybody else who loves science. It seems nothing can stop these passionate young scientists from chasing their dreams of science. Nguyễn Anh Tuấn seemed very enthusiastic: "We have a strong belief that our efforts, along with public support will make a change to teaching science to students. That’s the great mission we’ve taken on our shoulders. If school science books are improved one day, Restless Curiosity will still be a venue for science fans to meet and exchange cool ideas. You know what, science is awesome and all we wanna say is….."


 Phuong Khanh