Bitcoin has earned a reputation for being what the current generation calls a digital gold mine. However, as much as this claim may be true, it is quite clear that the early adopters of bitcoin stand to benefit most from it. Regardless, it is not too late to get into the trade – this is where relevant and accurate educational efforts come in. Already governments in countries like Thailand have seen the inevitability of bitcoin’s growth in popularity and they are taking steps to provide citizens with correct information regarding the decentralized digital currency that has taken the world by storm.
In 2014, as part of a class project, an Alaskan schoolgirl distributed 30 papers wallets containing bitcoin to her classmates – something that at the time just seemed to be an attempt at wowing her classmates with the wonders of bitcoin. The girl reaped more than just an excellent grade from the science fair project as she also pocketed 3.5 BTC which is currently equivalent to a neat sum of dollar bills.
With the help of her pro-bitcoin parents and some bitcoin donated by members of r/bitcoin, she drew up an information stand that had information about what bitcoin is, how it works as well as how it can be used. This earned her the first place prize at the Interior Alaska Science Fair. As of 2014, bitcoin was equivalent to about $850 which therefore implies that the kids who were smart enough to retain their wallets are now thousands of dollars richer.
The girl’s mother is very proud and regularly provides updates on her daughter’s legacy with the latest one saying: “Little Alaska group of crypto kids talking about decentralized banking, forks, and the current issues with bitcoin now when they hang out. All from this little science project in 2014.”
Bitcoin education is becoming rather important – as important as teaching young people about money and allowing them to develop a sense of financial freedom. The story here may seem like a fairy tale especially because of the high price value of bitcoin at the moment but it is always important to incentivize the next generation to develop an interest in cryptocurrency. It is, after all, the future of currency.