Kicker: A 9-year-old engineer


NICK EICHER, HOST: Like most other kids in his neighborhood in Amsterdam, 9-year-old Laurent Simons says he enjoys things your typical 9-year-old boy enjoys: playing with his dog, go-karting, and watching Netflix.

But he also enjoys—his words—“designing [electrical] circuits and things like that.”

That’s part of the course work for the degree he’s set to earn from Eindhoven University of Technology in Holland.

SIMONS: [Speaking in Dutch]

If you don’t speak Dutch, he just said he’s studying electrical engineering. 

You remember I said he’s 9?

His goal one day is to create artificial organs to help save lives. 

Young Mr. Simons started school at age 4 and breezed through primary school, secondary school, and university in just 5 years.

One of his teachers called him “the quickest student we’ve ever seen. And he’s not just hyper-intelligent, but very nice.”

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