The Foundation for a Meaningful Life
Kindergarten - Grade 9 in Southborough, MA

Ideas&Insights - Dr. Temple Grandin

An Evening With Temple Grandin


Have you ever wondered what makes a kite fly or a boat float? Have you ever thought about why snowflakes are symmetrical, or why golf balls have dimples? Have you ever tried to make a kaleidoscope or build a pair of stilts?

In this unique presentation based on her bestselling book
Calling All Minds, Dr. Temple Grandin explores the ideas behind all of those questions and more. She delves into the science behind inventions and the ways young inventors can understand what it means to tinker, fiddle, and innovate. Throughout her presentation, Temple gives us glimpses into her own childhood tinkering, building, and inventing. She describes the challenges she has faced and offers ideas on how others dealing with autism can meet obstacles and improve the quality of their lives. Backed by her personal experience and evidence-based research, Temple shares her valuable insights on all types of thinkers and why they are important.

Dr. Temple Grandin, a world-renowned autism spokesperson, scientist, and inventor, has served as an inspiration and role model to hundreds of thousands of families and people with autism. She is a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and has written numerous books on autism, including the seminal
Thinking in Pictures. HBO made an Emmy Award–winning movie about her life, and she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2016.

Questions about this event? Please contact Nicole Casey at 508-490-8204 or

Event Details

Event Date: April 28, 2022
Event Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Fay School's Harris Theater

Parking will be available at the locations below and signs will be on campus to direct visitors; click here for a campus map. Please leave ample time for parking and walking to the theater.
  • Harlow Circle - 23 Middle Road
  • Upjohn Circle - Accessed via 54 Main Street
  • Brackett House - 31 Main Street
  • Camp Family Dining Room Lot - 48 Main Street 

There is limited seating in our theater and only guests that RSVP in advance will be able to attend the event (registration reached capacity on 4/24/22). All guests will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination before entering the theater. If a guest is not vaccinated or fails to show their vaccination card, they will be asked to wear a mask throughout the duration of the event. Masks are optional for all other guests.
Fay School's Ideas&Insights Speaker Series welcomes experts in education, child development, and parenting to share research, tools, and inspiration with parents and families.

Previous speakers:
David Epstein: "Range - Why Generalists Thrive in a Specialized World" (2019)
Dr. Madeline Levine: "Teach Your Children Well" (2019)
Dr. Richard Ginsburg: “Youth Sports Specialization: What Parents Need to Know” (2018)
Dr. Julie Lythcott-Haims: "How to Raise an Adult" (2018)
Ron Lieber: "The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money” (2017)
Dr. Rob Evans: "Raising Healthy Children in Challenging Times" (2017)
Katie LeClerc-Greer: "How Do We Keep Our Kids Safe in This Technology-Driven World?" (2016)
Dr. Michael Thompson: "How to Raise Responsible Children" (2015)
Dr. Nancy Carlsson-Paige: "Taking Back Childhood: Helping Children Thrive in Challenging Times" (2014)
Jessica Lahey: "The Gift of Failure" (2013)
main number 508-490-8250
admission 508-490-8201