Konkurs English-Speaking Countries in a Nutshell

Z przyjemnością informujemy, że mimo przesunięcia spowodowanego epidemią,  finał naszego dzielnicowego konkursu realioznawczego odbędzie się  i został zaplanowany na poniedziałek 8 czerwca. Pytania do finałowego testu zostaną opracowane na podstawie materiału zawartego w książeczce kulturowej, którą uczniowie otrzymali przed pierwszym etapem, oraz informacji publikowanych cyklicznie od lutego w Aktualnościach na naszej stronie. Dziś jeden z ostatnich wpisów, poświęcony Elonowi Muskowi.

 

Elon Musk

Elon Musk was born in 1971 in South Africa. He did not have a particularly easy childhood: he was overweight, his relationship with his parents was difficult, and he was bullied at school. As a result, he spent most of his time reading and studying. At one point, he read 60 books a month! He also had a photographic memory and he is said to have learned two encyclopedias by heart.

When he was a young boy, Musk developed an interest in computers, and he taught himself how to program. Apart from his academic skills, he also turned out to be a good entrepreneur, and he sold his first software when he was 12.  After high school, Musk went to Canada where he started university. Then, he moved to the USA to study business and physics at the University of Pennsylvania. Later, he went to Stanford University in California to pursue a PhD in energy physics. However, that was the beginning of the Internet boom, so he left Stanford and started his first company, Zip2 Corporation. It was a technology company that provided a searchable business directory that made it possible for people to find local businesses at a time when computers were not yet very common.  He sold the company and used the money to create PayPal, which he sold in 2002 earning 1.5 billion dollars.

Elon Musk is best known today as the CEO of Tesla that produces electric cars, however he also founded a number of other companies. He believed that for life to survive, humanity has to colonize other planets, so in 2002, he invested the money from the sale of PayPal to create Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) that produces affordable and reusable rockets and delivers supplies for NASA into space. Musk wants to send mice and plants to Mars and build a spacecraft for commercial space travel.

Apart from space exploration, Musk was keeping busy on earth, developing Tesla Motors and electric cars technology. He also came up with many other ideas. One of his projects is the Hyperloop – a super-high-speed train that travels in a vacuum tube.  Another one is The Boring Company, which has a mission to dig a network of tunnels under and around cities in order to reduce street traffic and make travelling faster. Musk also promotes sustainable energy and products, so he bought SolarCity Corp. that produces solar panels. Today, Elon Musk is among the 25 richest people on earth.