Take those kids away from the X-Box and show them there are exciting things to learn and do beyond video games. So many professional aviators, astronauts, entrepreneurs and engineers say they "caught the bug of flight" at a very young age and it changed their life forever.
Notable children that caught the bug...
Neil Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio. On July 20, 1936, when he was 6, he experienced his first airplane flight in Warren, Ohio, when he and his father took a ride on a Ford Trimotor (aka the "Tin Goose"). Neil immediately began taking flying lessons at the county airport, and was just 15 when he finally earned his flight certificate, before he yet had a driver's license. Armstrong was active in the Boy Scouts and he eventually earned the rank of Eagle Scout; as an adult, he was recognized by the Boy Scouts of America with their Distinguished Eagle Scout Award and Silver Buffalo Award. On July 18, 1969, while flying towards the Moon inside the Columbia, he greeted the Scouts: "I'd like to say hello to all my fellow scouts and scouters at Farragut State Park in Idaho having a National Jamboree there this week; and Apollo 11 would like to send them best wishes."