If only there were, for every kid glued to an XBox, another kid like Wesley Souza. After observing how an escavadeira (excavator) works, the Brazilian teen replicated the hydraulic mechanisms using syringes and plastic tubing; with a little help from family member Lidio, he even carved up some wood scraps to create a working scale model.
See it in action:
Souza, who lives in the central Brazilian state of Tocantins, clearly has a future in engineering or design. But for now he works for Desempregados, an activist organization dedicated to helping the unemployed make ends meet.
While they obviously don't celebrate the holiday in Brazil, this Thanksgiving I'll be thankful our planet contains kids like Souza.