Theo enjoys computer programming, astronomy, and model rocketry. He is also learning to make pottery. He'd like to become a quantum physicist one day, stating, "I enjoy hearing new thoughts about the nature of light, gravity, subatomic particles, and atoms."
Encouraged by his father, an archaeologist, and his own budding interest, Theo was interested in techniques used by prehistoric people to create pottery. He wondered whether modern methods could be used to duplicate the colors and textures of pottery made by prehistoric people known as the Hohokam.
Because other studies had shown that iron oxide and manganese dioxide are responsible for the red and black colors on Hohokam pottery, Theo painted these two colors on two types of clay. He fired the clay in a kiln under two different temperatures. He found that using a lower temperature and earthenware clay accurately duplicated the look of Hohokam pottery.