[hackerspaces] More kids+hackerspaces stuff...

john arclight arclight at gmail.com
Tue May 19 00:03:16 CEST 2009

I can't remember where I heard this, but I remember a quote to the effect of
"Kids pay attention when there's risk."
I'm not saying that we should deliberately expose kids to risk of serious
injury or anything, but I think it's true that we most remember those
demonstrations where there was fire, large spinning objects, metallic Sodium
going into a beaker of water, etc.

Or there was a risk of breaking some piece of expensive equipment you had
been trusted with.

The experience kids get today in school (at least here) is more about
teacher-run demos, keeping them away from glassware and chemicals, and
computer-based simulations.  Likewise, there aren't a lot of schools around
that have auto shop, woodworking or machine shop anymore.  So providing
those opportunities, and at the same time giving them some responsibility
and challenging them to think would be a real win.

As long as you have adequate supervision, you can have those kids on the
edge of their seats without actually putting them in any danger.


On Mon, May 18, 2009 at 1:46 PM, friday demola <demolaboy at gmail.com> wrote:

> Well im trying to organize a Work Shop for my Kids.
> But i need to find more about the stuff from the other Hacker if Possible.
> On 5/16/09, Tilman Frosch <til at das-labor.org> wrote:
> > Am Freitag, den 15.05.2009, 18:45 +0200 schrieb webzeug at gbks.net:
> > *snip*
> >
> > I may add that we also had a school project over at our space, who had
> > started copying one of our projects ("Borg 3d", those LED cubes you
> > maybe saw on the 2xC3 or on youtube). The group consisted of 6 or 7
> > children (about 10 or 11 years old, I'd say) and tutor. They had already
> > built the cube (and asked some questions about doing so via email) and
> > were having problems how to program the microcontroller, so we invited
> > them. They were given a 2 days crash course on programming C for AVR mc
> > and were able to finish their project. I think this was a very cool
> > experience both our guests and us.
> >
> > Til
> >
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