[hackerspaces] Children in hackerspaces.

Adam D Bachman adam.bachman at gmail.com
Thu Jan 28 19:26:42 CET 2010

> it appears that 2010 will be the year when there will be more
spaces folding than opening

I agree. That's what happens when you get a massive publicity push like the
HS movement got in '08 and '09 (the co-working movement in the USA is seeing
this too, by the way). Articles in every publication and a lot of
overexcited folks getting too deep into a medium sized weekend project
(signing a lease and donating old electronics) before considering the long
term commitment. It's not a statement on what hackerspaces are or what
"hackers" are capable of (god, I hate that label), but on how society works.
People try things, some stick, some don't. *Such is life.*
*I believe the spaces are only external manifestations of something that's
been around and will continue to be around. I'm on the 10,000 year plan,
some amount of phase shift is expected at the local scale.*

- Adam

On Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 11:58 AM, <quemener.yves at free.fr> wrote:

> ----- "Nick Farr (hackerspaces.org)" <nick at hackerspaces.org> a écrit :
> > On Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 21:10, Donald J Ankney <dankney at hackerco.de>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Assuming that insurance reasons are an underlying motivation
> > > and not a rationalization is the first one. I voted against kids in
> > > the Black Lodge because I don't want to be a babysitter.
> To add on this :
> I personally go to the hackerspace to hack with people, to share advanced
> knowledge.
> I go to another non-profit to organize science activities for children.
> This is not the same activity.
> Sometimes one want to hack and quickly get something working. In that case,
> yes, this is elitist, but I prefer people who are already knowledgeable
> about the subject. For education there are conferences.
> The problem with kids are usually not with kids but with the parents : "my
> kid will help you ! He's so smart ! He codes in BASIC". The kid is fine. But
> a smart and advanced kid is not what makes a hacker. Go find other people of
> the same level, go learn a bit more, come make small robots with me at the
> non-profit for youth science and come back to the hackerspace once you want
> to go further.
> Both activities are honorable, but they are different, in my humble
> opinion. They can happen in the same place, but understand that by mixing
> them, none of them will work efficiently.
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