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Teaching Kids Engineering By Building Cartoon Tech (hackaday.com) 33

szczys writes: If you're struggling to get your kids interested in electronics or other types of engineering, this is the way. Start young and focus on something they're already fascinated with. The two brothers in this article are really into the PBS cartoon Wild Kratts. There's a handheld communications device called a Creaturepod on the show. With the help of mom and dad the family built a working version of the fictional hardware. Of course having Joe Grand, a well-known professional computer engineer, as the patriarch was key in this story. But the roadmap is there for this to be replicated.
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Teaching Kids Engineering By Building Cartoon Tech

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  • by Chrisq ( 894406 ) on Thursday October 15, 2015 @05:47AM (#50734041)
    A good way to get kids interested in tech and building
    • by Z00L00K ( 682162 )

      Cartoon tech - Wile E. Coyote [wordpress.com].

    • by Bengie ( 1121981 )
      Cartoons? As much as I liked them, I didn't like them more than the Discovery channel or History channel. Before they started to suck.
  • by bkr1_2k ( 237627 ) on Thursday October 15, 2015 @07:30AM (#50734299)

    Or just let them be kids and give them exposure to a lot of things and let them decide what they're interested in instead of trying to force them down a particular path. There are plenty of avenues of success (both emotional and financial) that don't involve engineering or electronics.

    • Or just let them be kids and give them exposure to a lot of things and let them decide what they're interested in instead of trying to force them down a particular path. There are plenty of avenues of success (both emotional and financial) that don't involve engineering or electronics.

      Apparently you haven't (in good /. tradition) rtfa. The kids loved working on it and were interested in electronics. Both learned a lot of this project, had lots of fun and now know that thinking up something is not the same as instantly making it, and that for making it one has to make choices of what it can, and can't do.
      All very useful in real life and none of it 'forced down' to them.

      • Somebody did not read the preamble:

        "If you're struggling to get your kids interested in electronics or other types of engineering, this is the way. "

        Notice the bit about "struggling to get your kids interested"...
  • This sounds like great family time together. Kids working with their parents on any project, be it gardening, making same kind of art work, working on the car, whatever, is how children should spend a lot of their time. Far better than plopping them in front of a TV or game console.

"Who cares if it doesn't do anything? It was made with our new Triple-Iso-Bifurcated-Krypton-Gate-MOS process ..."

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