My wife and I bought our 14 year old son an Arduino Starter kit for his birthday.
We opened it up tonight on the kitchen table and spent an hour or so installing software, sorting through parts and playing.
One of my favourite parts was in the intro to the projects book that came with it:
“Arduino is open and simple. It’s founded on lessons we’ve learned teaching our own classes: if you start with the assumption that learning to make digital technologies is simple and accessible, you can make it so. Suddenly, electronics and code become creative tools that anyone can use – like brushes and paint.”
I like the emphasis on doing, on creating. These are tough skills to learn, but if you are motivated to make something, to solve a problem, to use a tool creatively, you are more likely to stick with it.
I’m looking forward to the journey we’ve got in front of us.