Back in the 1930’s and through the 1960’s GM. Fisher Body ran a program and a competition to get young, mostly boys but I don’t think girls were excluded, inspired into making and creativity. This was the Fisher Body Craftsman’s Guild.
Or has it been stuck? George Will talks about that here:
Or a variable temp soldering iron. Any real tool is better than this:
This is just yet another feel good attempt to make the entitled feel better about themselves. Rather than breaking gender stereotypes, this magazine is reinforcing them. I mean, seriously, glitter and glue? That’s Mitchell’s stuff. The problem is that we have too much Mitchell’s stuff already and not enough “making” stuff. It’s easy to get glitter and glue. Just go about a 1/4 mile in my case one way and about a mile in the other way. Robot parts, not so much. You are hardly going to break gender stereotypes doing the same sort of things that reinforce those stereotypes.
Technology is not magic and sometimes in the rush to get the latest toys we forget some simple truths. The biggest is KISS. As Sipp points out here.
Another in Wired Uk’s series of videos about Shenzhen.
Make magazine put out a gift guide. I’ve pulled some highlights and added a few items at the bottom. I will add more as I think about them.