I read this article on NPR this morning. I am especially intrigued by the positive spin on the word "hack," since it is typically associated with negative activity. Via DIY.org, "hack" is living up to its alternate meaning of troubleshooting and figuring out problems. Perhaps, this is the beginning of a new computer subculture.
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Crafting, Computers And The Physical World
Chris Cook, one of the parents active in organizing the Hacker Scouts, serves as president of the hacker space where the Scouts meet. He says the group has expressly targeted kids between the ages of 8 to 14.
"It's old enough where they're ready to start developing skills, [but] they're not so old that they've already been set in their ways," Cook says, "and they're more interested in what their peer groups are doing."
"So, we felt it's the right kind of time to expose them to how to craft with their hands — how to take things from a computer and put them into the physical world," Cook says.
* Image is from DIY.org via NPR