I know I’m not the only person here with kids, but I’m still a relatively new parent. My wife and I just celebrated our 3rd parent anniversary this past week. My oldest daughter is 3 years old and starting to get a little more inquisitive about all the “robots” she sees around her. If it’s an electronic device mounted on a wall or ceiling (speakers, cameras, motion detectors, etc), it must be a robot, and she wants to know what it does. This past week, she has taken an interest in my 3D printer and even wanted her new Robot Turtles board game.
With the Spark, I feel like a I get a little more freedom (untethered!), which may make things a little more interesting for her. I’m hashing out some solar projects that I could do for her in her playhouse or soon-to-be-delivered-and-assembled gigantic play set. Doorbells, blinky lights, sounds, motion, etc. are all interesting to her. My wife is also trying to help encourage this interest, but isn’t quite as nerdy as me (we did meet at a LAN party, though!).
Who else out there has kids? Are they interested in electronics, inventing, and tinkering? What cool projects have you done with them? How old are they? If they’re interested in this stuff, when did they start taking interest? How did you explain it to them? Does your significant other approve?
If you don’t have kids yourself, feel free to chime in about your nieces, nephews, siblings, the kid next door who thought your blinking board was cool, or even how you yourself got into this stuff at an early age!