October 11, 2012
Parent of tween and co-founder of Los Hackers, the all-ages "scout"-ish group affiliated with LA Makerspace. I run a weekly Homago geek out for parents of maker-kids to share tips and experiences. I don't believe in STEAM, but rather Tinkering, Making, and Hacking. These are ways of approaching life, the world, and nature in general, not just an acronym representing a list of 5 school subjects. I believe in the Tinkering Tenets, as expressed in "The Art of Tinkering", Make Magazine's Maker's Bill of Rights, and the Hacker Ethic as first set down by Steven Levy in "Hackers". I believe that if you start early enough you can impart these values and ways of doing and looking at things to most kids, but if you don't have them by the time you reach adulthood you will never really get it. And if I had a nickel for each time someone started a conversation with me with a sentence that contained both "Arduino" and "Raspberry Pi" I could buy a round of drinks for this meet up.
Old school hacker and parent of a teen.