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Adafruit Launches Educational Show Aimed At Kids

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  • "Literally" (Score:4, Interesting)

    by girlintraining (1395911) on Wednesday April 03, 2013 @04:23AM (#43345713)

    So what you're saying is... you're making a literal for the children argument. You're actually making something... for kids. Damn. This hasn't happened in months in this country. You go girl. The last "for the children" I heard involved guns. I'd rather have kids learning how to make drones, death robots, and sentient AI, because at least that shit takes talent! :)

    • by SharpFang (651121)

      Now, now, projecting and building a semiautomatic rifle from scratch takes considerable talent too.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        'A' is for Aim or Automatic or Amunition or Assault Rifle.

  • and the glasses... was that Ada from Adafruit industries?

  • Why is this annoying? Not because it exist, because it wasn't around when I was younger. The closest my teachers ever got to an electrical circuit was turning on the light switch. I think it's about time we move basic electrical understanding down into the grade school level 1-8. By the time a student is in grade 8 they should at least understand the fundamentals of binary logic and be able to write a simple program using ASM or C, or another "teaching" language. I'm just pissed this wasn't around 1
    • by pikine (771084) on Wednesday April 03, 2013 @08:27AM (#43346487) Journal

      I wish she hadn't said that only grown ups are allowed to touch the circuit breaker box. For most part the circuit breakers are designed to be remarkably safe. Only don't use a hammer to pound on them or try to insert blades or paper clips into the gap lines. Maybe a word of caution is that if the circuit breaker has dangling wires, or if it shows signs of poor construction or tampering, then even grown ups probably shouldn't mess with it. All of that could take just a few more seconds to explain.

      I am of the opinion that if you keep teaching children like they were children, they would never grow up. You have to teach them like adults. Of course some people would disagree and say that in order to communicate effectively, you must target an age group. I would say take the element that makes communicating to that age group effective, and use it to improve communication to other age groups also. In the end, the most effective communication methods to all age groups converge into one, and target audience age group becomes a non-issue.

      • by Murdoch5 (1563847)
        I entirely agree with you
      • by Joce640k (829181)

        I wish she hadn't said that only grown ups are allowed to touch the circuit breaker box.

        I can tell you've never seen what most kids do when they see a light switch (or any other on/off switch for that matter).

      • I wish she hadn't said that only grown ups are allowed to touch the circuit breaker box. For most part the circuit breakers are designed to be remarkably safe.

        The breakers themselves are remarkably safe (but see below) but what they control might not be. Want your young kids to be comfortable switching them on and off while you are working on the garbage disposal?

        Or maybe people wouldn't mind their kids switching things off while your NAS is busy writing a file?

        And then there is the actual possi
        • by pikine (771084)

          Want your young kids to be comfortable switching them on and off while you are working on the garbage disposal?

          Adults can accidentally kill other adults the same way if you don't post any warning signs on the circuit breaker that the particular circuit is being worked on. Why not focus on the correct safety instruction?

          Or maybe people wouldn't mind their kids switching things off while your NAS is busy writing a file?

          It's your fault that your NAS is not protected by UPS.

          And then there is the actual possibil

    • by MacTO (1161105)

      This was around 15 years ago.

      Computers and electricity have been a part of school curricula for at least 20 years now, and some schools have been incorporating meaningful computer instruction for 30 years. The issue is that very few teachers are capable of teaching this stuff.

      I don't foresee this situation changing any time soon. The type of person who has a deep enough knowledge of electricity and programming to teach it effectively is rarely attracted to teaching at the primary level. The few who do ma

      • by Murdoch5 (1563847)
        It could be in the school system but if the teachers can't teach it then fire them. I'm very jaded against teachers, at least up in Ontario it seems anyone can get a teaching degree, settle in and not really work a day in there lives for the rest of it. If this is in the school curriculum then teachers should either have to adapt to the current standard or leave.

        I had horrible teachers growing up, they were under qualified, over religious and just plan morons. Most of the time I was teaching them and
    • Radio Shack was the place to go for this kind of stuff decades ago. I bought "Getting Started in Electronics" handbook (in Forrest M. Mims IIIrd's signature style), when I was a kid. Sure, Radio Shack was expensive for parts but I wasn't building much. A bag or two of resistors and capacitors, the resistor color code cardboard "slide rule", and a few ICs. Ooh and the small white breadboard. Radio Shack was the place I proudly bought my first floppy disc ever (not the drive, the actual disc) for my Commodore
      • by Murdoch5 (1563847)
        Glad you clearly missed the point then, the entire thing I'm getting at is moving this kind "lesson" into the school system. Digikey was around years ago to, that doesn't mean schooling helped you make use of it, We need to move electronics down into the grade school system along with programming, these are essential skills for anyone to pick up.
        • Well this video isn't being shown in schools so yeah, I missed your point... Kids don't exist just in schools. If anything, they exist far better out of school.
          • by Murdoch5 (1563847)
            But the schools need to making the push and getting kids active in to stuff, the school should start showing videos like this and start teaching relevant electronic's material, of course anything over the 1 hour of work the average teacher puts in a day would just kill them.
          • Oh come on. A school with one teacher who can intelligently teach electronics and programming is far ahead of one or two parents who know the stuff and take the time to teach their kids.

            Get out of the "hate the schools" mind set.
  • Just watched it and I do believe that this is great for kids 4 and older.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Celebrity names may come and go, but Ampere's name will always be current.

  • If Collin Cunnigham plays André-Marie AmpÃre, who will play Charles Coulomb?

  • Best thing since Bill Nye! Where can I donate some cash to the cause?

  • by Paleolibertarian (930578) on Wednesday April 03, 2013 @02:39PM (#43350465) Journal

    Amperes don't make electrons go. Voltage does that. Amperes is simply a measurement of the quantity of electrons flowing. I.E. 6.28 x 10^18 electrons past a certain point in one second = 1 Amp.

    She should have shown the PIE chart.

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