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BADM: Small Children Playing With Lasers

July 28, 2016
By Daniel Fleissig

Chris Berdik of the Hechinger Report wrote a great piece on the Bay Area Discovery Museum and their new Early Childhood Fab Lab (reminder: we're sponsors of the program):

The red beam precisely followed a squiggly building design that Jack had just finger-drawn on a tablet computer. Jack’s goal was to make a building that could stand up to the wind of a nearby table fan.

With his cardboard cut, Jack hurried to the assembly area where about two dozen other kids his age labored over teetering, but well-taped, creations. If these first attempts toppled in the breeze, that was to be expected. In fact, back-to-the-drawing-board was kind of the point.

The kids were learning the cycle of design, prototype, test and redesign that’s a hallmark of engineering.

The entire article is a great read, and it lays out the case for programs like this and their ability to get kids interested in STEM topics as early in their lives as possible. That's a case we can get behind.