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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Christmas is a great time for parents and kids to experience engineering with the inspiring cheerfulness of eating turkey, cakes, and looking at the fireplace while it's snowing outside. Offering the right gifts is a good way of bringing up the excitement that building artifacts can cause. While, of course, not all infants have the same thirst for scientific knowledge, for those which we find to have potential, the choice of technical gifts is not to be disregarded. While in my personal view, reminding myself as a toddler brings the memories of how vibrant and exciting it was to receive a chemistry kit, a microscope, an electronic device ready to be disassembled, etc, in the mind of a modern kid this might not be quite so satisfying. A Gormiti castle, a bunch of Ben Ten toys or any other sounding brands will certainly trigger more "processes" in a toddler's cognition.

A discussion about how today's television and toy industry affects children and youths is of little impact, but it is a fact that it is now in the hands of the parents and educators, to control the degree of exposure of their offspring to these elements, as the sole regulating factor seems to be profit generation alone.

Like with many other aspects of our world, let's hope some sense will grow out in the desert and guide those who deserve.

And of course Happy Holidays and fruitful engineering. Don't worry letting your kid become an engineer :)