[LCA2015-Chat] RFC Parenting Miniconf at lca2016

Sven Dowideit SvenDowideit at home.org.au
Sun Jan 18 22:30:12 AEDT 2015

I'm pretty much committed to helping making this happen for lca2016 (as
a practice for a future LCA which is held during school holidays :))

As something to remember for when the time comes:

I brought home 2 Brain-box electronic car kits

We'd given them (two 5 year old girls) the more general kit for xmas,
and so they'd had a pretty good introduction to assembly and debugging (
one burn finger, and one blown light bulb are remarkably educational ),
so they both just put together the circuit they wanted, debugged it, and
were able to tell use about what they were doing.

These kits are a lot more successful than either of us expected - and
the major draw card has been anything that involves the fan/propeller -
The bulb and sounds were interesting, and gave us opportunities to tell
them things, but nothing seems to beat moving parts :)


On 18/01/15 10:11, Fraser Tweedale wrote:
> On Sat, Jan 17, 2015 at 08:44:41AM +1000, Jared Ring wrote:
>> Calling all parents, educators and other interested parties!
>> If a group of free and open technology enthusiasts went to playgroup, what
>> would they talk about? What would the kids be playing with and doing?
>> I'd like to put forward the idea of doing a "Geek Parenting" Mininconf at
>> next year's LCA. I'm putting the concept to the community at large to help
>> define the scope and ideals of the day in preparation for putting in a
>> submission when the CFP opens.
>> I'm interested in ways to encourage an interest in technology for my
>> children as they grow up. I'm looking for other like minded people to share
>> ideas on what they do with their kids, what works and what doesnt.
>> Like Bdale (I think) said in Friday's keynote, in the 80s there were books
>> in the library you could borrow that contained BASIC code to be typed into
>> your C64 for fun. Hands up how many people got the bug that way? Well, what
>> is the 21st century equivalent.
>> I have been thinking about this idea for awhile and comments Bdale made
>> along with Thomas Sprinkmeier's talk on training your minions yesterday
>> gave me the extra enthusiasm to get the ball rolling.
>> As an aside, how awesome would it be that at a future LCA, one of the
>> tracks in the open hardware miniconf was aimed at kids? And our kids went
>> to that as part of the partners program for that day?
>> -- 
>> Cheers
>> Jared
> +1 This would be a great miniconf topic!
> Fraser
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