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With Growth Of ‘Hacker Scouting,’ More Kids Learn To Tinker

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Kids build robots with Popsicle sticks at an Oakland meeting of Hacker Scouts, a group that encourages young people to create do-it-yourself crafts and electronics. Kids build robots with Popsicle sticks at an Oakland meeting of Hacker Scouts, a group that encourages young people to create do-it-yourself crafts and electronics. Jon Kalish for NPR Countless kids have grown up with the Girl Scouts, the Boy Scouts or Campfire Girls, but for some families, the uniforms and outdoor focus of traditional Scouting groups don’t appeal. In recent months, Scoutlike groups that concentrate on technology and do-it-yourself projects have been sprouting up around the country. They’re coed and, like traditional Scouting organizations, award patches to kids who master skills. Ace Monster Toys is a hacker space in Oakland, Calif. , where members share high-tech tools. Normally, grown-ups congregate there, working on electronics or woodworking projects.

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Grace McFadden

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0.295267 “Right now, I really like making paper airplanes and origami,” McFadden says. …
0.295267 “Right now, I really like making paper airplanes and origami,” McFadden says. “I have a whole fleet of paper airplanes.”
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Alicia Davis

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-0.335454 “I’ve been sewing on little felt pieces with this,” Davis explains. …
-0.130633 “I’ve been sewing on little felt pieces with this,” Davis explains. “The battery will power the LEDs and light up. It’s pretty cool.”
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0.121401 “We hope that people’s smartphones are eventually the Swiss army knife of our movement,” Saxon says. …
0.0542689 “We hope that people’s smartphones are eventually the Swiss army knife of our movement,” Saxon says. “And that you go out into the woods … point your phone at a tree and peel it open [to] learn about the wood underneath.”
0.258817 Saxon also plans to offer visual guides and “amazing experiences on the fly through these powerful handheld computers,” …
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Chris Cook

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0.0907171 “It’s old enough where they’re ready to start developing skills, [but] they’re not so old that they’ve already been set in their ways,” Cook says,
0.0907171 “It’s old enough where they’re ready to start developing skills, [but] they’re not so old that they’ve already been set in their ways,” Cook says, “and they’re more interested in what their peer groups are doing.”
0.133674 “So, we felt it’s the right kind of time to expose them to how to craft with their hands — how to take things from a computer and put them into the physical world,” Cook says. …
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Adafruit

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0.0888285 “learn to solder,” “aerial quadcopter” and “high-altitude balloon” badges to the “Dumpster-diving” badge — “for when you get dirty but get some free stuff,” explains Adafruit …
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With the rise of the do-it-yourself movement, more groups are springing up to encourage kids to link crafts and science. Modeled on more traditional Scouting groups, kids and their parents meet up in tool-filled “hacker spaces” to build electronics and get creative.

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