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Author: Renegadecj Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 1625  
Subject: Engineering for kids Date: 9/27/2011 8:59 AM
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x posted from the building board http://boards.fool.com/ot-engineering-for-kids-29555531.aspx... and it was recommended to post here!

I have a 12 yr old nephew who is finding some love in the design world. He isn't into the actual building like I am, but prefers to design stuff. They just got done designing and building a bridge in school. His school really doesn't have anything to further this potential passion, and I was wondering if anyone knows of clubs/magazines/websites, etc to see if he really wants to go into this discipline. I've found a few for college age engineers, but nothing for the budding engineer.

Any ideas?
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Author: pauleckler Big funky green star, 20000 posts Top Favorite Fools Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 1544 of 1625
Subject: Re: Engineering for kids Date: 9/27/2011 3:56 PM
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Check out the First Robotics program in your area.

http://www.usfirst.org/

I volunteer for them. They are national. They have robots in three size ranges. The largest are lawnmower sized. The smallest are shoebox sized. And they have programs for all ages.

Teams of students design and build robots. They learn design, computer controls, mechanics, wiring, problem solving, teamwork, and they make it fun.

I have been volunteering as a robot inspector for 7 years. I highly recommend the program.

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Author: SvenHoek Big red star, 1000 posts Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 1545 of 1625
Subject: Re: Engineering for kids Date: 9/28/2011 3:39 PM
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Any ideas?

Try here:

http://pbskids.org/designsquad/parentseducators/index.html

The whole building/designing distinction throws me off a little. At his age I'm not sure how far you can really go without actually getting your hands dirty and building what you're designing. Plus, the perspective you gain from building is invaluable and only makes you a better designer. In my case it was my desire to build better things (and ability at math) that led me to engineering.

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