I bought my six-year-old daughter a Black & Decker LI3100 Compact Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Screwdriver. I tell her it's critical for defending our Tampa, Florida neighborhood against the coming zombie apocalypse.
Credit Rob van Nood and his design-thinking-heavy Tinker Camp in Portland, Oregon, for the zombie angle. It's a brilliant mechanism for adding urgency and creative play to a curriculum straight out of the maker movement. My kids (ages six, four, and one) can't seem to get enough. They contemplate our house's vulnerabilities and imagine tactics that zombies might use to break the perimeter. They take seriously their obligation to protect our family.
The Tinker Camp approach is perfectly emblematic of the convention-overturning strategies that ...more