Why MicroHackers?

“The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” - Albert Einstein.

“Why Daddy?”

‘Because we always brush our teeth before bed.’

“Why Daddy?”

‘To stop our teeth falling out.’

“Why Daddy?”

‘Because we need our teeth.’

“Why Daddy?…”

Mr Einstein was a clever chap. If he thought it important that my kids continually fire questions at me, who am I to disagree?

‘Look, it’s bed time now.’

“Why Daddy?”

‘Because it’s late… Sweet dreams.’

If no one actually teaches children the ‘infinite why loop’, how do they learn it?

Kids don’t need encouragement to ask questions, they’re absolutely full of them. It’s wonderful. The only trouble, questions require answers.

And what is a good answer?

This is something I’ve struggled with for some time. Good quality answers are difficult. How do I avoid introducing my own preconceptions or bias?  In good faith, what inaccuracies do I inadvertently teach my children?

“Spherical? No my boy, the Earth isn’t spherical. It’s perfectly flat.”

“The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.” - Albert Einstein

Right there, in that small quote, Mr Einstein provides both observation and answer.

He was a clever chap.

Don’t give your children answers, show them how to learn.

“Daddy how do robots work?”

‘I tell you what, lets have a go at making one shall we.’

Wouldn’t it be great if there was somewhere you could take your children, that had high tech equipment, tools, and lots of materials.

A place where questions were encouraged, mistakes expected, and solutions discovered.

A place that gave your child an opportunity to learn about science, technology, engineering, art, and maths by making things.

A place for you and your child to unleash your imagination.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” - Albert Einstein.

Well said Mr Einstein.

So, Why MicroHackers?

Come along and we’ll show you.


Written by:

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Mike Harrison

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