DIY: A community of kids who make

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My daughter signed up for this new app and website called DIY, which was made for kids to share photos of their projects. The design and interface is beautiful. (Here's her portfolio.)

Our ambition is for DIY to be the first app and online community in every kid’s life. It’s what we wish we had when we were young, and what we’ll give to our kids. Today we’re releasing a tool to let kids collect everything they make as they grow up.

We’ve all seen how kids can be like little MacGyvers. They’re able to take anything apart, recycle what you’ve thrown away – or if they’re Caine, build their own cardboard arcade. This is play, but it’s also creativity and it’s a valuable skill. Our idea is to encourage it by giving kids a place online to show it off, so family, friends and grandparents can see it and easily respond. Recognition makes a kid feel great, and motivates them to keep going. We want them to keep making, and by doing so learn new skills, use technology constructively, begin a lifelong adventure of curiosity, and hopefully spend time offline, too.

DIY: A community of kids who make

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  1. “Our ambition is for DIY to be the first app and online community in every kid’s life. It’s what we wish we had when we were young, and what we’ll give to our kids. Today we’re releasing a tool to let kids collect everything they make as they grow up.”

    I think this is dead wrong, and I really wish companies did NOT form with this attitude. “We want everyone to use our product” is the mentality of a cancer. It does not matter what your product is, or how great you believe it to be, I NEVER want anyone to use, read, or worship anything you (or I) produce. Diversity is the health of life, and especially of young minds. How about:
    “Our ambition is to make a great product that kids will love to use, that will teach them something about how to make things themselves.”

    But, of course, no phone app is ever going to match the creativity a kid can achieve with a blank sheet of paper and some crayon, anyway.

    Also, there is something pretty messed up about the desire to immediately plug children into the binary reward matrix of the Internet, or the “social network”, before they are even socialized yet. Not to MENTION imprinting them with the notion that everything they do will and should be permanently recorded in virtual space.

  2. Not a fan of the fact that the FAQ’s and Terms & Conditions are written for parents.  There should be kids versions of both.

  3. When I was a kid in southern California in the ’60s the cool thing to make was Popsicle stick and rubber band switchblades, and Popsicle stick throwing stars that exploded on impact. Then one day my friends and I got sent to the principal’s office for wrapping yarn around straight pins so we could shoot them out of drinking straws like blowgun darts. My son got sent to the principal’s office for making a tiny bow from a bent paperclip and a rubber band.

    I wonder if the schools have permanent records of our creativity.

  4. So, I suppose the kids can also download the source code of the app and DIY it to their heart’s content? If not, I suppose the concept seem  a little self-contradictory.

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