Re: The future of manufacturing
@Ariella, this is one of the reasons that modern electronics make things a bit more difficult for curious young people: When I was young, television sets were filled with discrete components that could be removed, studied, and used for new projects. Now, it's much more difficult with electronics, which is why (I think) so many young folks are intrigued by motors, gears, and other things that can still be pulled from their family cast-offs.
I'm a huge fan of the "freedom to fail." Just because something doesn't work the way you hoped doesn't mean that the project is a failure -- it just means you learned a different lesson than you planned. And that's OK!