Hello, Cake! I've been lurking here for awhile getting the lay of the land a little and have really been enjoying the tone of this platform. I guess it's time to contribute back to the discussions a little.
To introduce myself, I'd like to pose a question that will help me in my job. I work as a middle school technology teacher in a small town in the midwest. I teach a class that's pretty wide open (in a curricular sense) for kids to explore whatever tech gets them fired up. We do some basic coding as well as 3D design and printing, and then we do some work with robotics, microcontrollers (arduino, raspberry pi, etc.), urban farming, airborne drones & underwater ROV's, and e-textiles. Last year we 3D printed a prosthetic for a local farmer, for example. We also do some old school lower tech stuff like basic home plumbing and electricity, soldering & circuits, sewing & embroidery. Essentially, after some introductory whole class stuff on coding and then 3D design, the kids get to start exploring their world via technology in whatever flavor they choose. I stress career & entrepreneurial outlets for much of what they do, but also emphasize the importance of doing fun stuff for fun's sake. My question to you folks, then, is this. What do you think kids should be learning about now to prepare them for the world of the future? I want them to start building a skillset in a thing now that will empower them to apply those skills into something life changing when they get an opportunity to do so. Thanks for your input. The kids and I are eager to hear what you might suggest.