There is a great post on ArdunioFun.com showing a couple of kids using Ponoko cut parts and Arduino to make a cool little robot walker based on a design posted on Instructables. I have to admit I was a little blown away to see the age of the kids constructing the robot in the photos as at that age I was probably melting burger rings packets in the oven to make a keyring or something just as inane.
Imagine how empowered they must feel to be able to have access to electronics, laser cutters and a community sharing ideas freely online. Imagine what they will be doing with these tools in ten years time with their shared experiences and comfort with these tools of design and production..
Rock on Rachel and Drew.