Can your 10-year old be the next Steve Jobs?
One of the best ideas that Steve Jobs made popular was the importance of merging technology with liberal arts. “Technology alone is not enough. It’s technology married with the liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our hearts sing,” he said.I’ve always found that to be the case with 3D printing. Even the most basic model that a designer creates using 3D software can be tweaked to give it an expression of something deeply personal. At the Family 3D Printing workshop I conducted over the weekend in Hong Kong, a 10-year old boy, who actually picked up learning the software faster than any adult there, asked me a question which made me remember Job’s tech/arts idea.It was towards the end of the workshop. While the rest of the class was still working on the last of the assigned projects, Troy, who had already finished, began working on a project of his own when he asked me, “Am I doing this right?”I’m probably taking some liberties with Jobs’ idea, but I replied, “It’s your model and you just learned some basic tools. You can do whatever you want!” My intention was just to tell him to free up his artistic side and have fun.For the next two hours, Troy Chan, bombarded me with dozens of questions about the software!I actually didn’t mind and, in fact, I was very happy to answer his every question. I know his mom from my past life as a banker, so all this happened over lunch with Angel and her three boys.Troy has a passion for tech that I’ve rarely seen. After the workshop already ended, he started to draft a very ambitious rocket ship, which he just continued to work on through lunch. Then he began and completed a Minecraft sword/keychain with his name on it. When I left, I think he was working on a soccer ball.There’s no doubt Troy has innate talent for 3D modeling. Could he be the next Steve Jobs? Of course, there’s no way to answer that question now; he’s only 10! But in addition to his modeling skills, there’s clearly a passion in Troy that will serve him well.