Nature or Father

I have always defined myself as a person who has limitless enthusiasm towards making new things. I have wood carving sets, sewing machine, soldering machines, multimeters, wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers, hammers, so many tools at home. By the time I decided to get married, I ordered most of the things online and I assembled on my own (might have used a little help from my husband). I changed the lock, put together the faucets, renewed the plug sockets, installed the IKEA furniture… etc.

The genuine interest of mine stemmed from my father, I believe. During my whole childhood, I watched him polishing his own shoes, fixing our flush over and over, changing lamp sockets and placing my mom’s crystal chandeliers everytime we move to another city. Sometimes I observed and helped him. For me, maker lifestyle is equal to my father’s style without any question. He never hesitated to attemp fixing broken things and discovering how they work. So in a way, my enthusiasm was not my nature but an acquired characteristic.

In search of computational thinking I have come across with Seymour Papert; father of computational thinking, Marvin Minsky ; father of artificial intelligence and Uri Wilensky, father of NetLogo. Alas, I will never have a chance to meet the former two. Hope, I will have the honour to meet and work with Professor Wilensky.

Happy father’s day, all great fathers!!!


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