This is an awesome idea!
Some photos from one that Julian and his kids attended: https://vanhack.ca/wp/2013/06/27/photos-from-toymageddon-toy-hacking-night/ - the glowing mushroom creation & tracked vehicle base are their creations.
Some ideas and reference:
- Toymageddon series that VHS put on: http://vanhack.ca/wp/?s=toy+hacking&submit=Go
- Toy Hacking event at YuKonstruct: https://yukonstruct.com/2017/12/01/toy-hacking-makerspace/
- Circuit bending guide (referenced from one of the VGS event posts): http://conceptlab.com/circuitbending/
Maybe we should do this as a regular series of events, starting simple, and building both mentors/parents comfort as well as the kids
The Circuit bending guide has some really good suggestions re what kinds of toys to look for.
Thoughts After 1st ToyHack in December 2018
- consider allowing adults
- create a set of “tool boxes”, one for each table
- common screwdrivers
- wire snips
- “flag” (eg bright color, ribbon, …?) on shared, less common tools, such as Torx “security” drivers