50 things a geeky kid should have done before they turn 12

With the deepest of bows to this Geek Mom article, here’s my more Australian list of 50 things a geeky kid ought to do before turning 12 (an event only weeks away for my older son).

  • Tear something electronic apart
  • Build something fabulous with LEGO
  • Look at something under a microscope
  • Build a robot
  • Body surf
  • Learn to use a saw, hammer and screwdriver
  • Hold a live animal, especially of the kind they might eat later
  • Write a program
  • Do a practical joke
  • Attend a geeky event
  • Save up for something they really want
  • Go for a bush walk and carry their own stuff
  • Plant seeds and watch them grow
  • Look through a telescope
  • Watch a movie trilogy (you know the ones)
  • Create a lightsaber or magic wand from an old cardboard tube
  • Learn how to use a map
  • Stay up and really look at the stars (and ideally pick out the Southern Cross)
  • Read a trilogy
  • Organise a collection of something
  • Mix something cool with a chemistry set
  • Visit a science museum
  • Get covered in mud
  • Learn a magic trick
  • Mix Mentos with Coke
  • Snorkel with the fishes
  • Make a stop-motion animation
  • Build their own fort or cubby
  • Read a comic book
  • Learn to hold their fingers like Mr Spock
  • Watch an animated series (Batman, Last Airbender, etc)
  • Launch a model rocket (or rocket car)
  • Play a video game all the way to the end
  • Jump off something into the water
  • Build a model
  • Make a webpage using tags
  • Have a water fight
  • Sew a button
  • Make a fire and cook damper
  • Make a Rube Goldberg machine
  • Spend a night in a tent
  • Fly a kite
  • Make a paper airplane or newspaper boat
  • Cook a meal
  • Dam a creek
  • Visit an observatory
  • Build a go-cart
  • Learn about a significant Australian scientist
  • Invent something
  • Watch clouds go by for 15 minutes

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