Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. Einstein
I believe it is everyone's birthright to joyfully learn and explore creativity. That is what I hope for the world. It isn't that creativity is "nice" or "cool". Creativity is essential to human existence. There are infinite ways to express it, but without expressing it, we slowly die inside. Limiting creativity limits human existence. Opening up and allowing the free flow of ideas allows our species to joyfully harmonize with others and our surroundings.
In contrast, the existing school system was based on colonialism and empire building. A duplication of efforts could be carried out from the root of empire and around the globe to its furthermost reaches. This was accomplished by systematically training all empire subjects to perform the basic functions required to receive communications, carry out orders, and compute profits. You could say that we are products of the first global biological computer program.
The Arduino is a small electronic board that has a programmable microprocessor. This little board comes in many flavors, but basically allows you to interface with the real world by reading sensors as inputs and controlling things with outputs. Many hobbyist and professionals around the world use this board, along with appropriate electronics, to make, repair, and test complex electronic systems. Learning to use and program the Arduino has many advantages such as learning to program microprocessors, repairing other electronic devices, and creating new devices used for interacting and controlling things in real-world systems.
The Arduino is an open-sourced project started in 2005. Since the first revision, many flavors have been created, including versions from many third-party manufacturers. This means that options have increased while prices have fallen. Originally, it was created to be what is called a “dev board”, or developer board. The cost and ease of programming allowed it to dominate the hobby space. It took off in many ways. Even some of the first open-source 3D printer projects used Arduinos. It opened the door for the electronics novice to jump from simple circuit designs into the world of digital microprocessors. Thanks to the Arduino, millions of people around the world have learned about interfacing with and programming microprocessors.