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    The Girl, the Internet, and the Pontiac Fiero

    Pay attention Dads and Moms.

    "Dearborn, Michigan (CNN) -- A couple years ago, Jerry DiMaria signed up for an online forum and started a new thread: "A few months ago," he wrote, "our 12 year old DAUGHTER came in and said, 'Dad, Mom, can we talk for a minute?'"

    Kathryn had a proposition for them: She wanted to build a car, a Pontiac Fiero."

    http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/24/tech/g...?iref=obinsite
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    Cool story!
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    Way to go, Kathryn!
    Who knows. Maybe she'll buy an old BMW bike next. Paul could be her mentor.
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    I had a Fiero with a V6, I was a fun little car, sold it before it became a maintenance nightmare.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Squarehead View Post
    I had a Fiero with a V6, I was a fun little car, sold it before it became a maintenance nightmare.
    You need an adolescent daughter to handle that part of it for you.
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    I love seeing stories like this! Our 23 year old daughter became a fully licensed Automotive Service Technician in August. Although it's not what we expected she'd be doing, we're behind her 100% and couldn't be more proud of her!

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    Great story, too many kids just playing video games and burying their noses in their cell phones. She will be 20 steps ahead in Engineering school, and a desirable hire when graduated, because of the understanding of interaction and REAL things, not just the math part.
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    Yes, there's night/day difference between being a mechanic and an engineer and I'd too hope she goes to school.

    Related: http://m.theatlantic.com/technology/...eering/262373/
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    Quote Originally Posted by lkchris View Post
    Yes, there's night/day difference between being a mechanic and an engineer and I'd too hope she goes to school.

    Related: http://m.theatlantic.com/technology/...eering/262373/
    Well as a life long mechanic/troubleshooter, and someone that earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering at the ripe young age of 44, I don't completely agree with the night/day comment.

    There are a LOT of shared skills, the most important is the curiosity to find solutions, the understanding of how things work, the desire to improve things, and the connection between systems, and how one effects the other. Both are the foundation of a good tech and ME, IMHO.

    A degree opens doors, it does not necessarily change a thought process.
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    Great story, thanks for sharing. I see they referenced the Tyler Shipman story in that article as well. This story is not only about a young lady's dreams and efforts, but also how the online community can really support someone. Many of us have experienced that right here, from these very forums, or other forums we may frequent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pffog View Post
    She will be 20 steps ahead in Engineering school, and a desirable hire when graduated, because of the understanding of interaction and REAL things, not just the math part.
    I wouldn't go too far with that line of thinking. In most research universities, the ability to turn a wrench or solder a connection is a quaint thing that the strange students do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 36654 View Post
    I wouldn't go too far with that line of thinking. In most research universities, the ability to turn a wrench or solder a connection is a quaint thing that the strange students do.
    Which is sad, and should serve as an indictment of the attitudes at those universities.
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    This thread reminds me of an interesting book some of you may want to read. Shop class as soulcraft : an inquiry into the value of work by Matthew B. Crawford
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    Quote Originally Posted by walterK75 View Post
    This thread reminds me of an interesting book some of you may want to read. Shop class as soulcraft : an inquiry into the value of work by Matthew B. Crawford
    Similar to "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance?"
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    I just saw the fiero on the CNN website, and have been reading the thread. Nice to see its made its way over here. I remember an old girlfriend had a fiero. I always wanted to find a nice gt.

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