This program was a smash! I called it "Take It Apart on Tuesday @ Friday" (sometimes the name of our library is fun to play with : ). Based on an idea I heard at WLA from Terry Ehle, I invited kids ages 8-12 to come in and have at it with screwdrivers and various non-working machines. We had an old computer, a broken Guitar Hero guitar, a typewriter, and several other broken things. The kids had so much fun as we talked, looked on in amazement as typewriter keys flew into the air, and mysteries were uncovered. Providing some eye protection and plenty of adult supervision is a good idea.
Next month we will be building robots with our "spare parts".