"All this crap, had to actually break open the connector to get out some metal bracket that was bridging tons of pins -- why was that even there? Also, took me ages to find out what pins belong to what cables."
And what's wrong with 2009? (grin) The builder was all of 15 when this was done! Construction like this takes experience that's usually not so much learning by doing, but by UNDOING, at least it has been for me (especially learning to work on my Jeep).
Learning to solder and wiring a breadbaord are common skills needed by every generation. Programming has begun with "Hello world" since before Kernigan and Richie, and it's still there. Us with years or decades of experience need to encourage beginners to experiment and celebrate legitimate successes. Besides, who hasn't had days when keeping the smoke in the parts, let alone making LED's blink is a good day?.