haha ... yes, i dont know why but i find them fascinating as well .. in the SF Bay area we used to have a shop that everyone went nearby for spare parts .. it closed shortly after i moved there .. but it was pretty awesome .. imagine a junkyeard of parts from 50 years of business, piled 30 feet high ... well, the poor guy who ran the place had to shutdown due to lack of funds, but i made it out of there with new packaged tubes from the 60s or whenever it was when they made those things .. RCA, others .. little cardboard boxes individually boxed ... sooo cool !! i have them in my collection that includes a polaroid from the 50s, a REAL telegraph, old calculators, and other "nerdy" stuff that i love .... :)
I also have a few boxes of old vacuum tubes, tube manuals, old service manuals for repairing some of the old tube stuff (certainly was a lot less complicated back then), and even an old vacuum tube tester. Just can't seem to part with these things.
My future electronics career began by taking apart everything that stopped working (and even some things that didn't) in our house. The great old tube TVs, radios, portable "transistor radios" taught me a lot. And on the rare occasion where I could actually "fix" something, I couldn't wait to show everyone I knew...
Visited Japan about 4 years ago. Went to Akihabara and had a great time. Visited a Japanese Floating Fair (on board a ship-The Sakura Maru, when it docked in Bombay) as a kid in India, and was simply fascinated by all the technology. Saw my face on CCTV for the first time. Built Heathkits in India.
My experience with school students make me think and write below my opinion about both the above said ,in the article and the comments. Children are quite different individually. Even as a group we observe them they are different. About 1 to 3 % of children are curious enough to follow their parents profession when induced by their parents in their childhood.Rest of them even tried they do not come in line. later they find their own way of doing things. This is because of father mother characteristics getting embedded in to their children in different ratios for every kind of living situations in their whole life time.So parents can easily identify their children and set a good path for their future. The visits to the variety of places and monitoring the child's emotions at various places ,the parents will be able too identify the ward's interest and capacity.
I can't even keep myself from popping my car's hood and I'm not a mechanic. I don't think my kids could survive my house without knowing something about what goes on inside a computer - both inside the hardware and the software.