Ideas evolve into machines, but their genesis is on paper. One student who comes to the weekly after-school MakerSpace received a leather bound notebook with a nice pen for Christmas. As a teacher, I was thrilled to see the notebook already filling up with drawings that expressed in detail how this student's ideas are evolving over just a couple of weeks. Every engineer I know keeps notebooks capturing ideas for future projects, and they hang on to every notebook they have filled. It is interesting that every writer and artist I know also keeps notebooks to capture and evolve ideas on paper. An engineer's notebook, an artist's notebook or a writer's notebook - it is remarkable how universal this tool of the imagination is among people who shape our world. Leonardo's notebooks, Einstein's notebooks, Steinbeck's notebooks. They changed the past. A child's notebook will change our future.
The message this parent was sending by buying this notebook for their student was clear: "Your ideas are valuable and deserve a nice place to live and evolve. Take pride in your ideas and spend time developing them"