This fall, 16 high schools in California started experimental workshops, billed as a kind of “shop class for the 21st century,” that were financed by the federal government. And over the next three years, the $10 million program plans to expand to 1,000 high schools, modeled on the growing phenomenon of “hackerspaces” — community clubhouses where hackers gather to build, invent or take things apart in their spare time.
But the money has stirred some controversy. The financing for the schools program is one of several recent grants that theDefense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or Darpa, has made to build closer ties to hackers.
October 7, 2012
‘Hackspaces’ in NYC