The Rise, Fall, and Rise of Electronics Kits is an interesting article mentions that many older engineers first became interested in electronics through hobbies in their youth—assembling kits, participating in amateur radio, or engaging in other experiments. The 1970s and 1980s were great times for electronics hobbyists. But whenever it seems that there’s nothing left for the hobbyist, a new motif arises. In 2006 Eben Upton, at the University of Cambridge, lamented that in recent years new students had very little hands-on experience with electronics. So he started the project that led to the Raspberry Pi computer.