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Weekend Watch: Meet 8 Year Old Maker Purple Oranji

We have profiled some amazing young makers in our Weekend Watch column, but today’s budding YouTube star, Purple Oranji is the youngest yet. At 8 years old, Purple is already proficient at soldering, basic electronics, and other impressive maker skills. On her channel, among other things, she translates her love of Harry Potter into projects (see below), she monkeys around with various Arduino projects and LED lights, and even builds her own Star WarsCircuit Playground series, I’ve often wondered what kids would be like growing up immersed in all of this. In Purple Oranji, I think we’re looking at the answer.

Here is a sampling of Purple’s videos. If you have a hard time understanding her rapid speaking style, turn on the Closed Captioning.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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