'Reuseum' in Boise spurs kids' passion for technology

BOISE - Watching a toothbrush-bristle robot skitter across the table, John Schiff grins and laughs with a childlike fascination.

Schiff says he hopes to instill that same enthusiasm in others at the Boise-based used electronics store and education center he founded - dubbed the "Reuseum."

The name combines "reuse" and "museum," highlighting both the recycling and educational purposes of the organization.

Tarrah Elam from Riverstone International School in Boise says the organization fosters problem-solving and innovation through its classes.

Schiff says opportunities to tinker with electronics, like the organization's "deconstruction lab," are essential to sparking kids' interest in science and technology.

The Reuseum also sells used electronics and parts. If the devices can't be salvaged, they dispose of them in an environmentally safe way.


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