Meccano Visionary Series - Steven Jobs & Steven Wozniak (Meccano)
Meccano Visionary Series - Steven Jobs & Steven Wozniak

Even in their early years, both Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, having inquisitive minds and a thirst for innovation, spent days tinkering with tools and toying with ideas that would ultimately lead to their big breakout successes. Jobs specifically spent his childhood watching his father craft anything from a cabinet to a fence, and would, of course, build his own creations and inventions using his own Meccano set, also known as Erector sets in other parts of the world.

In fact, Ben Varadi, the EVP, and chief creative officer of Meccano stated that "Steve Jobs said that his Meccano set influenced his whole career, getting him excited about all the possibilities of what you can build."

'Possibilities' seem to be the keyword for various Meccano sets, as they can range from something simpler like various automobiles aimed at a younger crowd with Meccano Juniors, or even something that would undoubtedly be right up both Jobs' and Wozniak's alley: The Meccanoid robot you can completely build yourself.

Jobs and Wozniak eventually befriended one another in 1971 and eventually worked together at Atari on circuit boards for popular arcade games like Breakout. In 1976, they formed Apple Computer.

Wozniak ended up being the vice president in charge of research and development at Apple, going on to design the Apple I, the first commercially available microcomputer, and eventually the much-improved Apple II, the first computer that displayed color graphics. The Apple II became one the first highly successful mass-produced personal computer.

Of course, both Jobs and Wozniak went on to be extremely successful in their own ways. And even though the world lost an innovator when Steve Jobs died in 2011, his legacy continues and still influences the future of Apple products we see coming out on a yearly basis. And to think it all started when they were just young kids, challenging their minds by creating various inventions using their Meccano sets.

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  • SarahT-del
    10/16/2017 - 05:40 p.m.

    Who: Steven Jobs and Wozniak both had thirst in innovation.
    What: They were heads of Apple, in charge of research and development
    Where: Apple
    When: In 1971 they had became friends and in 1976 launched the first Apple product: the Apple computer.
    Why: The Meccano set was the reason Steven Jobs have gotten all excited abut the possibilities you could build.
    How: Meccano sets inspired Steven Jobs by all the pieces that range from various automobiles to a robot build by yourself .

  • PoojaT-del
    10/16/2017 - 06:03 p.m.

    I think this is a very interesting article. Even in their early years, both Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, having inquisitive minds and a thirst for innovation, spent days tinkering with tools and toying with ideas that would ultimately lead to their big breakout successes. It is just amazing to see what great things people can accomplish when they set their minds to it.

  • EmilyN-del1
    10/16/2017 - 06:11 p.m.

    Who- Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak
    What-Jobs and Wozniak both use Meccano sets to challenge their mind.
    When-Early years and childhood
    Where-Where they lived where they were younger
    Why- To challenge their mind so they soon would go and do great things.

  • AkshayB-del
    10/16/2017 - 06:26 p.m.

    Overall the article was interesting and well written. The story talks about the genius Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak about there first Meccano set, how they used it to be successful to practice other things, and encouraging younger people to use it to be more engineering or creative. I think the meccano set is good because it can encourage young minds to move with the technology.

  • OlivierJ-del
    10/16/2017 - 07:17 p.m.

    Many new inventors could take the example of Steve Jobs And Steven Wozniak. They can try harder and get more done

  • JasminderK-del
    10/16/2017 - 08:05 p.m.

    I think it is great that companies are making DIY toys / robots to teach kids what it’s like to be an “inventor”.

  • JaredI-del
    10/16/2017 - 08:18 p.m.

    So many inventions can happen when two brilliant minds are together

  • AngelinaB-del
    10/16/2017 - 09:05 p.m.

    This story is about the extraordinary minds of famous innovators such as Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. The story tells the reader all about the famous inventions of these two innovators and how these inventions were created. Jobs and Wozniak were just kids when they were first inventing things. They were both very creative from the start.Over the years, Jobs and Wozniak created an everyday use, The Apple Computer. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak have had a very large impact on our lives. If they had not been creative with their Meccano sets then we would've never had the famous Apple Computer.

  • TiffanyW-del
    10/16/2017 - 09:45 p.m.

    Where- mecanno office
    When- late 1900s
    What- formed Apple computer
    Who- Steve jobs ans wozniak
    Why- to make another version of the computer
    How- working with others to make another computer

  • GiannaC-del
    10/16/2017 - 09:45 p.m.

    Who: Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak
    What: They both had great childhoods filled with building with their dads and spreading their knowledge to their futures of building computers, more specifically for their founded company, Apple.
    When: Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak worked together around the years of 1971-1976 (Apple was founded in 1976)
    Where: All of their knowledge was learned at the beginning stages of their life, at home with their fathers. Throughout their life, they continued to work in their offices at Meccano and Apple.
    Why: Both Jobs and Wozniak continue to set a goal and inspiration for our current builders and creators. After passing away, Jobs has still left a legacy for us to follow every year and allows us to have advances in our technology, especially in all Apple products.