Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, Jendust! I think that this all comes to down being intentional about what we are teaching. If the intention is to develop artistic or technical skills to a high degree in a specific area, there is immense value in that. I think that where we run into trouble is when we have folks who are using media and forms of making for other purposes. I think that there is great value in demonstrating learning or communicating through a medium that is not a traditional essay or more recently a slide presentation of some kind. There is also great value in using the making of something as a vehicle to learn. But there has to be intentionality in that process. We have to give room for less than masterfully skilled making if the communication or learning is happening anyway. We have to give time for students to build making skills in order to be able to learn and communicate in this way. But we have to know why we are doing what we are doing and what kinds of results we are expecting to see. My fear is that many of these kits or “canned products,” as you call them serve the simple purpose of building the kit with little or no thought beyond the making of the kit (or worse, selling the kit.)