[This is part of the Femme Den series from Smart Design. To read the introduction to the series, go here.]
Most designers and engineers have childhood stories about fantastic Lego creations or amazing home-built projects that hinted at their early propensity toward design. For me, my nascent interest in mechanics manifested itself in my Matchbox car collection. One day, a neighbor's mother saw me with my miniature parking lot and cried, "Cars are for boys! Those aren't for you!"
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