I’m very glad I grew up when I did, and very sad for the kids of today. We used to do all kinds of stuff that would be a one-way ticket to the criminal justice system now.
Across the street from my school, there was a park with a fire-pit and picnic area which we’d go to over lunch about once a week or so. We’d start a fire, then break out the home-made pyrotechnics we’d made. Smoke bombs, home-made black powder rockets/firecrackers. Hell, even cans of WD-40 thrown into the fire. We did this for about 2 months before anything happened. Then one day after the fire was lit, the principal and a fire truck rolled up. We got a good stern talking to about safety and that was that. We moved our pyro gatherings to remote locations after school and no one was arrested or even disciplined in any way.
The fact society has regressed to the point where taking a home-made electronic project to a school to show off is now cause for arrest makes me very sad. I hope any kids who want to explore and build won’t be put off doing that, but I fear stories like this will cause that to happen.