We call our 12-year-old son the Lego Savant, and he has loved his Lego well. But there are no sets that challenge him anymore that cost less than $400, and he's a little bored with his MOCs as well (My Own Creations). He can build with just about anything, making interesting things out of whatever is at hand, like all the forks at the table in a restaurant. He is talented at imagining things in three dimensions, at mechanisms, and at structures. As he ages out of Lego, I'm wondering what would be good, creative things to move on to. He loves to build so much that he sometimes feels he "has to build" and gets restless if he doesn't have a project, but Lego just isn't doing it for him anymore.
We have Mindstorms, and he is interested in that. He recently really enjoyed building a self-supporting arch bridge
, and we are working on a DaVinci ornithopter
, and he has really enjoyed those. He is very interested in structures--bridges, towers, buildings--and studied them last year in homeschool. He enjoyed a clay class we took at a local art studio.
Ideas might include good kits, project books, how-to website, hobbies and crafts I'm not familiar with (assume I've heard of model airplanes and not much else). Almost anything hands-on and three-dimensional would be worth mentioning; if he can work on it independently or without having to take a class that would be great.