Another encouraging article about great skills teens are building playing video games:
How Videogames Blind Us With Science
At one point, Steinkuehler met up with one of the kids who'd built the Excel model to crack the boss. "Do you realize that what you're doing is the essence of science?" she asked.
He smiled at her. "Dude, I'm not doing science," he replied. "I'm just cheating the game!"
Of course if they realized that their "cheating" was actually the scientific method, it might not seem half as fun ;)