Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Calling All Inventors!

Who likes playing with toys? (Come on, admit it!) Wouldn't it be cool if you invented your own toy? This fall TOYchallenge will be holding it's national (District of Columbia and Canada included) competition where kids from 5th to 8th grade use engineering, design and science to create a new toy or game. You do have to work in a team of 3 to 6 members (50% have to be girls. Very good rule...) and there has to be a team leader over the age of 18. Other than that, your imagination is the limit to what you can create. All the information, like rules and timelines, can be found on their website.

The cool part about this competition? The program is founded by Sally Ride Science. Sally Ride was the first American women in space when she went up with the Challenger STS-7 back in 1983. She is now an advocate for improving science education and getting girls engaged in science. Her website has some awesome resources for any girl interested in space, invention and science. It also has links for science camps and other programs besides the TOYchallenge. Check it out!

Peace, friends.

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