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Calling All Kid Inventors: First Lego League Wants You!

FirstLego® League (FLL®) is calling for all young inventors between the ages of 9 and 16 (9 and 14 years old in the U.S. and Canada) to compete for the New Global Innovation Award presented by the X Prize Foundation.  Kid teams will compete for the opportunity to win a cash reward of $20,000 that would go towards patent and development costs for their new invention.

WobBally Tower Takes Balancing Balls To New Heights

The name of the game is WobBally, and the object is to not be the one that sends the balls tumbling to the table.

Tasty Science - Edible Education For Budding Scientists

Science kits are a dime a dozen, but Tasty Science stands tongue and buds above the rest – help kids learn about science, then eat an experiment or two. Yum!

Quantum Big Screen Microscope Brings Great Fun To Small Things

The Quantum Big Screen Microscope from Learning Resources helps kids enjoy the craziness of tiny nature while also learning a great deal in the process.

Laparoscopic Feedback Instrument Helps Surgeons Thread The Needle

Delft Unveristy professor finds a way to give surgeons tangible feedback during delicate Laparoscopic procedures.

China's Confucius Institute Spreads Chinese Culture Around The World

Soft power, hard sell: The non-profit Confucius Institute has been promoting China's language, culture and society to people and nations the world over since 2004. Nearly 500 CI's are now open in almost 100 countries and plans are afoot to establish 1,000 Confucius Institutes by 2020.

Oblo Puzzle Sphere Takes Thinking To The Third Dimension

The Oblo Puzzle Sphere is a three-dimensional way to teach kids about hand-eye coordination, motor skills and an appreciation for this crazy multi-dimensional world we live in.

Snap Circuits Junior Electrifies With Simple Fun

From Elenco comes the Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100, a great way for kids age 8-12 to learn about electricity without a shocking price tag.

Biotic Video Games Bring Life To The Small Screen

At Standford University, Assistant Professor Ingmar Riedel-Kruse and his team are developing ways to take real micro-organisms and make them part of video games.

Artz Koffer From Haba – If You’re Thinking “Geshundtiet” You’re Not Far Off

Kids love to play doctor, and European toy maker Haba has created an easier-than-ever way for little ones to make house calls: the Artz Koffer.


Simple Fun - The Shape, Model And Mold Makes It Right

From high-quality toy-makers Melissa and Doug comes the Shape, Model and Mold - a hands-on way for kids to learn about shapes and create just about anything they want.

Bringing Your Inventions to Market in 2011!

Today I'd like to discuss the topic of Taking Action and bringing your inventions to market in 2011! I have been in contact with many inventors over the last year and it has been a wonderful experience.  However, I've noticed patterns in that many of you start moving toward your goals of bringing your inventions to market, and then somehow get stuck along the way.

Squawk-Activated Computer Games For Parrots: Robots Provide Treats

Nothing surprises me about parrots.  They are the most uncanny, confounded creatures that ever brought endless joy, humor, and destruction to a home.  Very smart, very demanding, and very active, you need to keep them very busy, or they find a way to keep themselves busy... You want to avoid the latter.

Big Dig Ride On Digger Straigtens Out The Sandbox

From Reeves International comes the Big Dig ride-on crane, perfect for budding young construction foremen and women and a ton of fun to boot!

'Social Media First' When Facebook Goes Live With Congressional Changing Of The Guard

Incoming House Speaker John Boehner wants his swearing in to catch Facebook fever. Not content to be picked up by just the traditional mediums of TV and radio, Boehner wants to earn some techie cred by being the first Speaker of the House to go "live" on the popular social media Web site covering his first day's floor proceedings and his initial speech as Speaker.