Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

National Toy Design Challenge

Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

National Toy Design Challenge

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Toys are a great way to learn about science, engineering, and the design process. That's why Sally Ride brought Hasbro, Sigma Xi (The Scientific Research Society), Smith College, and Sally Ride Science[TM] together to launch TOYchallenge[TM] in 2002. TOYchallenge is motivated by the lack of gender and ethnic diversity in the field of engineering, and is designed to engage kids in an engineering activity that is fun. As girls and boys create a toy or game, they experience engineering as a creative, collaborative process, benefiting from a diversity of perspectives, and relevant to everyday life.

To enter TOYchallenge 2005, interested students in Grades 5-8 must find a coach, form a team of between three and eight members-half of whom must be girls--and sign up by December 15, 2004. There is a $25 registration fee per team.

Teams choose from among several themed categories such as Build It!, Get Out and Play, or Remarkable Robots. Once a team signs up, they use the design process to create a toy or game to enter in the Preliminary Round. Entries consist of a written description and drawings of their creation and must be submitted by January 28, 2005. Teams will then be invited to participate in the West Coast or East Coast Nationals scheduled to be held at the San Diego Aerospace Museum and the Sigma Xi Center in Research Triangle Park, NC in the spring. …

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