Here’s a chance for students to flex their mental muscles and have fun in the process. The 2003 Kid Inventor Challenge, sponsored by Wild Planet Toys, gives contestants a chance to have one of their own ideas turned into a real toy. To enter, students first must log onto the web site and download the entry form. Then, they send a drawing of their design and a description of the toy to the company, which selects the winners. One hundred winners will become Wild Planet toy consultants for one year-and one of the top 10 winners will earn the honor of having his or her idea turned into a real toy, collecting royalty checks for every unit sold for the life of the product. For teachers, the web site provides a two- to four-day curriculum intended to introduce students to the toy design process. The curriculum incorporates such skills as creative writing, problem solving, the scientific method, and more.

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