Toys are a great way to learn about science, engineering and the design process. Sally Ride Science is giving students in grades five through eight the chance to step out of their classrooms and develop their engineering and design skills by creating their dream toy for the fifth annual TOYchallenge. The mission of this toy- and game-design competition is to motivate kids, especially girls, to get involved in engineering design. TOYchallenge 2007 will launch in the fall of 2006. To get started, teams must: find an adult coach (18 years of age, or older) and sign up this fall; then choose from themed-toy categories like “Games for the Family” or “Get out and Play” and start brainstorming. Both boys and girls in grades five through eight may participate, but at least half of the members of each team must be girls. All submissions will be judged on originality, creativity, engineering elegance, feasibility, design process description, team participation and clarity of communication.

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