San Diego, Calif. — 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 sixth
annual TOYchallenge?.

The mission of this fun-fueled toy- and game-design competition is to
motivate kids, especially girls, to get involved in engineering design and
recognize that there´s engineering in everything!

TOYchallenge 2008 will launch in the fall of 2007. Imaginative kids can
easily join in the fun. 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

TOYchallenge information is available at 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.

Sally Ride Science
Sally Ride Science?, founded by astronaut Sally Ride, is an innovative
content company dedicated to fueling young people´s interests in science,
math, and technology. Our publications and programs provide opportunities
for girls and boys to explore the captivating world of science — from
astrobiology to zoology. Our programs include Sally Ride Science Festivals,
TOYchallenge?, Sally Ride Science Camps, and Sally Ride Science
–After-School Programs. Our publications include award-winning science
books, science career books, a science newsletter, and Classroom Sets to
supplement science instruction. Sally Ride Science brings science to life
and shows young people that science is creative, collaborative, fascinating,
and fun. To learn more, visit or call 800.561.5161.

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