Competition time: Help B-bot and Tex to design a techy toy for Christmas!
Calling parents, guardians and teachers: we’ve teamed up with the charity, Tech She Can to run a Christmas competition for children, encouraging them to think creatively about technology and put their STEM skills into action! The winning entry will receive a copy of our book, SuperQuesters: The Case of the Stolen Sun.
Bringing together our SuperQuesters’ character B-Bot and Tech We Can character, Tex we’ve put together the following challenge for children to complete:
Santa’s elves have asked B-bot and Tex to create a brand new techy toy for Christmas this year.
But they’re struggling to come up with ideas by themselves. They think the best people to help them are the children who might play with these toys.
Tex: “Can you help us with ideas for a new techy toy? To help the elves build it, please can you label your designs, explaining the toy’s techy features, how someone could play with it and how it’s different from toys you can buy today.”
B-bot: “I can’t wait to see what you come up with! And as a thank-you for helping us out, our favourite design will win a copy of the book, SuperQuesters: The Case of the Stolen Sun”
How it works
The competition is open to all children in the UK and Ireland. To take part, children need to design a techy toy. This can be in any format - whether that’s a computer-generated image, a paper sketch or a physical model.
For inspiration, you might find it useful to show your pupils or children the ‘Tech for Toys’ lesson from Tech She Can. Children will explore how technology is being used to design and create toys and highlight some of the exciting careers in this area.
Please submit your children’s creations, or photos of them, to both: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by 23.59 on Tuesday 13th December 2022. Designs will be judged by Questfriendz and Tech She Can, with the winners announced on both of our social media channels on Friday 16th December 2022.
About the characters
The SuperQuesters book series is published by QuestFriendz, a new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) educational children’s book publisher. Founders Dr Thomas Bernard and Lisa Moss are passionate advocates of sparking children’s interest in STEM from a young age. They believe that the best way to do this is through interactive storytelling – using books which feature educational challenges, or ‘quests’ within an engaging story, enabling children to use their 21st-century learning skills to find solutions.
Tex is a robotic dog who features in Tech She Can's series of Tech She Can animated lessons for primary-age children. The animations are designed to educate and excite children about technology, and the people who develop it, from an early age. Each animation covers a different area of tech and gives children a simplified understanding of how it works and how it’s used.
Terms and conditions
The winner will be contacted by QuestFriendz at the email address supplied in order to request your mailing address to send the book. By taking part, you’re giving consent for Tech She Can and QuestFriendz to contact you.
At the end of the competition, we'd love to be able to share the children's creative ideas with our audiences via our social media channels, in print and online. By submitting an entry, you are deemed to have given permission for it to be shared by Tech She Can and QuestFriendz in this way.
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