If you're up for a stocking filler, (only 300 days to Christmas!), or just want to encourage a young (or old) inventor, this is one of our favourite products. Sugru is a product that's hard to explain. They call it 'mouldable glue'. Think blu-tack that sets to a silicone rubber. This means that if you can make something out of play-doh, you're qualified to use this, and what you create is not only flexible and impact-resistant, but also temperature resistant as well, as silicone rubber is the substance used to make the modern rubberised style of oven mitt. Create grips for cables, protective bumpers for phones, wheels for your next robot, and much more. From only £15 for a multi-colour 8-pack, it's cheap enough to buy a pack just to play with. https://sugru.com
Steady Hand Game for The Science Museum
We've just designed a new kit for The Science Museum and popped in tonight to see how the kids got on. It's for their Science Nights so it had to be simple; they have around 450 kids in each time they run it, in classes of 150 at a time!
It's a "Steady Hand" buzzer game that fits in with the season's electricity and magnets theme. It's all built with just a screwdriver, and takes around 15 minutes to construct. Showing off these are the first kids to make one; a bunch of boys who were there for a birthday party.
If you're in the south east of England and have kids from 8-11 years old, these nights are great fun for a birthday party, school excursion, or community group. The boys and girls sleep over in the museum and take part in several workshops. They even get to see a 3D imax and play in the launchpad gallery; my favourite part!