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Hack This Toy!

Ohio State toy adaptation workshop students ASEE 2017Like engineers in Santa’s workshop, Ohio State University students and faculty are working with families in a unique Toy Adaptation Program to “hack” popular electronic toys so that children with special needs can enjoy them.

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Engineering the No. 1 Monkey

Fingerlings on bambooThey grasp fingers, curl up in your palm, and break wind when their heads are squeezed. Meet Fingerlings, the cute little robotic monkeys that rocketed to the top of the toy charts this holiday season – thanks to engineers.

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Engineering Students Design Toys

Purdue students designing toys 2011Can toys inspire more kids – especially girls – to become engineers? Purdue University mechanical engineering students think so, and they are designing and building high-tech educational toys that make science and engineering fun.

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For Toy Engineers, Work is Child’s Play

rubber duckyEver walk through a store’s toy department and wonder: Who dreams up these action figures, games, and other fun stuff? Toy engineers do! They get to play for a living, designing and making new toys to engage or educate kids of all ages.

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