A neuroscientist has received a New Toy Award in a national competition for a science kit that allows children to turn muscle energy into electricity.
Robijanto Soetedjo’s invention - a bioelecticity toy set – encourages kids to measure the electrical signals created by a working muscle, and use the energy to power a light, fan, robotic claw or small motor.
Soetedjo was awarded second place in the competition to ‘create a toy that could inspire a future generation of scientists.’
The competition was sponsored by the Moore Foundation and the nonprofit Society for Science and the Public.
The competition was inspired by a nostalgia of childhood chemistry sets that encouraged young scientists, but contained dangerous chemicals, such as cyanide, reports phys.org.
“The judges were really impressed with the creativity of Soededjo’s entry,” said Janet Coffey, programme officer for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. “You could imagine kids playing with it, it was very acessible.”
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