Competition time: Help Tex and B-bot to design a techy toy for Christmas!
Bringing together our Tech We Can character, Tex, and Questfriendz character, B-Bot - and inspired by our Tech for Toys lesson - we’ve put together the following challenge for children to complete.
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 students or children our free Tech We Can lesson ‘Tech for Toys’, where we 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, by email to both: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com by 23.59 on Tuesday 13 December. Designs will be judged by Tech She Can and Questfriendz, with the winner announced on both our social media channels on Friday 16 December 2022.
About the characters
Tex is a robotic dog who features in our series of Tech We 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.
B-bot is a robot and the investigative sidekick of SuperQuester Bea Bumble, who both feature in the QuestFriendz SuperQuesters book series aimed at children aged 4-8. Questfriendz aim to spark children's interest in STEM from a young age through interactive storytelling. You can meet the SuperQuesters characters here.
Terms and conditions
Tech She Can
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.