A comic against microbes

Dr. Kumanan Wilson was asked to go to his son Matthew’s school to talk about health. Taking advantage of the fact that he had just seen a Star Wars movie, he decided that he would make a parallel between infectious diseases and a space invasion. The talk captivated so much the audience thta he decided to create the Immunity Warriors.

It is a digital comic book that explains scientific concepts and helps, in this way, fighting illnesses. The initiative has been so successful, that it has attracted the attention of the media, has been translated into different languages and is passed to dozens of public schools in the country of origin, Canada. In fact, the comic has already had continuity with a second issue related to the vaccines.

https://www.immunitywarriors.com/en/home

Online training

Online training in the United States moves 107,000 million dollars annually, and according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, in 2019 half of the non-compulsory training classes will be made at a distance. But there are still very few online training portals focused to the younger people. For this reason, the JAM platform specializes in distance learning for children and young people between 7 and 16 years.

JAM offers courses in drawing, cooking, mechanics, animation, science, construction with LEGO and many others. All of them can be done from any place where there is an Internet connection thanks to video tutorials and virtual support. In addition, they have also created an important user community around the platform to share experiences.

https://jam.com/

A kit for the first period

LOLA is a New York-based company that has created a very special gift: a kit to face the first menstruation. Apart from the tampons and covers of 100% organic cotton, also includes a small canvas pouch to take them, a system of stickers to follow the first cycles and a small guide explaining with its language what is going on from now. The guide can also be downloaded in electronic format. The price of the kit is $34.

LOLA produces and distributes 100% organic feminine hygiene products, without dyes, toxins or synthetic additives.

https://www.mylola.com/products/first-period-kit 

Little Big Idea

Since 2014, Australia’s leading energy supplier organizes an ideas contest to stimulate innovation among children between 3 and 8 years. It is a public contest involving thousands of kids from the country proposing inventions to improve the lives of people and the environment. The first prize is highly attractive: a trip to the United States to visit NASA. The winners of the 2017 edition presented a system for facilitating lean and sit down on wheelchairs; toys made from organic material such as cane sugar; or a small robot to help autistic children.

This children’s competition helps to position the company with only one activity, betting on innovation, training, childhood, the future and the environment.

https://www.littlebigidea.com.au/home.html

Toy rental

How many times have we seen a stuffed toy after very little use? The problem is widespread in many places on the planet, but it is being resolved thanks to initiatives such as those of FlexiPlay. It is a toy rental service that gives access to hundreds of toys in exchange for a flat rate. This Australian service offers a kind of monthly, quarterly or semi-monthly renting of toys (depending on family preferences). Toys are chosen by the children from the web page and FlexiPlay brings them and collects them at the subscriber’s customer service home.
This business model is also being promoted in other countries like India, with Toys On Rent as the ultimate exponent.

https://flexiplay.com.au/
https://www.toys-on-rent.com/

Sony teaches you how to program playing

Sony Global Education has been added to the group of companies that are developing toys that serve to learn the basics of computer programming. The product is called KOOV and is a game of pieces similar to Lego that allows to build robots and give them life thanks to sensors, motors and small informatic indications developed by the users themselves. In this way, children approach elemental concepts such as design, programming and robotics playing with colored pieces.
KOOV accompanies the pieces with an application for mobile devices that facilitates the previous design with a 3D simulator and that facilitates maximum programming with the “drag & drop” system to drag the different instructions.

https://www.sony.com/koov

Solar prevention sticks

An Australian manufacturer has begun marketing the so-called “Sundicators”. These are stickers that are placed on the clothes or on the skin and which can be applied even to sun-cream. When the color of the sticker changes, it is the signal to cover the skin with more protective cream or, directly, with some piece of clothing. These stickers, one single use and water-resistant, have been very well received by families, schools and organizers of outdoor activities, which can be quiet in relation to children’s sun exposure.

Skin cancer is the most frequent in Australia, to the point that two out of three Australians will be diagnosed with skin cancer before reaching 70 years. In Catalonia the figures are not so high but the cases detected are tripled every 10 years. 90% of all cases could be simply eliminated with prevention and early detection.

 

https://mysunprotection.com.au/collections/sundicators

Genderless clothing

Clothes for children and for girls. Without distinction and without differences. This is the proposal launched by the Swedish firm Toca Boca, which until now was exclusively dedicated to children’s games for mobile devices. The company always works with four fundamental values: game, innovation, quality and inclusion, values that have now led to the field of children’s clothing that has begun to be marketed this summer under the Target brand.
In his pieces there is no gender designation in the labeling, there are no colors or roles identifying gender in the design of the products. And yes … to solve some situations in the shops have accepted that Target is located just in the middle between the sections of clothes of boys and of girls.

 

https://www.fastcodesign.com/90132191/target-debuts-an-all-gender-kids-product-line

Dough to teach electronics

Technology Will Save Us is a group of educators and designers who develop toys that force the scientific and technological instincts of the boys and girls that use them. His latest creation is Dough Universe, a kit designed for children between 4 and 7 years old that allows to create dough figures with a very special property: they can come alive. Dough is highly conductive and with the right tools they can emit sounds, light and even jump. Toy costs only 27 euros and has sparked the admiration of media specialized in innovation and education.

The new generation of car booster seats has arrived

A car booster 10 times smaller and lighter but equally safe? This is what MIFOLD company says, which has won the award for the Most Innovative Product for Children awarded by the Association of Manufacturers of the United States. In fact, MIFOLD technically is not a car booster, since instead of raising the child to adapt to the seat belt, it makes lower the belt to adapt to the child. MIFOLD is suitable for children between 4 and 12 years old and costs around 50$. In addition to being optimal for any family it seems an ideal option for taxi drivers, carpooling companies (Uber type or Cabify) or traditional car rental companies.