Happy International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples! This day celebrates all the indigenous groups around the world and brings awareness to their languages, cultures, histories, and ways of life.
In celebration, we would like to highlight “Wolverine and the Little Thunder” by indigenous author and illustrator Alan Syliboy.
If you could make an invention that would do one thing for you, what would it do?
Maybe a homework machine or a bed-making robot?
I think I would like a sandwich maker. I love fancy sandwiches but most of the time I stick to PB&J. So a sandwich maker would make lunches way more fun!
Get creative and let me know what you would invent.
This month’s chickaDEE is about inventions! First, we explore 5 great inventions that changed the world. Do you think you can guess what they are? Look around your home and think about the things you use everyday. They might just be on the list!
Also this month, we want you to imagine what a city in the future might look like… and then build it! Are there any inventions that would make your city of the future even better?
As always, there’s a great Dr. Zed experiment, tons of puzzles and fun, and funny comics. Hope you enjoy it!
16-year-old Canadian scientist, Ann Makosinski has just won the Weston Youth Innovation Award for her invention, the Hollow Flashlight.
Ann created a high-tech thermoelectric flashlight which uses special tiles to capture body heat that then power an LED bulb.
She thought of her invention after seeing children living without electricity not being able to study or read at night. With an invention like this, these kids would have a light in the dark without using electricity or batteries!
This isn’t the first prize Ann has won for her incredible invention. Last year, Ann took home the top prize for her age group at the Google Science Fair.
Congratulations, Ann! I’m sure we will be seeing more of her amazing inventions in the future.
Do you have an idea for an invention? What would it be?
Have you heard of Leonardo da Vinci? You may know him as the painter of the famous Mona Lisa. But did you know he’s also one of history’s greatest inventors? chickaDEE had the opportunity to go to the opening of a new exhibition at the Ontario Science Centre and check out Leonardo da Vinci’s Workshop – The Exhibition.
Leonardo was always dreaming, painting and inventing. He left behind thousands of pages of drawings of mechanical devices, machines, instruments and more. A team of researchers in Italy decided to take Leonardo’s designs and make real-life models out of them. That’s what this exhibit is all about!
The exhibit features models of Leonardo’s inventions and tons of interactive touch screens so you can see how they actually move and work. Check out some of the cool things I saw below.
Here is a mechanical lion. Leonardo built it for a French king. The lion can actually walk a few steps and then release lilies from his chest!
This is a Great Kite Flying Machine. He invented it after watching how birds fly. A person was supposed to sit in the contraption and move the wings with his hands and feet. (Unfortunately, it never worked, but he did draw up these plans hundreds of years before airplanes were invented!)
Here is a recreation of Leonardo’s workshop. Imagine that this is where he painted the super-duper famous Mona Lisa!
The exhibition opens today and goes on until March 28, 2012. If you live near Toronto, you should definitely check it out. What do you think of this exhibition?