The Scary Smart Club’s Top 5 Toys of the Year
CNN and endless media outlets kicked off 2012 by deeming brains and members of the ‘scary smart club’ as the new top rung in the world order. Forbes wrote The Scary Smart Are The Scary Rich: Examining Tech’s Richest On The Forbes 400 and identifed many of the billionaires of today as mega-geeks. From Gates to Zuckerberg, undoubtedly you have a rising star or budding genius in your life: a tech-geek to whom you are buying holiday gifts for?
We at ProEdgeWire, leaders in investor intelligence in the resource sector, would like to take a moment and acknowledge our commitment to lifelong learning by celebrating the holidays with a few recommendations of special gifts to give the blossoming brain in your life a competitive edge.
#5 Magnet Powered Spinning Top!
From ThinkGeek.com this cost-effective USD$9.99 Magnet Powered Spinning Top! can spin for 1-week plus. While hardly an interactive toy, it gives you an excuse to discuss your involvement in the USMMA with your child and the development of magnetic power in everything from the automotive industry to aeronautics while they are trying to get around you to get into the fridge. This spinning top utilizes a radially oriented magnetic field and associated base with a conductive coil.
“When the top spins past the center of the base, its changing magnetic field induces a current in the coil which momentarily opens the switch to the battery resulting in powering up the electromagnet. The electromagnet then delivers enough torque to the spinning top to allow it to speed up and spin away from the center.” – for more information, click here
#4 Chemistry Kit – CHEM C3000
Go big or stay home, plus if you really want to get kids excited about science, you need to put real tools in their hands. The CHEM C3000 has 18 lab grade chemicals, a ‘staggering’ 333 individual experiments, and nearly 8 dozen pieces of professional quality lab equipment. I selected the largest most vibrant chemistry set on the Steve Spangler Science website, simply one of the best sites for science toys in the world; as an excellent place to start if you want your child or young protégée to train for the increasingly demanding an lucrative position in the rare earth extraction processing profession…for more information, click here
#3 Zoomy Handheld Digital Microscope
I remember asking Santa Clause for a microscope in grade 3, but mine certainly did not have the capacity to display up to 43X magnification (USD$65). This is a simple-to-use microscope that fits into your computer via a USB hub and if you can imagine is — ‘easy to clean’ and durable. If you haven’t been shopping for a microscope in a while, you can start at DiscoverThis.com, a site dedicated to science toys; or if you are interested in hard core research and due diligence before securing this acquisition for your ‘wonder kid’ – there is MicroscopeWorld.com, which hosts a Microscope Blog. I selected this one, because it seemed easy touse, and won numerous awards …for more information, click here
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#2: GeoMag 60 Piece PocketSet
The GeoMag YouTube videos were so much fun that one can lose a few hours just reviewing the creativity that this toy inspires. While TheGeoMagStore.com could use a makeover, it offers the complete collection of GeoMag toys. We liked the GeoMag 60 Piece set as a great starting block for your collection, as you work towards building a tower as big as your imagination in a competition in Lisbon, like the one in this YouTube video. For more information, click here
#1 Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Selected in part due to the tremendous wave of publicity they generated for the rare earth industry, providing what we all know – that education through entertainment is the most successful teaching methodology. I mean how can a video game garner headlines like Despite what Black Ops II says, rare earth minerals will not cause a U.S.-China cold war — and make every mainstream media outlet…
Call of Duty: Black Ops II is a first-person shooter video game, released in November 2012 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows and for the Wii U. The ninth game in the Call of Duty franchise of video games and a sequel to the 2010 game Call of Duty: Black Ops – this “is the first game in the Call of Duty franchise to feature future warfare technology and the first to present branching storylines driven by player choice.”
You may ask: how is this a toy? Well as my son so eloquently explained to me prior to the holidays: electronic games have replaced toys. With an industry larger than the music, film and television sector collectively; it’s the Gamer, the child that can work a computer or understand programming that many may argue has the real odds placed on becoming a power geek of tomorrow.
On a final note, I wanted to identify BuckyBalls as my #1 choice because I have bought so many of these over the years. While I agree with Maxim Magazine (not something I am used to saying) that this is perhaps the greatest stress reliever office toy ever made, I am also a mother. One who has certainly pulled a pea out of at least one nasal passage and waited while nephews were in emergency rooms after digesting coins when trying to mimic magic tricks. While the impending rare-earth toy magnet ban from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is a compelling point for a debate or two, it is on this note that I take a moment to reflect on the holiday season. I for one, avoid topics of debate and things that we may disagree on when gathering with Family and Friends: and instead focus on things that matter — our health, our family and our friends.
On behalf of ProEdgeWire and our editorial team, allow me to wish you a very happy holidays.
An accomplished entrepreneur and corporate finance professional, Tracy Weslosky is the CEO for InvestorIntel Corp. and the VP of Business Development for Bellotti Capital Partners ... <Read more about Tracy Weslosky>