Looking for an excuse to gobble down a frozen yogurt as it warms up this afternoon? If you're going to be anywhere near Scripps Ranch you can partake and, at the same time, help a local team compete in the National Toy Challenge.
Three young ladies from Marshall Middle School beat out 200 other teams for the honor of going to the nationals of the Sally Ride Science Toy Challenge. It's a contest that has kids creating a toy or game of their own design. According to the Ride Foundation the challenge is a fun way for boys and girls of middle school age to use engineering, science and their own ingenuity to come up with something brand new, something the world has never seen before.
Caroline, Ali and Kaiena (no last names, thank you), students at Marshall Middle School in Scripps Ranch, are the winning local team. They'll compete in the nationals in Alexandria, Virgina the middle of next month. Their winning idea, by the way, is very cool. It's a jump rope machine they call JUMPIN'.
The other cool thing is that all day today, The Big Chill Frozen Yogurt store in Scripps Ranch is donating all profits to the girls to help them cover the cost of their trip east. If you're in the neighborhood, stop by. It's located in the shopping plaza at 10299 Scripps Trail, right in the heart of Scripps Ranch. Take Avenida Magnifica off Pomerado - go straight up the hill and you can't miss it.
To read more about the contest and all about Sally Ride Science - click here: http://www.sallyridescience.com/toychallenge/