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What! Electronic Toys Without Batteries.

Imagine an electronic toy that not only educates your child on how it works, but also makes it so you never have to replace the batteries. It sounds too good to be true, right? Well, here at Wonderbrains, it isn’t! Our line of fuel cell technology kits and toys combines cutting-edge science with an easy-to-follow learning experience so your child can learn and play at the same time!

With our line of fuel cell technology kits and toys, your child can actually watch how hydrogen and oxygen gases form inside a fuel cell to propel a toy car, or how solar energy and water can combine to make a renewable hydrogen energy source. Some kits even allow your child to create a clean energy source from square one!

These fuel cell technology kits and toys are the educational toys of tomorrow. Help make sure your child has a leg up on his or her future by checking out our complete line of fuel cell technology kits and toys at Wonderbrains.com!

Fuel Cell Car Science Kit

Fuel Cell Car Science Kit

by Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies
Our Price: $59.99
12 years +

Solar Hydrogen Education Kit
Solar Hydrogen Education Kit

by Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies
Our Price: $64.99
12 years +

H-racer and Hydrogen Station

H-racer and Hydrogen Station

by Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies
Our Price: $99.99
12 years +

Hydrocar

Hydrocar

by Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies
Our Price: $84.99
12 years +

Bio-Energy Discovery Kit
Bio-Energy Discovery Kit

by Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies
Our Price: $99.99
12 years +

H-racer 2.0 and Solar Hydrogen Refueling Station
H-racer 2.0 and Solar Hydrogen Refueling Station

by Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies
Our Price: $114.99
12 years +

Renewable Energy Monitor
Renewable Energy Monitor

by Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies
Our Price: $109.00
12 years +

H2GOH2GO

by Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies
Our Price: $149.99
12 years +

Hydro-Wind Education Kit

Hydro-Wind Education Kit

by Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies
Our Price: $169.99
12 years +

Renewable Energy Education Set

Renewable Energy Education Set

by Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies
Our Price: $199.99
12 years +

WindPitch Education Kit

WindPitch Education Kit

by Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies
Our Price: $109.99
12 years +

Online Classrooms and Technology in Education

Mashable has a great post today about Brightstorm, a company that offers tutorials and learning videos aimed at teens. Well worth a look! It got me thinking about how technology is used in our classrooms. Even my preschooler has computers in her room, with educational games that simultaneously teach and entertain.

This past weekend, at a local “playnasium”, both of my girls were most interested in the computer games, tied only with the plastic roller coaster they could ride. In addition to the classic “workstation” setup, the playnasium also offered computers that were connected to an apparatus that looked like a cross between a stationary bike and the Buzz Lightyear ride at Disney World. The kids actually interact with the computer through the bike, not through a keyboard and mouse.

Technology plays such an important role in our lives, so it’s great that it breaks into our learning environments and that we can interact with it in various ways. If this topic interests you, here are a few more resources online:

Technology Has A Place – But Where?

We’ve been hit with a huge change in our house this past week: my laptop, my beloved sidekick, essentially died a horrible death.  Or, it is at least out of commission for the time being.  Not even the Blue Screen of Doom could find its way to my laptop last week.  Just a hint: if you think your motherboard is going out – BACK UP EVERYTHING.  Thankfully, my machine was under warranty and was shipped off to Fix-My-Computerland for a makeover.  Or the dumpster.  We’ll find out one way or another in a few days.

In the meantime, I’m essentially computerless.   My husband does have a laptop through his office, but that is what it is for – his OFFICE.  Not my office or the kids’ games.  I’ve had to learn how to strategically check email and pare down to the bare minimum of computer-related tasks to complete while my baby is being reconfigured.

One thing I have noticed, though, is the changes that have occurred in my house this week.  Okay, maybe not huge changes, but differences between life with my computer and life without it.

First of all, my younger son naps a long time!  Wow!  I had no idea he slept that long.  It always seems much shorter when I’m racing around to get computer-related stuff done during naptime, like Spider Solitaire and Bejeweled (you know, the important stuff).  I got half of my house cleaned during naptime yesterday.  That would be the same house that takes me all week to clean otherwise.  Who knew?

Also, did you know that we actually have time to ride bikes and play board games after dinner?  I had no idea!  Usually, time after dinner is spent playing online (adults and/or children – we have Webkinz to feed, you know), but with the lack of computer this week, we’ve headed outdoors to visit neighbors, take a few spins around the block, and whip out Candyland.  I had forgotten we even had Candyland.

Speaking of games, instead of hearing the bickering over who’s turn it is on Lego.com or who gets to spin the Wheel of Wow in Webkinzland, I see my boys, giggling over their latest “cootie”.  I see my older son, teaching my younger one how to play Yahtzee or Memory.  And, their latest game has been to build a “town” in the backyard (heaven help my flower beds this week!).  Out of what?  Imaginary bricks.  Yep.  And a lot of imagination.

Technology is not a bad thing, don’t get me wrong.  My children have benefitted greatly from online resources and educational sites.  I would never deny them the opportunity to explore things we typically don’t get to see in Texas.  The computer, and the Internet, open innumerable doors for our children.  It is a great tool to use in educating and schooling our children.

But, time together is equally important and beneficial.  The key is to find the balance of the two.  Where does technology fit in with your family?  Is there balance?

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