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    The Giz Wiz Show 1611 for February 24th 2017, Our 95th Independent Production. 

    Thanks to our wonderful Patreon supporters The Giz Wiz Show not only continues, but is heading toward the end of its 2nd year of independent production. If you'd like to support OMGchad & DickDe in our independent venture (we pay for everything ourselves, including travel) just click the Patreon link at the top of our show web page:  You can also contribute just once via the PayPal link that's there too. And thank you for doing that! Our show wouldn't exist without our viewer's support.  

    This week for the next week week's we dive into Toy Fair 2017! 1000 companies put on a huge display of toys, many of them STREAM toys. What are STREAM toys? Some years ago many toys started being identified as STEM. That meant they embodied the important concepts of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Then STEM became STEAM, when an “A” was added for “Art” Now it’s getting more comprehensive as Robotics are added to the trend – transforming STEAM to STREAM. We'll see some examples of them among the clever new toys I found at the show.  

    I always stop at Be Amazing Toys. Their aim is to helps kids discover the wonders of the world around them and the joys of creative play. It's original founder, Steve Spangler, (who you'll see in the Giz Wiz video) was described in TIME magazine as “the science teacher you always wanted to have in school.” Each year at Toy Fair Steve gets people to stop at the booth by performing some fun experiment. Last year he had a bed of nails for people to try and this year -- well, you'll see that in the video too.

    After I had fun with Steve I played with Be Amazing's “Just Add Water”. You'll see what I made in the video. I can't find that eact product online yet. (It may not be out yet.) But here's something just like it, from BE AMAZING TOYS. It's Amazing Spheres. Amazon says: Grow humongous clear balls and monster colored marbles! Just add water. Package includes one test tube, clear spheres, garbled marbles and instructions. Recommended for ages 4 and up. WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD-Small Parts. Not for children under 3 years. WARNING: This set contains chemicals that may be harmful if misused. Conforms to ASTM F963. Imported. (Well those warnings cut down the fun a bit, but I guess it's necessary.) Under $10.

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    If you look up "water beads" on Amazon, you find something that looks like the same thing. But you'll get a LOT more for your money.



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