Research shows that all kids are basically tiny scientists who learn about their world through advanced experiments disguised as play. The seven toys in this gallery aren't just super fun--they'll also teach children how circuits work, how things fly, and how to build adorable robots.
If there is a miniature engineer, biologist or roboticist in your life, here's what to buy him or her this year.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.