A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that at the time of review, the one competition on the site was closed, although the online entry blank was still available. It should have been removed as well. Much of the information on this site should be available without registration. The online invention diary is the only thing that needs personalization.
Is It Any Good?
Unfortunately, you can't use much of the information on the site until you register and give a real email address so that parents can approve a child's participation. Once the parent has completed the online approval process, the new member can explore the site. Registration is free, but is it worth it the hassle? You decide.
One of the benefits of membership is supposed to be access to the online magazine, but it doesn't have any articles newer than three months ago. The games section offers nothing connected with inventions or inventing, instead serving up common titles such as "Concentration" and "Tetris." It's surprising that the site claims to have gotten a number of "Site of the Day" awards, since its offerings are nothing out of the ordinary. It is in need of reinventing itself.
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