Do you remember in the movie “Toy Story,” when puffed-up superhero Buzz Lightyear finds out what he really is?
“I’m not a Space Ranger,” he tells Woody sadly. “I’m just a toy. A stupid little insignificant toy.”
“Whoa, hey, wait a minute,” Woody says. “Being a toy is a lot better than being a Space Ranger.”
Woody’s right. Being a real toy is better than being a pretend space character. And Buzz would be thrilled to know that space and science toys are superhot right now.
Microscopes, robots, rockets, marble mazes — these are just a few of the latest STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) recommendations from Stephanie Oppenheim, co-founder of the independent Oppenheim Toy Portfolio ratings group.
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