The story of a boy who loves rockets
Seven-year old Ota Zelezny from the Czech Republic was able to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather and father and successfully build and launch a rocket, thanks to a new Vodafone campaign.
You can see his story, including how he got advice from Astronaut Buzz Aldrin here.
Vodafone is running a competition to allow 10 people achieve 'firsts' with the help of their technology. Log on to the site at http://firsts.com.
If your own boy fancies building a rocket check out Wikihow and
You can even make a rocket from a teabag - find out more.
Beating the summer slide
Good news for screen fiends! A recent study has shown that digital reading increases motivation and reading comprehension in middle school children who are learning to read.
The 2013 study by Tina de Lourdes Benevides, PhD, at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), found there was a significant increase in motivation for reading by proficient readers, and an increase of two grade levels on average in reading comprehension for struggling readers.
Interestingly, adjusting the font size, accessing the built-in dictionary, activating the text-to-speech function, and reading along to books using built-in audio helped to motivate young readers.
The books children select are crucial as well. For Kobo tablets, for instance, the most popular kids’ books have a typical completion rate of about 70%, but the average completion rate for the kids’ category is under 60%.
Series of books are great for increasing interest and motivation.
Look out next week for a chance to win the World of Norm series of books
Top toys for 2014
We know you've only just found room for all the Xmas toys, but those in the know have already chosen this year's top toys at Toy Fair 2014. We love the Tin Can Cable Car, which combines recycling and engineering. Take a tin can and turn it into a cable car for your bedroom - awesome! The kit is aimed at ages 8-plus and costs £15.
Playmobil fans will love the Ancient Dragon Castle - but start saving now as it costs £99.
More affordable are the Moshi Kart collectables that costs £4.99 or less.