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Nine-year-old Marble Falls girl wins toy invention contest

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Nine-year-old Emma Turner took home top honors of the kid-inventor toy contest, Kidventor with her invention called the "Buggy Light." (Courtesy: Fat Brain Toys)

ELKHORN, Neb. - A little girl from Marble Falls, Texas has a great future as an inventor.

Nine-year-old Emma Turner took home top honors of the kid-inventor toy contest, Kidventor with her invention called the "Buggy Light."

"We had plenty of creative inventions to choose from this year, but Emma's Buggy Light really won us over with its sheer innovation," explained Mark Carson, Co-Founder of Fat Brain Toys and one of this year's Kidventor judges. "She took something that bugs do naturally and harnessed it into a device that will be entertaining AND educational for kids of all ages."

According to her entry, Emma says the Buggy Light can be hung on the outside of doors, windows, and more. The box has suction cups on the front to hang up the box. Once you hang up the box, your box is ready to use. The remote control lights can project the bugs’ movement onto your ceiling and the LED lights attract the bugs. The magnifying glass can be used to get a closer look at the bugs inside the box. Since this bug box attracts bugs with LEDs, there will almost always be something to watch through your window.

This toy also teaches kids about bugs in a fun way.

The winning entry for 2017's Kidventor contest, Door Pong, has been flying off store shelves since its release in September.

Emma won a $2,500 scholarship plus the opportunity to have her invention manufactured and sold worldwide. Emma and her mother will also be flown to New York City in February to present her invention at the American International Toy Fair.



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