Chocolate-milk-swilling bastard Messy Marvin was a consumerist slob; open his closet and out came tumbling a prescient pile of current-day eBay's entire inventory. Perhaps if he's spent less time indulging himself in chocolate syrup and more time in gainful pursuits he could have entered Design Squad's "Trash to Treasure" competition.
[The contest] will challenge kids of all ages to take everyday discarded or recycled material and re-engineer it into functional products. The product can move things or people (Mobility), protect the environment (Environmental), or be something kids can play with inside or out (Play).
"We are eager to see kids' ideas and everyday items transformed into innovative and intriguing inventions. What a great way to inspire a fresh approach to recycling, not to mention a new crop of engineers and designers!" said Brenda Musilli, Worldwide Director of Intel Education and President of the Intel Foundation.
The competition launches on April 1st, co-sponsored by both Intel and By Kids For Kids. Grand Prize is prototype consultancy and US $10,000, which would buy more chocolate syrup than even Marvin would know what to do with. More info available here.