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Some Assembly Required

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Plot & Details

TOYChallenge is an annual competition organized in part by scientist and astronaut Sally Ride in which fifth through eighth grade students form teams to design a new and innovative toy or game. While an educator or adult team leader supervises the kids and keeps them on a strict budget of $150, it's up to the youngsters to come up with an idea, create the design and build a prototype; the contest is intended to give young people hands-on experience in science, engineering, creative thinking and problem solving. 400 teams across the United States entered the 2007 TOYChallenge contest, and filmmaker Dori Berinstein eavesdrops on six of them as they work up their designs in the documentary Some Assembly Required. The groups range from kids in Brighton, Michigan creating a high-tech punching bag game to streetwise youngsters in Harlem, New York designing a board game that reflects the choices they make in a neighborhood surrounded by crime and drugs. Some Assembly Required was an official entry at the 2008 South by Southwest Film Festival.

Seattle International Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 Seattle International Film Festival Film Presented Nominated


Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2008 SXSW Film Presented Nominated

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