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  Your Reports: Getting inventive
Updated 26 November 2001, 10.31
British Invention Press Pack
The annual British Invention Show was held in London and our Press Packer Shelli, 13, went along to check out all the latest gadgets.

Here's her report:

When I think of the word invention many things spring to mind: mad scientists with funny hair, physics lessons and, of course, hover bikes and jet packs.

Recently I was lucky enough to attend the BIS (British Invention Show) which is an exhibition in London.

Downright strange

Inventors congregate from all round Britain in the Barbican centre to put forward their ideas to the world. Some of the inventions were revolutionary, some funny and some were downright strange!

There were a few inventions there that really looked like they could catch on.

Learning toys

Firstly there were the 'Water Wonder Flowers', which are a toy for children.

It's in the shape of a flower pot with a removable plastic block in it. There were three holes in this which each had a toy flower in.

When a child pours water in this they rise and, as well as being fun, teach the child about the concept of growth. This invention has been so successful that it is due to go on market in march!

Glowing computer keyboard

Other inventions included the toilet paper covered in crosswords and jokes and a computer keyboard that glows.

Overall I really enjoyed my day at the BIS and would love to go again!

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