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I have a 12 yr old nephew who is finding some love in the design world. He isn't into the actual building like I am, but prefers to design stuff. They just got done designing and building a bridge in school. His school really doesn't have anything to further this potential passion, and I was wondering if anyone knows of clubs/magazines/websites, etc to see if he really wants to go into this discipline. I've found a few for college age engineers, but nothing for the budding engineer.

Any ideas?
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Check out the First Robotics program in your area.

http://www.usfirst.org/

I volunteer for them. They are national. They have robots in three size ranges. The largest are lawnmower sized. The smallest are shoebox sized. And they have programs for all ages.

Teams of students design and build robots. They learn design, computer controls, mechanics, wiring, problem solving, teamwork, and they make it fun.

I have been volunteering as a robot inspector for 7 years. I highly recommend the program.
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Any ideas?

Try here:

http://pbskids.org/designsquad/parentseducators/index.html

The whole building/designing distinction throws me off a little. At his age I'm not sure how far you can really go without actually getting your hands dirty and building what you're designing. Plus, the perspective you gain from building is invaluable and only makes you a better designer. In my case it was my desire to build better things (and ability at math) that led me to engineering.
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