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Build, balance, and behold the newest way to learn science: Octacog!

Elementary school science teacher Bill Burton created Octacog as a STEM education tool for both kids and adults. Users can connect rods and various weighted pieces to the octagon-shaped balance point to experiment with physics while creating endless building possibilities.

Designed for kids ages 7 and up, this modular balance toy acts as both an experimental construction set and a gravity-defying game. Players can take turns by adding or moving a piece, then giving the structure a spin. If Octacog stays balanced, the player is safe and it’s the next player’s turn. If the structure falls, the player is no longer a master of balance.

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Octacog is available to pre-order for $49.99 here. There is also an expansion pack available for $19.99. Players can combine multiple sets to expand their gameplay and building opportunities.

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Alex Aiello

Alex Aiello

Alex Aiello is an editorial intern at Adventure Publishing Group. He writes for the Pop Insider and the Toy Insider and contributes to the Toy Book. When not working or in school, he is most likely quoting What We Do In The Shadows or rewatching that one scene from The Mandalorian when Boba Fett shows up. Catch him out in the wild playing Pokémon Go or follow his adventures on Instagram @couchpeople96.