One man recently took Lego creations to an entirely new level.

Most of us who played with Legos took pride in constructing a small castle or airplane. Well, Eric Steenstra just one-upped everyone.

Steenstra recently debuted his go-kart made entirely of Legos. If you don't believe us, you can see photos from the construction.

As impressive as this is, Steenstra is not done. He writes that he wants to improve the gearing and develop a steering system.

This project probably did not come with instructions.

(H/T to Geekologie)

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While we may think of motorized scooters as purely for enjoyment, recently some researchers put babies on a makeshift scooter in hopes of speeding of their learning process.

And so far, so good.

The WeeBot is a device created by Ithaca College associate professor of occupational therapy Carole Dennis along with physical therapist Hélène Larin and computer programmer Sharon Stansfield. It contains a motorized base, a booster seat and a Nintendo Wii balance board. The scooter moves as infants shift their weight, and it uses sonar to avoid collisions.

"Learning doesn't seem to depend on age; it seems to depend on the ability to move freely in the environment," Dennis told "We call it driver training. They develop the expectation very early on that if they lean they're going to get a toy."

A study by the three researchers designed to test self-initiated mobility found that 5-to-8-month-old infants made their way to a toy using the WeeBot 88 percent of the time, compared to 24 percent of the time when using a joystick.

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The WeeBot could also be instrumental for children with disabilities. The researchers found that after six training sessions, a 15-month-old boy with disabilities resulting from cerebral palsy was able reach a toy 85 percent of the time.

"After the fifth training session, I got an email from his parents that said he'd just begun to drag himself on the floor using his elbows," Dennis said. "He hadn't done that before. We'd like to think the ability to explore his environment gave him the impetus to try to move."

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Rick Van Beek is rarely alone when he completes triathlons. Rather than doing the event individually, like most other athletes, the Byron Center, Mich., native is on a team -- "Team Maddy."

Van Beek's squad consists of him and his daughter, 13-year-old Maddy. Maddy was diagnosed with severe cerebral palsy shortly after she was born; she cannot talk or walk, and the Van Beeks are unsure if she can see. So when the duo complete their triathlons or half-marathons, Rick carries Maddy, literally.

Three years ago Rick watched as Maddy was pushed by someone else in a triathalon. Sensing his daughter's joy throughout the race, Rick vowed to shape up. He quit smoking, stopped chewing tobacco and started training.

Rick pulls Maddy in a special contraption during the biking part of the triathlon, places her in a kayak and tows her during the swimming portion and carries her as he runs.

Last weekend the Van Beeks completed the Sanford and Sun sprint triathlon in Michigan, one of more than 70 events Rick and Maddy have done together since 2008.

For Rick, time is not of the essence. What's important is the race itself.

"I've never been disappointed crossing the finish line,” Van Beek told the New York Daily News, “because I’m doing it with my daughter."

Even though Maddy cannot compete physically, she is still contributing to the team. Rick says he draws inspiration from his daughter in particularly difficult times of training and the races.

"Every time you take the next stride and feel the pain and want to quit, think of Maddy and suck it up," Rick wrote on his blog. "One more stride, one more breath, one more mile, it is not going to kill you."

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We've all heard of tree houses and pools in the backyard, but a backyard roller coaster? Why not, said Jon and Natasha Cain.

The couple built a 12-foot-high roller coaster in their backyard in 2009, and a video posted to Youtube in February has gone viral. The roller coaster, which took three weeks to build, is made of PVC tubing, concrete and treated lumber. The Cains originally thought the roller coaster would cost $300, but it ended up setting them back $700.

Still, judging by how much fun their son is having, that seems like a worthwhile investment.

"I was concerned at first," Natasha said of the roller coaster's safety. "But we test-rode it several times. And only my children are allowed on it."

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