1988 Radio Shack CT-2000 - An early cell (car) phone. Only 1199 dollars! But, if you want to take it with you, then you need the portable adapter pack for an additional 119 dollars, oh and then you need the rechargeable batteries for 10 dollars -- and all of this in 1988 money!
Most 12-year-olds love playing videogames -- Thomas Suarez taught himself how to create them. After developing iPhone apps like "Bustin Jeiber," a whack-a-mole game, he is now using his skills to help other kids become developers. Another amazing young scientist for motivation. Aligns perfectly to technology and engineering standards.