Child’s Play Communications, in partnership with STEM.org, has announced an outstanding panel of judges for the inaugural Seriously STEM Awards—the first awards program designed exclusively to review and evaluate STEM toys.
The independent judges include educators, industry play experts and toy reviewers with real expertise specifically in children, play and STEM:
- Jo Boaler,a Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University, the faculty director of youcubed, and an expert on mathematics learning and visual, creative, playful maths.
- Diana Wehrell-Grabowski, PhDtravels the globe sharing her passion for STEM with educators and children, promoting a lifelong love of learning
- Liz Gumbinner,Co-Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Cool Mom Picks network which includes Cool Mom Tech, the premier online resource dedicated to technology from a parenting perspective
- Jason Lindsey,a STEM Certified Educator, Science Multimedia Journalist, and Meteorologist who has appeared on television stations across America, including the NBC Today Show
- Patrick McQuillan,Vice President of STEM Education, Liberty Science Center and manager of the largest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere
- Andrew B. Raupp,Founder of org™ and developer of the world’s original digital, STEM education framework for people, programs and products
- Reyne Rice,Global Trend Hunter/ CEO/ Media Influencer for ToyTrends, is a 30-year veteran of the toys, games and kids’ technology industries
- Wendy Smolen,toy industry writer and ideator and co-founder of Sandbox Summit, an annual idea forum at MIT exploring the intersection of play, learning, and technology
- Scott Steinberg,an award-winning trends expert, author of 14 bestselling books including Parenting High-Tech Kids and the creator of The Modern Parent’s Guide series, How to Speak Kid, and Family Tech
Manufacturers may submit products for review within the four subject categories, and within specific age groups, ranging from toddler to teen. Criteria for selection will be established by the panel of judges.
Products from any country and company are eligible for submission. The submission period runs through September 14, 2018. The official entry form is available here.
A percentage of all Seriously STEM proceeds will be donated to the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
Winners will be announced November 1 at the third annual Kids’ & Family Tech Expo in New York City and heavily marketed throughout the holiday shopping season.