The Best Educational Toys and Media of 2017

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The independent Academics' Choice Awards program and its seals of excellence are recognized worldwide by consumers and educational institutions as indicators of genuinely effective deeper learning products that stimulate the mind, and develop critical thinking thinking skills for success in school and life.

Academics' Choice Award Seals

Academics' Choice Award Seals

We are excited to earn this 'brain-boosting' validation from the experts at Academics' Choice Awards

Academics' Choice today congratulates all winners of the Fall 2017 Academics' Choice Awards, a prestigious seal of educational quality, reserved only for the best mind-building media and toys. The fall winners include brain-boosting products from MindWare, Mattel, ErgoErgo Inc., Beyond Screen, Teach My, 4M Industrial Development Limited, Best Learning Materials Corp., Playsimple Games Pte Ltd., Little Passports, Boom Learning Inc., LilGadgets, Gemiini Systems, Inc., Owl Hill Media, LLC, Beijing AIQI Technology Co., Ltd., CanFigureIt LLC, Gryphon House, Bob Books Publishing, LLC, Strictly Briks, Pai Technology Inc., littleBits, VTech, LeapFrog, and more! The full list of winners is posted online at

The Academics' Choice Advisory Board consists of leading thinkers and graduates from Princeton, Harvard, George Washington University, and other reputable educational institutions. Product-appropriate volunteer reviewers, combined with the brainpower of the Board, determine the coveted winners. Entries are judged by category (i.e. mobile app, toy, book, website, magazine, etc.), subject area, and grade level, and evaluated based on standardized criteria rooted in constructivist learning theory.

"We are honored to have won Academics' Choice Awards™ for our Brik Tower™, The Cube™ and Creatorz™, AlphaBriks™ and MathBriks™, and our Brik Buster™ game! Our motto is 'Dream, Create, Grow' and we create our products to be fun and to develop STEM and critical thinking skills in children. We are excited to earn this 'brain-boosting' validation from the experts at Academics' Choice Awards™." - Brian Semling, Founder and CEO of Strictly Briks

"Thank you for this honor! We saw an opportunity with CanFigureIt® Geometry to make learning about mathematical proofs both positive and empowering by focusing on guided, student-driven exploration. Teachers play a crucial role in our product development process, so it's especially meaningful to be recognized by the Academics' Choice community." - Nadav Kadar, Founder and CEO of CanFigureIt

Many of the products that are evaluated by the Academics' Choice Awards team are donated to a variety of worthy charities including the Kids In Need Foundation and the Toys for Tots Foundation.

About Academics' Choice:
Academics' Choice helps consumers find exceptional brain-boosting material. Academics' Choice is the only international awards program designed to bring increased recognition to publishers, manufacturers, independent authors and developers that aim to stimulate cognitive development. A volunteer panel of product-appropriate judges, including parents, educators, scientists, artists, doctors, nurses, librarians, students and children, evaluate submissions based on educational benefits such as higher-order thinking skills, character building, creative play, durability and originality. Only the genuine "mind-builders" are recognized with the coveted Academics' Choice Awards.


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Stephanie Howard
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