Smithsonian Science Education Center Nominated For Best Public Service and Activism Game In the 22nd Annual Webby Awards

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The Smithsonian Science Education Center announced that it has been nominated for Best Public Service and Activism game in the 22nd Annual Webby Awards for “Aquation: The Freshwater Access Game.” Smithsonian Science Education Center fans can cast their votes at https://vote.webbyawards.com/PublicVoting#/2018/games/general/public-service-activism.

The Smithsonian Science Education Center announced that it has been nominated for Best Public Service and Activism game in the 22nd Annual Webby Awards for “Aquation: The Freshwater Access Game.” Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet. IADAS, which nominates and selects The Webby Award Winners, is comprised of Internet industry experts, including Jimmy Kimmel, Lyft CEO Logan Green, Girls Who Code Founder Reshma Saujani, Gimlet Media CEO Alex Blumberg, Instagram’s Eva Chen, social entrepreneur Van Jones, Internet inventor Vint Cerf, Playmatics CEO Margaret Wallace, Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian, and Black Lives Matter’s Opal Tometi.

“The goal of ‘Aquation’ is to give students a simplified look into the complex problems of water scarcity and water equity on a global scale,” said Brian Mandell, the Smithsonian Science Education Center’s division director of Curriculum and Communications. “‘Aquation’ is fun, timely and, just like the real world issues it’s supposed to be modeling, it’s complicated.”

“Nominees like the Smithsonian Science Education Center are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet,” said Claire Graves, Executive Director of The Webby Awards. “It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the over 13,000 entries we received this year.”

As a nominee, the Smithsonian Science Education Center is also eligible to win a Webby People’s Voice Award, which is voted online by fans across the globe. From now until April 20th, Smithsonian Science Education Center fans can cast their votes at https://vote.webbyawards.com/PublicVoting#/2018/games/general/public-service-activism.

Winners will be announced on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, and honored at a star-studded ceremony on Monday, May 14, 2018, at Cipriani on Wall Street in New York City.

“Aquation: The Freshwater Access Game” is available for download for free on the Apple App Store, Google Play, and the web.

About the Smithsonian Science Education Center
The mission of the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC), formerly the National Science Resources Center, is to transform and improve the learning and teaching of science for K–12 students. The SSEC is nationally and internationally recognized for the quality of its programs and its impact on K–12 science education.

About the Webby Awards:
Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, Film & Video, Advertising, Media & PR, Mobile Sites & Apps, Social, Podcasts & Digital Audio, and Games. Established in 1996, The Webby Awards received more than 13,000 entries from all 50 states and 70 countries worldwide this year. The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: YouTube, HBO, WP Engine, EY, YouGov, Vitamin T, The Hollywood Reporter, WNYC Studios, Digiday, Glixel, Product Hunt, and Social Media Week.

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