Award-Winning Educational Products That Help Kids Think Critically - Spring 2019

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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 learning products that stimulate the mind, and develop critical thinking thinking skills for success in school and life.

I appreciate what Academics' Choice is doing. They not only enable consumers to make informed choices, but also help to give credibility to individual developers who have limited resources.

Academics' Choice today congratulates all winners of the Spring 2019 Academics' Choice Awards, a prestigious seal of educational quality, reserved only for the best mind-building media and toys. The spring winners include brain-boosting products from JumpStart, Slate Science Operations, Blake eLearning, 3P Learning, MiaoKids, TechnoNature, Lone Star Learning, Play Odyssey, Kooapps, Press4kids, Weigl Publishers, Logic Roots, Ok2Win, Royal Fireworks Publishing, Insect Lore, PlayShfiu, Caramel Tree, Rhythm Child Network, KinderLab Robotics, 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 extremely excited to have Boom Goes The Dynamite selected by Academics' Choice as a Brain Toy award winner! We think that Boom Goes The Dynamite is the perfect memory and math game for an elementary school classroom, and this award validates that belief." - Jacob Hiller, Owner, Ok2Win

"It is an honor to receive this Academics' Choice award for Peek and Seek. This recognition inspires us to continue developing quality educational apps for children with learning needs of all kinds." - Meera and Damian Gill, Developers of Play Odyssey Inc.

"We are delighted to receive an Academics' Choice Award for CHESS Plus, a five-year English as a foreign language (EFL) learning program by Caramel Tree. CHESS stands for Children's Holistic English Study Success, and we believe that the program offers a successful way to learn English for children who live in countries where English is a foreign language. Our story-based learning model offers an immersive experience that allows children to relate to the content and personalize the learning. Ultimately, CHESS Plus helps to trigger children's imagination and creativity, which in turn allows them to achieve more practical communication skills. So we are delighted to receive an Academics' Choice Award in recognition of 'Mind-Building Excellence' because that forms a core part of our vision." - Faizel Laher, Senior Editor at Caramel Tree

"I appreciate what Academics' Choice is doing. You not only enable consumers to make informed choices, but also help to give credibility to individual developers who have limited resources." - Elmarie Meintjes, Founder and Owner of TechnoNature

"Insect Lore is honored to have its STEM learning product recognized by Academics' Choice. We put tremendous care into our iconic Butterfly Farm and this award recognizes the importance of the learning children can experience with it." - Amy Mikahil, Marketing Coordinator at Insect Lore

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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