Academics' Choice Announces Spring 2016 Brain Toy, Smart Book & Media Award Winners

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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 provide potential for students to fully develop higher order thinking skills for success in school and life.

Academics' Choice Award Seals

Academics' Choice Award Seals

Receiving the Academics' Choice Brain Toy Awards validates our belief that SimplyFun games add significant value in developing a child's thinking skills

Academics' Choice today congratulates all winners of the Spring 2016 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 MindWare, Magformers, Evollve, MEGA Brands Inc. (Mattel), SimplyFun, Funnybone Toys, HeidiSongs, VersaMe, Alex Brands, Children's Success Unlimited, Morphun, Preschool of Rock, Woot Math, Nerd Island Studios, MyEduCrate, 4M, Tales Untold Media, Hamaguchi Apps, NumbersAlive!, MOZAIK Education, and more! A total of 47 products earned the award this fall. 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.

"Receiving the Academics' Choice Brain Toy Awards validates our belief that SimplyFun games add significant value in developing a child's thinking skills. We are honored to be part of a select group of award winners that highlight the importance of play to the process of learning." -Patty Pearcy, President and CEO of SimplyFun

"We are honored to have received this award and are thrilled that Academics' Choice recognizes the great potential for narrative audio storytelling for kids. When you strip a story down to its core—no sea of flashing colors, no visual crutches to distract the senses—you end up with an experience that delights the imagination in an incredibly intimate way." -Nick Vidinsky, founder and CEO of Tales Untold Media

"Winning an Academics' Choice award is such a great validation for our mission to provide games that are not only fun, but also educational in some way. Our logo is a "wind up brain", to signify our commitment designing games that get players' minds going! We are thrilled that so many of our games have been chosen as Academics' Choice Brain Toy awardees, including two of our new 2016 games, Anaxi and Spirot!" -Julien Sharp, President of Funnybone Toys

"Recognition of the Hello Numbers Discovery Pack supports the NumbersAlive! concept of blended learning, which allows for multiple entry points for individuals with diverse learning styles. The entire NumbersAlive! team is thrilled that our concept has been acknowledged with a prestigious Academics' Choice Mind Spring Award." - Rebecca Klemm, Ph.D., NumbersAlive!

Many of the products that are evaluated by the Academics' Choice Awards team are donated to a variety of worthy charities.

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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