NEW YORK, Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The independent consumer organization, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, announces their list of Top 20 STEM (science, tech, engineering and math) Toys for 2013 on their website www.toyportfolio.com.
"One of the best trends of 2013 is that STEM toys are finally taking root," notes co-founder Joanne Oppenheim, "with a wide range of products that can spark a life-long interest in a STEM-related field."
"Being a well-intentioned 'educational' toy isn't enough to make our list," notes Stephanie Oppenheim. "Toys also need to be fun and engaging. We're also delighted that there is a new generation of toy makers with STEM-backgrounds from such noted schools as MIT and Stanford that are encouraging kids to 'play' with the language and tools of their fields. While a great deal of the dialogue on STEM education and jobs has focused on the gender-gap, we believe both boys and girls benefit from this type of play experience."
Toyportfolio.com Top 20 STEM toys for 2013:
Early School Years
Goldie Blox and the Spinning Machine (Goldie Blox)
Deluxe Roominate (Roominate)
Leap Pad Ultra (LeapFrog)
Magformers Inspire Sets (Magformers)
MindWare Q-BA-MAZE 2.0 (MindWare)
LEGO Bricks and More Pink Brick Box (LEGO)
Complete Paper Making Kit (Creativity for Kids)
Sports Car (Laser Pegs)
Marker Maker (Crayola)
Primary Science Mix and Measure Set (Learning Resources)
Clifford the Big Red Dog Kitchen Science (Scholastic)
Later School Years
K'nex Education-Investigating Solar Energy (K'NEX)
Gyrobot (Thames & Kosmos)
Magic School Bus Weather Lab (The Young Scientists Club)
LEGO Star Wars Headhunter (LEGO)
Little Bits Deluxe 18 Bit Set (littleBits)
Sifteo Cubes Intelligent Game System (Sifteo)
Even Steven's Odd Game (Educational Insights)
Spy Gear Panosphere 360 Spy Cam (Spin Master)
Mindstorms EV3 (LEGO)
Complete reviews at: www.toyportfolio.com.
About Oppenheim Toy Portfolio (toyportfolio.com):
Founded in 1989 by child development and toy experts, Joanne Oppenheim and her daughter Stephanie Oppenheim, as the leading independent guide to children's media. The organization does not accept entry fees for reviewing products. All award winners are reviewed by the Oppenheims for age-appropriateness, design, innovation, and fun. Products are further tested by their network of kid testers all over the country. The Oppenheims are contributors to NBC's TODAY Show.
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SOURCE Oppenheim Toy Portfolio