Oct. 30, New York City — Knowledge of STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Math — is increasingly important for our children’s future. Because children learn from play, toys are their first and best introduction to STEM concepts.

But what really qualifies a toy as STEM?

Child’s Play Communications today announced the winners of the second annual Seriously STEM awards, a program designed exclusively to review and evaluate STEM toys for kids.

Child’s Play partnered with and an outstanding panel of independent judges — educators, industry play experts and toy reviewers — with real expertise in children, play and STEM to evaluate the toys submitted for review.

The winners of the 2019 Seriously STEM Awards are:

The Grand Prize winner — the toy that generated the most points from judges, across the board — is SNAP CIRCUITS STEM, from Elenco.

Evaluation criteria included whether the toy teaches skills such as critical thinking, curiosity and problem solving, includes hands-on experiences, and genuinely increases knowledge of real-world STEM subjects, among other considerations.

For the second year in a row, a percentage of the entry fees will be donated to the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation.