Science Toy Award
The Science Toy Award was born in 2016 to recognise the toys that encourage an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), especially among children that are not exposed to those subjects outside of the school. The Award also seeks to draw the attention of toy manufacturers and parents about the importance of giving children educational toys to play with, to learn, to experience the world around and to light the spark of curiosity.
The aim is not to sell toys, but to highlight the importance that the environment in which children grow has on their motivations and interests, shaping their career choices when they become adults. Nobody is born a scientist or an engineer. A scientist or an engineer is a product of an environment where certain interests have been nurtured. The ultimate goal of the Science Toy Award is therefore to reduce the lack of diversity in STEM, either due to social class or gender, and to make sure that talent is nurtured and promoted in children since their early years.
The Science Toy Award was funded and is supported by the Imperial College London, the Science Museum London, The Institute of Physics and the charity Let Toys Be Toys and the Society of Spanish Researchers in the UK (SRUK).