Yellow Scope, which makes science kits for girls, has been highlighted on Science In Portland before — as a resource for parents wanting to support their children’s education in the sciences and for demonstrating their kits at a recent Women in Science meeting.
Thanks to a tip from Portlander Jeff Lovinger, who spotted a Science In Portland post shared on Facebook, we now know these homegrown kits are going up against six other toys, which include building and physics sets and toys that teach number skills and robotics.
Toys in the awards contest were selected by a nomination and voting process, in which representatives of toy-related companies nominated products in 12 categories, including boy, girl, educational, innovative, outdoor and e-connected. Finalists were then chosen by committees covering each category, with committee members including retail buyers, journalists, academics and inventor-designers.
Voting has now opened, and various groups, including the public, have a chance to way in. You can vote for your favorite toys online through Jan. 17, 2016.
Voting will close on Jan. 17, 2016, and winners will be announced on Feb. 12, 2016.
In order to be nominated for the awards, toys had to be available for sale with retailers in the United States before Nov. 17, 2015, and had to have been introduced into the marketplace in the last two years. The products also had to meet testing and safety standards.
In addition to the awards by category, two other honors are given: People’s Choice and overall Toy of the Year. Public voting determines the People’s Choice honor, while input from retailers, media and toy association members guide the overall award.
As such, Yellow Scope could be in the running for more than just the educational award.
To check out the educational category and vote, go to that category’s web page.
For more about Yellow Scope, visit the company’s website.
TIA’s annual toy awards, incidentally, are often called the Oscars of the toy industry, according to the association.