Top 20 STEM Toys for 2013
November 20, 2013

Independent consumer group, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, announces top STEM (science, tech, engineering and math) toys on their website,
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

“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.” 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)

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About Oppenheim Toy Portfolio (

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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Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on,,, Boing-Boing,, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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1 Comment »

  • stewbacca says:

    Why would the Lego Star Wars Headhunter be better than the Gunship or AT-TE or Jabbas Sail Barge or even Jeks Starfighter… Kind of just seems like an arbitrary list..

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