They’re often considered to be the “Oscars” of the toy industry, and on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, the next Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards will be distributed at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City as Toy Fair New York gets underway. After carefully examining hundreds of nominees, a panel of industry experts determined this year’s finalists in 16 categories. One winner in each category, along with the consumer-chosen People’s Choice award and the overall Toy of the Year Award will be presented in February. Now it’s your chance to vote for your favorites.

– Here are the nominees for STEM/STEAM Toy of the Year! –

Honoring toys that encourage kids to develop skills (foundational or curricular) in the core disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

TOTY 2020

Toy Insider 2019 Holiday Gift Guide STEM 10Amazing Rescue 50-piece Set (Magformers)

Kids can click together magnetic pieces to build a fire station and a fire truck. This set includes 24 magnetic pieces, two characters, and emergency vehicle accessories.
Ages: 3+, $59.99
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TOTY 2020

Toy Insider 2019 Holiday Gift Guide STEM 10

Artie 3000 (Educational Insights)

This coding/drawing robot features easy-to-use drag and drop programming and is compatible with a Mac, PC, or tablet. Kids can get creative by telling Artie what to draw next, while learning skills such as basic programming, geometry, and math.
Ages: 7+, $69.99
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Toy Insider 2019 Holiday Gift Guide Top Holiday Toys

Beaker Creatures Alien Experiment Lab (Learning Resources)

Kids can make their own Reactor Pods, soak their alien creatures in slime, and more. The 18-piece set includes mystery creatures, an experiment booklet with real science facts, and hands-on tools.
Ages: 5+, $19.99
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Toy Insider 2019 Holiday Gift Guide Top Holiday Toys

Crayola Color Chemistry Arctic Lab (Crayola)

Kids can explore color with 50 winter-themed science experiments, including 15 ready-to-go projects that don’t require any additional household items. Experiments include creating fake snow that grows on trees, color-changing, window-cling snowflakes, and more.
Ages: 7+, $29.99
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Toy Insider 2019 Holiday Gift Guide Top Holiday ToysGumball Machine Maker (Thames & Kosmos)

Kids learn physics concepts as they build their own gumball machine and watch the gumball perform stunts and tricks through trial-and-error experiments. Each segment of the track teaches a different lesson in mechanical physics.
Ages: 6+, $39.95
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Toy Insider 2019 Holiday Gift Guide STEM 10

LEGO Boost Star Wars Droid Commander (LEGO Systems)

Kids can download the LEGO BOOST Star Wars app and build three droids, including R2-D2. Travel to Star Wars locations in the app and code and command the droids to solve more than 40 challenging missions.
Ages: 8+, $199.99
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TOTY 2020

Mech-5 Mechanical Coding Robot (Elenco)

This mission-based, entry level robot is designed to inspire young engineers to learn about mechanical engineering principles and coding basics.
Ages: 10+, $39.95
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– VOTE NOW! –

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Public voting for the 2020 TOTY Awards is open to consumers, retailers, media, and members of The Toy Association through Jan. 5. For full details, rules, and additional information, please visit toyawards.org. Proceeds from the annual event benefit The Toy Foundation in its efforts to bring joy and comfort to children in need through the experience of toys and play.