DevelopHer Toy and Game Challenge launched to increase STEM experiences for young girls

By: InnovatioNews Wednesday May 21, 2014 0 comments Tags: Boulder, Carrie Van Heyst, STEM

BOULDER - Proponents of more STEM-based toys for young children - particularly girls - are promoting the DevelopHer Toy and Game Challenge kicked off this week at the 2014 National Center for Women & Information Technology Summit on Women and IT in California.

The DevelopHer Toy and Game Challenge builds off research indicating the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) toys for the education of children, particularly young girls.

"We designed DevelopHer Toy and Game Challenge to encourage designers, innovators, entrepreneurs and the industry as a whole to move faster to close the gap," said Carrie Van Heyst, DevelopHer co-founder.

"Based on our conversations with the industry, there's a growing recognition of the need to do more and market opportunity behind it. The question now is: Who will move the fastest?"

The DevelopHer Toy and Game Challenge is open to any individual or company (for-profit or non-profit) that has an idea or a prototype for a toy, game, app or video game that develops spatial skills and other abilities crucial for STEM fields and is designed to engage children, especially girls.

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