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d’Vinci Interactive Captures Top Honors from Creative Child Magazine for K-12 Games

d’Vinci Interactive recently received the Top Educational Kids App and the Seal of Excellence from Creative Child Magazine for two educational games.

Challenge: Asteroids!, a game created for National Geographic Education that exposes students in grades 5-8 to exciting careers in engineering, was honored with the Childrens' App of the Year award. The browser-based game challenges students to take on the role of an engineer at SpaceWorks, an aerospace facility. Students play of the games by performing fun, self-directed missions. Through these engaging activities, students learn about aerospace engineering, and the differences between near-Earth objects like asteroids, comets, and meteoroids.

“In and Beyond Africa,” an online educational experience where students explore how Homo sapiens evolved in East Africa and across the globe, received the Preferred Choice Award in the Kids App Education category.

Created by d’Vinci for the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) in collaboration with The Smithsonian Institute, the interactive map and series of five eLearning activities allows learners to explore migration patterns that influenced genomic diversity. Activities include traveling an interactive timeline, testing tool making skills, controlling skin color variations and participating in eLearning games.

“The awards program has a mission to honor the very best in toys, games and youth entertainment products,” said Alisa Mirabal, Chief Operating Officer at Scooterbay Publishing, publisher of Creative Child Magazine. “Winning a Creative Child Award illustrates the manufacturers’ creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great production.” Each year, more than 50 moms and early education professionals are invited to review the latest and greatest products submitted by manufacturers. Unlike other review programs, moms are asked to evaluate each product thoroughly; allowing every product to receive multiple reviews. Entries are evaluated to recognize distinction and are judged against a high standard of merit in their category of entry- entries do not compete against each other.

This year’s awards program received nearly 600 product entries from over 250 companies. Based on the scores and comments from reviewers, products are then determined to be finalists for DVD, CD, Book, Game and Toy of the Year. Only one product per category can win, to uphold the historical standard of excellence that Creative Child represents. The remaining finalists may receive a prestigious Preferred Choice award or the Seal of Excellence based on their ability to exceed expectations for nurturing creativity and education in children.

About d’Vinci Interactive: d’Vinci Interactive (www.dvinci.com) creates websites, web and mobile applications and eLearning experiences for educational and training purposes. d’Vinci’s clients include the American Board of Pediatrics, the National Institutes of Health, the National Park Service, the Center on Congress at Indiana University, and many others. Since 1994, d’Vinci has served leading businesses, national associations and government agencies. d’Vinci is a wholly owned subsidiary of JPL (www.JPLcreative.com), a Pennsylvania based agency that provides creative marketing, internal communications and learning solutions to regional, national and global brands.

About Creative Child Magazine: Creative Child Magazine is a national monthly digital magazine that expands the definition of creativity by providing inspiration, originality and spontaneity for parents seeking resources. The magazine conducted its 14th annual awards competition this spring and is published by Scooterbay Publishing, Inc.

07/18/16