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Sphero Blueprint Build Kit wins Best of STEM award 2023 for CTE Champion - Mechanical Engineering

Innovative STEM products chosen as best-in-class for teaching and learning

(Portland, OR) August 21, 2023 – The Teich Group and Catapult X announce the winners of  the Educators Pick Best of STEM® 2023 Awards, the only awards program judged by STEM educators. The awards program, operated in partnership with the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) and MCH Strategic Data, and for the first time this year with the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT), spotlights innovative products, technologies, and services that are changing the world of STEM education.

These STEM products were subject to a two-part evaluation process. First, by an expert panel of judges including Dr. Linda Johnson-McClinton, Dr. Lance Brand, Dr. Jeffrey Crapper, Dr. Omah M. Williams-Duncan, Kim Collazo, Christina Wilson, Jamica Craig, and Erin Barr. Once judges selected the finalists, more than 267,000 STEM educators were given the opportunity to evaluate the finalists via survey. 

“The number of remarkable products and the degree of innovation made an enormous impression on the judges,” said Annie Galvin Teich, president of The Teich Group and lead judge. “Educators value the alignment with NGSS standards, the use of simulations, instructional support for teachers, and the flexibility of implementation for different modes of instruction across all STEM topics.”

Educators Pick Best of STEM® 2023 Awards Winners


Best Educator Support for Teaching & Learning


BrainPOP Science

Best Freebies for STEM Careers

STEM Careers Coalition (Discovery Education)

Best Freebies for STEM Curriculum Integration

FILTERED (HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology)

Best Innovation for 2023

ExploreLearning Frax

Best Integration of English Language Arts (STEAM)

CS Connections—Coding with Poetry Module (

Best of STEM: Computer Science Grades PK– 5


Best of STEM: Computer Science Grades 6–12            

LUMA (Pitsco Education)

Best of STEM: Culturally Relevant Teaching Grades K–5

STEM Sports® Supplemental Curriculum

Best of STEM: Culturally Relevant Teaching Grades 6–12 Culturally Responsive 6–12 Curriculum

Best of STEM: Most Comprehensive Culturally Relevant Teaching

Smithsonian Science for the Classroom (Carolina Biological)

Best of STEM: Engineering Project Kit

Drone Maker Kit (Pitsco Education)

Best of STEM: Engineering Inquiry-Based Program

A World in Motion (SAE International)

Best of STEM: Environmental Science

CS Connections—Simulating a Marine Ecosystem (

Best of STEM: Life Sciences   

Breakout Box: Body Systems Mission (Learning Undefeated)

Best of STEM: Phenomena-Based Teaching Grades K-5

Collaborate Science ML-PBL Powered (Accelerate Learning)

Best of STEM: Phenomena-Based Teaching Grades 6-8

BrainPOP Science

Best of STEM: Physics

Meter Stick Optics Complete System (PASCO Scientific)

Best of STEM: Robotics: Most Innovative

Evo (Ozobot)

Best of STEM: Robotics: Most Flexible Implementation

Finch Robot 2.0 (BirdBrain Technologies)

Best of STEM: Video-Based Learning

PASCO Academy (PASCO Scientific)

Bridging the Gap—Adaptive Technology

ALEKS (McGraw Hill)

Bridging the Gap—English Language Learners: Multiple Language Support

Bridging the Gap—English Language Learners: Science & Literacy

Building Blocks of Science 3D (Carolina Biological)

Bridging the Gap—Math Intervention Resources

ExploreLearning Reflex

CTE Champion: Mechanical Engineering

Sphero Blueprint Build Kit

CTE Champion: Career Explorations

Pathways to Success (JASON Learning)

CTE Training: Health Science—ECG Training

ECG Simulators (Realityworks)

CTE Training: Health Science—Training Kits

Carolina® Healthcare Simulations Kit Series (Carolina Biological)

Social Impact Award: Developing Citizen Scientists

Beyond the Water Bottle: Minimizing Microplastic Pollution (JASON Learning)

Trailblazer Award: Hybrid Learning Superhero

Carolina Distance Learning® Online Gateway

Trailblazer Award: Early Learning Grades PK–5

CS Connections Curricula (

Trailblazer Award: Immersive Reality

Eduverse (Avantis Education)

Trailblazer Award: Inspiring Computational Thinking

Ellipsis Education

Trailblazer Award: Cross-Curricular Coding     

Coding with Vehicle Sensor Technologies Kit (PASCO Scientific)


STEM educators interested in becoming a judge for the Educators Pick Best of STEM® 2024 Awards should contact Teich at For more information about the awards program, visit

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