August 8, 2023 Long

Finalists Announced for “Educators Pick Best of STEM® 2023” Awards

Judges choose innovative STEM resources as finalists and thousands of STEM educators will choose the winners

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PORTLAND, Ore., Aug. 08, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Teich Group and Catapult X announce the finalists for 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.

Educator judges evaluated all product entries and selected the finalists listed below, and hundreds of thousands of STEM educators will select the winners in early August. Winners will be announced on August 18, 2023, just in time for schools and districts to review for the back-to-school season.

Led by Annie Galvin Teich, President of The Teich Group, this year’s judges included Dr. Linda Johnson-McClinton, Dr. Lance Brand, Dr. Jeffrey Crapper, Dr. Omah M. Williams-Duncan, Kim Collazo, Christina Wilson, Jamica Craig, and Erin Barr.

“This year, our seasoned award judges found additional innovation and deeper content alignment with new and developing technologies,” said lead judge Annie Galvin Teich. “Across multiple technology types, judges discovered excellence in a range of product characteristics, including alignment to standards and student engagement opportunities for what works best in classroom and lab settings.”

Educators Pick Best of STEM® 2023 Awards Finalists

Organization Product
Accelerate Learning Inc. Collaborate Science – ML-PBL Powered by Accelerate Learning
BirdBrain Technologies Finch Robot 2.0
BirdBrain Technologies Owlet Math Tools
BrainPOP BrainPOP Science
BrainPOP BrainPOP Science
Carolina Biological Supply Company 3-D Earth and Space Science Kits
Carolina Biological Supply Company CRISPR in a Box™ Kit
Carolina Biological Supply Company Carolina® Healthcare Simulations Kit Series: Blood Typing Kit
Carolina Biological Supply Company Smithsonian Science for the Classroom
Carolina Biological Supply Company Building Blocks of Science 3D
Carolina Distance Learning® Carolina Distance Learning® Online Gateway HyFlex’s CS Connections – Coding with Poetry module’s CS Connections Curricula’s CS Connections – Simulating a Marine Ecosystem Culturally Responsive 6-12 Curriculum
CodeMonkey CodeMonkey
Discovery Education STEM Careers Coalition
Discovery Education Science Techbook from Discovery Education
Ellipsis Education Ellipsis Education
Ellipsis Education Ellipsis Education
ExploreLearning ExploreLearning Gizmos
ExploreLearning ExploreLearning Gizmos
ExploreLearning ExploreLearning Frax
ExploreLearning ExploreLearning Reflex
Generation Genius Generation Genius
HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology FILTERED
JASON Learning Beyond the Water Bottle: Minimizing Microplastic Pollution
JASON Learning Pathways to Success
Avantis Education Eduverse
Learning Undefeated Breakout Box: Body Systems Mission
McGraw Hill ALEKS McGraw Hill ALEKS
Ozobot Evo
PASCO Scientific PASCO Academy
PASCO Scientific Meter Stick Optics Complete System
PASCO Scientific Coding with Vehicle Sensor Technologies Kit
Pitsco Education LUMA
Pitsco Education Drone Maker Kit
Realityworks ECG Simulators
SAE International A World In Motion® (AWIM®)
SAE International A World In Motion® (AWIM®)
Sphero, Inc. Sphero Blueprint Build Kit
STEM Sports® STEM Sports® Supplemental Curriculum

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

About Catapult X
Founded by Daylene Long, Catapult X is a market and product development company that consults exclusively with science and STEM/STEAM education industry partners—organizations, businesses, and associations—to catapult their brand and products forward by using data-driven insights.

Long catapults brand, product, and sales growth through alignment of data and strategy, using progressive research techniques and customer discovery. Long publishes national surveys on STEM education and STEM marketing infographics to guide edtech marketers across the globe. Long is an affiliate member of the Council of State Science Supervisors, a member of NSELA, and a twenty-year member of NSTA. Long connects her clients to administrators, educators, distributors, and media to build strong global partnerships.

About MCH Strategic Data
MCH Strategic Data is a first-class leading provider of data and technology solutions in education, religion, healthcare and government. MCH is dedicated to providing superior solutions through its ongoing investment in people, data and technology. Learn more at or find them on TwitterFacebook, or LinkedIn.

About NSTA
The National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) is a vibrant community of 40,000 science educators and professionals committed to best practices in teaching science and its impact on student learning. NSTA offers high-quality science resources and continuous learning so that science educators grow professionally and excel in their career. For new and experienced teachers alike, the NSTA community offers the opportunity to network with like-minded peers at the national level, connect with mentors and leading researchers, and learn from the best in the field. For more information, visit, or follow NSTA on TwitterFacebookInstagramYouTube, and LinkedIn.

About NABT
Since being established in 1938, the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) has been the recognized “leader in life science education.” Thousands of educators have joined NABT to share experiences and expertise with colleagues from around the globe; keep up with trends and developments in the field; and grow professionally. For more information about NABT, please visit

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Applications open May 1, 2024 for Best of STEM!