Adventerra Games has won two “Brain Toy’ Awards from Academics’ Choice, which honors mind-building media and toys.
Here’s how the group and its awards work:
Academics’ Choice Awards™ help parents and educators validate claims such as “critical thinking” and “educational toy” with a qualified, scientific and objective approach to evaluation. Academics’ Choice Awards™ bring recognition to the best thinking-based products in the industry.
Our mission: to help buyers find the best brain-boosting material on the market. We help parents and teachers distinguish between “class-time fillers” and genuinely effective learning tools that stimulate the mind and provide potential for the student to fully develop higher order thinking skills.
Academics’ Choice is the only international awards company designed to bring increased recognition to publishers, manufacturers, independent authors and developers that aim to stimulate cognitive development. A panel of highly qualified academics, parents, teachers, homeschoolers and children evaluate products based on educational benefits such as higher-order thinking skills, character building, creative play, durability and originality. Only the genuine “mind-builders” are recognized with the coveted Academics’ Choice Award™.
Our team at Adventerra Games was excited to read the comments from the panel of testers for each game:
Global Warning Review Highlights:
Global Warning is an educational board game about environmental awareness. Topics such as smog, greenhouse gases, recycling, composting, fuel efficient vehicles and renewable energy were covered during play. The format of the game was unique but not too difficult to get started with my 10- and 12-year-old boys. After about 5 minutes they both started applying the content on the cards to the world around them. I sat back and listened as they slowly internalized the idea that the earth is a living entity and we need to take care of it like we take care of ourselves. Although my older one rambled off his list of “facts” he already knew about why the world was going to end soon, the cards helped to keep the conversation grounded and solutions were offered at every turn. We enjoyed the game together and learned a lot about the many environmental problems we face today.
What a great game! I think I learned more about the earth’s problems than my kids did. It took a few minutes to get started but once I understood the local and global numbers and how that worked, we were ready to play. This game gave us so many facts about the problems of our earth today, it was a bit disturbing. Interestingly enough though, after playing the game, my kids wanted to check and make sure there was no paper or cardboard in the garbage can. I think they got the message! I highly recommend this game to any parents teaching their kids about current environmental issues.
The game develops teamwork, cooperation, problem solving, critical thinking, decision making, and provides near endless amounts of information about environmental problems.
I liked the theme of the game. My boys were able to read each card and learn so much during each turn of the game. I liked the thoroughness of each fact on the playing cards. I also enjoyed the fact that we were learning so much about global warming and climate change in a board game!Read the full review of Global Warning by Academics’ Choice Awards
WaterGame Review Highlights:
This game teaches and reinforces how we can save more water and the importance of water conservation. Practiced skills include communication, negotiation, and basic math (addition). The concept of scarcity is also covered.
My 9-year-old and I sat down to play Water Game and had a good time. The directions were tough to follow at first, but we figured it out after rereading a few times. The game was simple in its basic roll the die, move and take a card, but the content of the game was great. My boy knew answers on the “?” cards and felt more connected to water conservation after getting the answers correct. We talked about the importance of saving water and the little things we can do to make a difference. We also talked about the importance of extra water needed due to all of the California fires. Great game! Nice work!
I would have used this game for my unit on water a few years back. I think my third graders would have loved it. Although I don’t teach any more, I know this game would be loved by students and you could use it as a supplemental source or even a rainy day recess. What a great way to teach about the importance of saving water!Read the full review of WaterGame by Academics’ Choice Awards
We liked how original the theme of the game is, as well as the picture quality on the board.
Thanks to Academics’ Choice for the honors and for the wonderful comments from its panel!