The Dublin-based toy company, Arckit has earned the industry’s first STEAM Stamp of Approval accreditation, courtesy of The Toy Association and The Good Play Guide, for both its Arckit GO Eco and Coastal Living construction kits.
Having been put through a rigorous series of testing at the hands of trained child research professionals and play experts, the STEAM Accreditation was awarded for the two play-sets, making Arckit the first company in the toy industry to receive its only official STEAM Stamp of Approval.
Arckit GO Eco encourages kids to freely explore a series of environmentally friendly architectural designs and construct their own super energy efficient houses. The kit has been developed for kids aged ten and upwards, encouraging them to learn about sustainable architectural design while using eco-friendly building methods and materials.
Arckit GO Eco is now billed as the perfect STEM and STEAM educational tool for boys and girls to be enjoyed at home as a step-up from building block toys or in the class room for school projects.
Meanwhile, Arckit Coastal Living targets budding architects aged seven and upwards, teaching them about life by the coast, marine quirks and designs. Arckit Coastal Living is billed as ‘a truly open-ended and hands-on design tool that allows budding architect boys and girls the freedom to explore and construct their own creations without restrictions,’ while also learning all about STEAM subjects through the multi-disciplinary medium of architecture.
“We are absolutely elated for Arckit to be the first company ever to receive the official STEAM Accreditation Stamp of Approval by the Toy Association of America and Dr. Amanda Gummer’s The GoodPlay Guide for our new GO Eco and Coastal Living kits,” said a member of the Arckit team.
“At the very heart of Arckit is an ‘open-ended’architectural model building tool that introduces a whole new method of learning and discovery while having fun building. Our aim is to encourage creative minds to think freely, develop essential practical and social skills and ultimately grow in confidence in order to be able to face new challenges.
“The STEAM Accreditation Seal initiative is without doubt a very significant milestone in the toy industry’shistory. It is one that will pave the way for all future toys and games seeking official STEAM certification as set out within the strict criteria of The Toy Association’s STEAM Toy Assessment Framework and which we are deeply honoured to be the first to receive.”
Dr Amanda Gummer, CEO and founder of the Good Play Guide, said: “Arckit GO Eco and Coastal Living are products that are truly deserving of an official STEAM Stamp of Approval.
“By receiving this first of its kind certification for toys and games, Arckit GO Eco and Living Series defines what it means to be a good STEAM toy – helping kids build essential skills in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and maths, while having fun in the process.”
Arckit GO Eco and Arckit Living Series were evaluated by theGood Play Guide’s team of experts, utilizing a detailed set of criteria defined by the US Toy Association’s “STEAM Toy Assessment Framework “which looks at attributes such as whether a toy or game is accessible, inclusive,incorporates real-world experiences, and encourages kids to explore, think logically, and more.”
The criteria also ensure that a toy supports one or more age-appropriate learning goals in at least two of the following subject areas – science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. The Accreditation programme has been established to help parents feel confident that they are providing their children with the best tools to build age-appropriate STEM/STEAM skills.