Smithsonian Science Education Center Honored for “Best Mobile Sites & Apps” in the 20th Annual Webby Awards

April 11, 2016
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The Smithsonian Science Education Center announced today that it has been honored for “Best Mobile Site & Apps” in the 20th Annual Webby Awards for its app, Morphy. Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by the New York Times, the Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet.

IADAS, which nominates and selects the Webby Award winners, is composed of Web-industry experts, including David Karp, Tumblr founder; Piera Gelardi, executive creative director at Refinery29; Questlove & Grimes, musicians; Eva Chen, head of fashion partnerships at Instagram; Biz Stone, Twitter co-founder; Jimmy Kimmel; and Steve Wilhite, creator of the .gif file format.

Morphy is a life-science game that teaches students how animals use external structures to support survival and behavior in their natural habitats. Morphy was developed with Filament Games along with three other educational game apps, BumperDucks, Disaster Detector and Showbiz Safari.

“Honorees like the Smithsonian Science Education Center are setting the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet,” said David-Michel Davies, executive director of the Webby Awards. “It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the nearly 13,000 entries we received this year.”

The Morphy app is available for download for free on the Apple App Store, Google Play and the Web by visiting www.ssec.si.edu/game-center.

About the Smithsonian Science Education Center

The mission of the Smithsonian Science Education Center (formerly the National Science Resources Center) is to improve K–12 teaching and learning of science for all students in the United States and throughout the world. The center is nationally and internationally recognized for the quality of its programs and its impact on K­­–12 science education.

About the Webby Awards

Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by the New York Times, the Webby Awards are the leading international awards honoring excellence on the Internet. Established in 1996, the Webby Awards received nearly 13,000 entries from all 50 states and more than 70 countries worldwide this year. The Webby Awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS).

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