As the holiday gift buying gets into full swing, the good folks at Toy Insider share their top pics for STEM toys.

This week's STEMbassador is Ali Mierzejewski, the Editor-In-Chief of Toy Insider. She stopped by with some of Toy Insider's top pics for STEM fun.

"We start getting ideas about what manufacturers will be releasing for Christmas around October the year before" says Mierzejewski.

That's right, a full 15 months ahead of the holiday crush. Manufacturers begin their research and development several months before that.

You can imagine what it takes to bring a toy concept to market. Not only does its "purpose" have to be defined, but it has to look good and work well.

From an interactive globe that talks to digital environmental data gathering, to computer engineer Barbie, this year's cool STEM toys are heavy on "cool".

Find more on these top STEM toys as well as other helpful buying guides at

The Toy Insider

STEMbassadors, a part of our multi-year, multi-platform initiative called Growing Curiosity| Girls in STEM, is a weekly segment featured Friday at 7PM on WKYC that highlights women and girls doing great things in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).