From left: Kevin O’Hanlon (Entertainment Software  Association), Dov Jacobson and Jesse Jacobson (GamesThatWork), Ed Metz (US Dept. of Education)  and a few of the children   Photo: Cynthia Cephas

Brush Up Wins Prize at US Government Expo:
Toothbrushing is Children’s Favorite Game


Washington DC - Dec 15 2016


Children learn from games. Each year the US Education Department (ED) brings America’s best learning games to Washington at the ED Games Expo. This year, hosted by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), more than fifty game studios demonstrated over eighty learning games. 

The ED Games Prize winners are awarded by school age children who play all the Expo games. From all the learning games made with government funding, the children chose Brush Up, the toothbrush training game. Brush Up was originally supported by the NIH’s National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research.

This enthusiastic response by children complements that of public health scientists who awarded Brush Up the 2015 Innovation prize at the authoritative Institute of Medicine.

Brush Up is available now on the App Store and Google Play Store or at



GamesThatWork is an Atlanta-based studio and Georgia Game Developers Association member that creates evidence-based games to help players realize their full potential in many domains. Independent since 1996, it solves complex problems for health, corporate and government entities. Successful partners include NIH, NSF, AT&T, Boeing and DARPA.


The SGVE Arcade and Showcase is the annual games for health competition held during the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare. This year’s event was held in San Diego.



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