“Arthur’s Tricks and Treats” combines the thrills of Halloween with systems thinking! Arthur is giving out treats, and it’s the player’s job to help him dole out each trick-or-treater’s requests. Sounds simple? It is! However, what would Halloween be without tricks? Once the scary spiders, spooky ghosts, annoying bats, and eerie power outages appear, it’s a true challenge to juggle everything — but careful planning can help lead to a new high score! Bonus: to be accessible to players of different abilities, this game is self-leveling! The better a player does, the harder the game gets, and vice versa. So give it a try — if you dare…
Arthur’s Tricks and Treats will launch October 20 in the PBS Games App.
Congratulations to the digital team: Gentry, Jeff, Sophie, Alan, Jolin & Hilary.
Everyone’s favorite canine returns this week to star in THE RUFF RUFFMAN SHOW, an all-new short-form animated PBS Kids multiplatform series designed to help kids ages 4-8 learn core science concepts through videos, a new website with digital games, a new photo app, and hands-on activities as part of the Ready to Learn grant program from the Department of Education.
In each video, Ruff, along with his assistants Blossom and Chet, answers questions from real kids, takes on challenges, and learns the value of perseverance—all while modeling science inquiry skills. All 20 videos of the show are available on PBS Kids digital platforms, including the free PBS KIDS Video App and pbskids.org.
The videos roll out on the PBS Kids YouTube channel has begun, and segments from the series are airing on the new PBS Kids 24/7 channel and live stream this fall.
The free app, Photo Stuff With Ruff, is available in the main app stores.
Resources for educators abound at PBS LearningMedia.
Many were involved including Carol, Marcy, Jess, Nicole, Mia and Deb on the animation side with many more on the digital side: Bill, Melissa, Kit, Tara, Anessa, Elizabeth, Gentry, Louise, Jesse, Stefan, Sophie, Elles, Carlyn, Jolin, Kal, Colin, Kevin, Jay, Ken, Carl, Alan, Glen Berger, and Jim Conroy.
The votes are in for our latest Top Builder challenge: benjakov’s DIY instrument is the tops! He used cardboard, rubber bands, a shoe box, pencils, and a paper towel tube to make a guitar. This player’s design earned the most community votes and Top Builder status on the Design Squad Global website.
Our latest app for Plum Landing is a bit different.
Designed for classroom use and built in Unity, it features a navigable island in which players explore Land and Water (with a grade 2 curriculum.)
Journey around the island and pick up trash to unlock information about specific landforms and water bodies which includes videos and ground-level and aerial images. Students use the game and associated supports to observe, identify, and record characteristics of common landforms and water bodies as they navigate and represent the landscape from an aerial perspective on a map.
Support materials are at PBS LearningMedia where you can find a desktop version of the app that’s suitable for Chromebooks as well as a Background Essay, and Teaching Tips.
This resource was developed through WGBH’s Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms project, in collaboration with NASA. Click here for the full collection of resources.
App Team: Dan, Lizzy, Bill, Jeff, Sophie, Gentry, Alan, and Mariee with game design advice from Nicolas and tremendous support from Rachel, Laura and the rest of this project’s education team.
The material contained in this product is based upon work supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award No. NNX16AD71A. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Thanks to the generous funding support from the Heising-Simons Foundation, EDC, SRI, and WGBH team up once again to explore family engagement around preschool mathematics! This time around we’ve focused on the math concepts of spatial thinking and navigation.
Introducing: Gracie & Friends Map Adventures!
In Gracie & Friends Map Adventures, two players navigate maps and visit landmarks together! Take your pictures and explore the excitement of the farm and city. Dress up with cows, put together dinosaur bones, dig in the sandbox, and dance with disco chickens. Try not to scare the goats in the Goat Challenge!
This app is full of games and activities that support parents and their preschoolers playing together. The app also contains a Family Fun Guide that shares a bunch of activity ideas for at-home and on-the-go fun and learning. You can find more information at First8Studios.org.
Many thanks to the families and preschool classrooms that partnered with us to bring to life the new spatial thinking and navigation resources and the Gracie & Friends Map Adventures app!