Molly Podcast in Fast Company

Great write-up of our new Molly of Denali podcast in Fast Company, “While everyone loves a good mystery, what makes this podcast (and TV series) truly groundbreaking is that all the indigenous characters are voiced by indigenous actors, and Alaska Native voices are featured across the production, including in story development and creative direction. The theme song, which is featured in the PBS KIDS series and podcast, is sung by members of the Yupik Alaska Native band Pamyua, with music from Gwich’in fiddler Brennan Firth.”

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Subscribe to the podcast here.

Dark Bunny Needs Your Help!

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Dark Bunny​ Needs Your Help! is a new cooperative ARTHUR game.

Based on a video game that appears in an episode of ARTHUR, Dark Bunny brings players into the world of Dark Bunny – with Sue Ellen or Bionic Bunny as a sidekick – on a quest to save the people of The City from the bad energy of Dr. Aardvarkian.

Fly rocket scooters to collect fuel (and snacks!), protect others, and rescue citizens and pets who have been captured by the nefarious ne’er-do-well. This HTML5 game has one- and two-player modes, allowing for cooperation both between the characters AND between players.

So team up with Dark Bunny, Sue Ellen, and Bionic Bunny, and work together to defeat the infamous Dr. Aardvarkian once and for all!

You’ll find the game at: https://pbskids.org/arthur/games/dark-bunny

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Fidgit Power!

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Design Squad’s latest digital game, Fidgit Power!, has launched!

You can check it out on the Design Squad website or in the PBS Kids Games App, where it is debuted as Game of the Day.

In this HTML5 game, players create and test wind turbines that provide electricity in an environmentally responsible way for the places where our Fidgit characters live, work, learn, and play.

 

Congratulations to the tireless and creative team members who brought this concept to life: producer Louise, developer Dan, designer Nolan, senior producer Melissa, and production assistant Sienna! We also benefitted from support from Eric (developer), Jesse (designer), and Kimberlee (production assistant). A big thank you as well to project leader Marisa and our content advisors, Dr. Chris Whitbeck and Josh Watson!

 

Young People in World War 2

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Although I share our work here from time to time, I don’t often get to share a project that is so personally meaningful. We’ve just produced, with a partnership with The International Museum of World War II, an interactive experience using artifacts from the museum. It’s for high school students to let them explore the wartime experiences of young people.

It is available for free to schools through PBS LearningMedia.

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While we had fabulous access to artifacts from the Museum’s extensive collection, and conducted our own photo shoots, we were able to add a few additional pieces. These additions include a love story played out across correspondence between the parents of my friend and co-worker Cyrisse and, eagle-eyed among you may recognize, my mum, Hazel who was, along with her sister Josephine, in the WAAF, the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force.

The project is fully responsive for desktop or mobile, and is keyboard accessible for those with motor or vision challenges.

This was both a delightful and important project to work on and its extensive list of credits shows the care we were able to take in getting expert advice, period music, terrific design, thoughtful tech, and teacher feedback as we were putting this together.

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Spring Finally Sprunging

Good to see we can take advantage of our big windows to grow some plants.

For those playing along at home, we’re growing:

-Parsley and rosemary (as transplants)
-Basil, chives, garlic chives, and salad mix (from seed)
-Thyme, oregano, arugula, scallions, shiso (just started seeds)

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