New Stuff for NASA

Our varied efforts for the NASA-funded Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms project have been newly added to PBS Learning Media.

We have a charming interactive story with Peep:

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A fun shadows and light game with Ruff:

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A cool, 3D Earth for an interactive, shadows exploration:

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And an interactive tool that lets you map the scale of the solar system to any point on the map:

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What a great team! Lizzy, Dan, Gentry, Jeff, Kennedy, Colin, Becca, Kal, Marnie, Jim and Bill. Thanks also, as always, to Pegeen, Rachel, Caitlin, Paula, Anne, Jake and the many others in the Education group.

And what a great legal notice! 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.

 

A Few Days in Armenia

 

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I was in Yerevan, Armenia this week to represent our work at an international media literacy conference #tvapatum18 along with representatives from Voice of America, Dutch and Armenia media, the Caucasus correspondent for the BBC in Tblisi, the Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics, the Newseum, Russian independent journalists and filmmakers, and the International Committee of the Red Cross. 

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You can see my impressions and personal travel blog here

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View story at Medium.com

 

Wild City Search

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The city is full of nature—you just have to know where to look! In the PLUM LANDING HTML5 game, Wild City Search, kids move around a virtual city block, interacting with natural and man-made elements. They can pick up trash, help a rabbit build a nest, create puddles by making it rain—and much more! 

Each interaction is rewarded with a seed, which kids can plant and tend in a virtual rooftop garden. As time goes by, day changes to night and back to day, plants grow, animals move around, and new interactions become possible.

It’s available now on pbskids.org and the PBS Kids Games App. Try it out – what city nature can you find? 

ARTHUR’s Animal Home Builder

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ANIMAL HOME BUILDER, our latest ARTHUR game, is available now on pbskids.org and the PBS Kids Games App. Based on a DIY curriculum, ANIMAL HOME BUILDER lets players help George build cozy areas for the various cats, dogs, rabbits, and birds that his friends bring in. Players select and paint walls, cut out doors, hammer down roofs, and choose accessories to make these animals as happy as they can be. 

Creaturizer hits 500K in downloads

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Boosted by sunshine and a large number of school downloads, our award-winning app for Plum Landing, Plum’s Creaturizer just rolled over 500,000 on the downloads odometer.

This is one of three free apps for Plum Landing designed and built by our inhouse team. The common goal of each is to get kids and families outside to have fun and practice some scientific critical-thinking skills.

The Creaturizer is available for Apple and Android devices.

Major funding for PLUM LANDING is provided by the National Science Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the Kendeda Fund. Additional funding is provided by the Northern Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.