We’re Hiring a Designer!

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We’re looking for an Associate Digital Designer who combines three core Practices

  • Visual Design — the fundamentals of composition, typography, graphic form, color theory, etc.
  • Animation Design — applying visual design principles across a timeline to create motion graphics and kinetic type
  • Production Design — mastery of Adobe Creative Suite and other essential design tools to output deliverables

… in service of three key Functions

  • Children’s Game Designer — apply educational and/or learning goals to engaging games for kids
  • Web Designer — design for websites, apps, social media, and other digital environments
  • Graphic Artist — create new graphics, either by manipulating existing or illustrating original art

For more, check out the full job description.

Moonlight Mazes!

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Today sees the launch of the latest ARTHUR HTML5 game, Moonlight Mazes!

Buster and D.W. are visiting the Read family farm, exploring the corn mazes at night. It’s your job to help them collect animals and rocks in each maze, but be careful: the mazes get harder as they go along.

So bring your sense of adventure (and your sense of direction) to explore the quiet wonder of nature at night! And in case you get nervous, rest assured that Buster and D.W. will be with you all the way!

The team includes Jeff (Design) who heads off this week to begin a career in teaching. We’ll miss you and all the great work you’ve done for ARTHUR and so many other projects. We also had Eric (Tech), Elizabeth & Kimberlee (Editorial), Kate (Business Manager), and Gentry (Producer).

You’ll find the game on the ARTHUR web site and in the PBS Kids Games App.

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Mission: Water – VR for classrooms

msvrpromographic3With classroom support materials newly launched at PBS LearningMediaMission: Water is Children’s Media and Education’s first virtual reality project.

It’s a pair of linked apps (one for VR headsets, one for desktop or tablet) offering middle school students a unique experience in the search for water in the solar system. The project includes a parallel experience to allow one player at a time to be an Explorer (wearing a VR head-mounted display).

Students also take turns serving as Mission Control, to collect data using a desktop computer, and as Navigator, guiding the Explorer in the physical space during the game. Players work together to review information and decide the optimal places in the solar system to collect water in support of a fictionalized mission.

The project’s free VR app was officially unveiled by Microsoft as part of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference – here is one high school teacher’s reaction to it: https://vimeo.com/344996078

ISTE_feedback from wgbhkids on Vimeo.

Molly Goes to the Kennedy Center

PBS KIDS will be demoing our Molly of Denali games as part of the 7th Annual ED GAMES EXPO – a ‘Showcase of Government Supported Educational Learning Games and Technologies.’

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DATE: Thursday, January 9, 2020, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

LOCATION: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St. NW, Washington, D.C.

RSVP: The Expo is free and open to the public. Attendees must RSVP online to gain entry

Dance Party!

The Pinkalicious Digital team has a new HTML5 game to share, and as you might imagine, we’re tickled pink about it!

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In PinkaDance, players explore different movements and types of music as they create their own dance moves with Pinkalicious and play freeze dance with Peter!

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Try your own dance moves and check out the game at PBS KIDS website or in the PBSKids Games App.

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Here’s a big pink cheer for the creative and dedicated team: Melissa at the helm; Jolin on development; Sophie on design with support from Becca; with Anessa and Sienna for production support; and on the TV team: Dorothea, Nicole, Anthony, and Kacie.

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