Quick ‘n dirty, candy corn high-speed VR game building on our recent VR work with Microsoft and NASA.
Team: Dan & Sophie.
Development time: approx 1 day for first playable prototype.
Get ready for adventure with Molly of Denali from PBS KIDS! In this free app, kids ages 4-8 can explore places in Molly’s Alaskan village, Qyah, and its forests, lakes, and wildlife.
Go on dog sledding missions, fish, create beading projects or help run the Denali Trading Post while using familiar texts such as books, diagrams, and captioned photos to gain information to help them solve problems, accomplish tasks, and help Molly’s friends and family!
Explore Qyah with Molly, Tooey, Trini and more. The educational games help kids learn about nature, Alaskan culture and more through mini games and interactive activities.
The educational games in the Molly of Denali app are designed to support foundational literacy skills.
MOLLY OF DENALI FEATURES:
TEACHING GAMES FOR KIDS
• Crafting Alaskan Native beadwork
• Fishing games
• Dog sledding games
• Virtual village trading post
EXPLORATION AND EDUCATION
• Blueberry picking for Molly’s dad
• Snowball fights with Trini and Tooey
• Drumming with Grandpa Nat
• Viewing wildlife
• And more!
FUN LEARNING GAMES
• Kids from ages 4-8 can get a fun introduction to familiar informational texts and their features
• Learn vocabulary, reading field guides, recipes and maps
• Reading games with diagrams, indexes and captions
• Learn about dog sledding, sustainable fishing, traditional Alaska Native arts
EXPLORE A UNIQUE CULTURE
• Learn about Alaska Native values with a focus on community and traditions
• Language lessons for Alaska Native phrases (i.e. “Mahsi-choo!”)
Visit pbskids.org/molly for more Molly of Denali videos, games, and activities.
Molly of Denali™ Produced by WGBH Boston, Molly of Denali is an action-adventure comedy that follows the adventures of curious and resourceful 10-year-old Molly Mabray, an Alaska Native girl. Molly of Denali is the first nationally distributed children’s series in the U.S. to feature an Alaska Native lead character.
Molly of Denali is designed to help kids ages 4-8 develop knowledge and skills for interacting with informational texts through video content, interactive games, and real-world activities. In each episode, Molly’s life and adventures are enhanced, illuminated, and broadened by using and creating a variety of informational texts, including books, online resources, field guides, historical archives, indigenous knowledge from elders, maps, charts, posters, photos, and more.
About PBS KIDS
Molly of Denali is part of PBS KIDS’ ongoing commitment to helping kids build the skills they need to succeed in school and in life. PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers children ages 2-8 the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, digital media and community-based programs. PBS KIDS and local stations across the country support the entire ecosystem in which children learn, including their teachers, parents and community.
Gather up your family and friends for the newest PINKALICIOUS AND PETERRIFIC game!
Players take turns completing silly challenges that the whole family can enjoy. Sing, dance, act, and draw – and maybe even get a unicorn challenge!
If you have the FreeTime Unlimited Service from Amazon, try our brand new Alexa skill! It’s called “Hey Arthur!” and it features jokes, tips, trivia, and even exercise routines with Arthur, Muffy, and Buster!
You can find over two hours of audio fun in the current version, and there’ll be double that with our Version 2 upgrade this spring.
The ARTHUR Alexa team includes Bill, Gentry, Sienna, Jeff#1, Lizzy, Tina, Jeff#2, Jon, Deb, Nicole, Madeleine, Bob, Terry, Carol, Evie, Alan and our pals at QCatalyst.
“Mission: Water” – a Mixed Reality Experience for Middle School Classrooms.
Demo at SMASH 2018.
“Mission: Water” is a pair of linked Microsoft’s Mixed Reality apps offering middle school students a unique experience in the search for water in the solar system. Under development here at WGBH with teams from WGBH Children’s Media and Education and WGBH Digital Services, the project is at a prototyping stage ahead of classroom testing this fall and deployment early next year.
Using beautiful 3D imagery this app creates an experience designed for the classroom.
The apps include a parallel experience to allow one player at a time to be the explorer (wearing the Mixed Reality head-mounted display) and other another student or students to act as “Mission Control” using desktop computers, guiding the explorer and reviewing data collected during the game.
Players work in tandem to collaborate and review data in order to discuss and decide the optimal places in the solar system to collect water in support of a fictionalized mission.
The apps will be available for free in 2019 through Microsoft’s app store. Supporting content will be available for free through PBS LearningMedia. Generous funding is provided by Microsoft.
Production Team: Dan Hart, Kennedy Bailey, Jeff Bartell, Sophie Calhoun, Elizabeth Walbridge, and Bill Shribman
PBS LearningMedia: Dr. Rachel Connolly, Jake Foster, Caitlin Steer and Pegeen Wright
External Advisor: Dr. Jim Green, Planetary Science Division Director, Office of the Associate Administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate
Here’s where to apply.
Please note we are not looking for video producers or video editors, per se. This posting is for digital games and app production and so we’re looking for experience there.
WGBH Children’s Media department is an international leader in creating compelling educational and engaging media for a wide variety of audiences. The group develops content for all major platforms and, please note, this position is focused on digital games development. The department’s work in digital reaches a huge online and mobile audience, in and out of homes and classrooms.
The work we produce is of the highest caliber and the team that makes these games and related content is proud of their reach, their demonstrated learning outcomes, and humbled by the many awards won. This vibrant digital work for kids keeps public media relevant in the 21st century and the collaborative, team-based approach to creating these products – and makes WGBH a dynamic, friendly and exciting place to work. The team also partners with learning scientists to build the research base for understanding early learning with interactive technology.
This position would be in the Children’s Media department, mostly supporting a variety of digital kids apps and game-based projects.
We are looking for a Senior Digital Producer to join our Children’s Media and Education team at WGBH. You will be producing educational games, rich-media interactive features and supporting content for two or more of our award-winning children’s properties. Our audiences are kids and adults, formal and informal educators, funders and partners, clients and distributors. We publish to desktop, mobile and many other interactive platforms. The senior producer’s task is to oversee the team, staffing, budgets, interns, grant deliverables, partners relationships and schedules and to bring these projects in on time and on budget and at an industry-leading level of quality.
Working with executive producers and staff in other departments within WGBH, you will produce and manage several projects in a senior leadership role. You will contribute to design, editorial and strategic planning processes but ultimately your job is not to design, write or code but to produce, managing editorial, design and technical staff as needed. You will be responsible for the budgeting, scheduling and management of resources needed and you will work with colleagues to assure your projects meet all appropriate deadlines.
With appropriate support from WGBH, you will be required to work in a way that is compliant with all Federal regulations relating both to budgetary compliance and to FTC and FCC rules about multimedia and children.
Senior Digital Producers may also manage user testing, write proposals, oversee vendor or freelance partners, manage junior staff and interns, report to funders, and direct photography, video or voice-over sessions. Typical duties for a digital producer will vary by project.
The Senior Digital Producer has a key role in creating and sustaining a vision for any digital product, whether it’s a web site, a web game or an app, especially in maintaining narrative and educational integrity amidst the many constraints and competing priorities of a typical project.
To see a range of the team’s recent work or learn more about the team please explore this blog and be prepared to discuss our work should you be selected for an interview.
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.
We’ve reviewed and published over 6,000 photos from kids using our award-winning (and free!) Plum’s Photo Hunt app.