We’d like to thank the NETA Academy…


… for three dangerously heavy, but beautiful awards.

For Community Engagement – Community Impact with “Design Squad Global Clubs. “ 

For Instructional Media – Open Educational Resources with “Arthur Interactive Media (AIM) Buddy Project”  

For Instructional Media – Games & Apps with “Arthur Interactive Media (AIM) Buddy Project” 


Spooky Fun!

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“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.

Being a Friend

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A major suite of interactive ARTHUR comics just launched at PBS KIDS with terrific support materials at PBS LearningMedia.

With a formal name of the AIM Buddy Project, this is a supplemental social, emotional, and character development curriculum that uses interactive media, the characters from the PBS series ARTHUR, and cross-grade buddy pairs. Students partner with a buddy to work on interactive comics and games that focus on five important topics –empathy, honesty, forgiveness, generosity, and learning from others. As buddy pairs engage with the ARTHUR characters they talk about and reflect on things like feelings, perspective-taking, and problem-solving. Begin learning all about the AIM program by watching the Welcome to AIM video.

Use the Educator’s Guide & Videos resources to find everything you need to plan and implement the AIM program with your students. The Educator’s Guide will point you to the students’ Classroom Media (interactive stories and games).

Read the AIM Buddy Project Summary of Research Findings from the AIM research study conducted throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

Congratulations to Gentry and his team*, Mary and hers as well as to the many across WGBH and The Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University who made this project happen.

The Arthur Interactive Media (AIM) Buddy Project was made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

That Team: Gentry, Bill, Jolin, Caz, Dennis, Jeff, Jesse, Frank, Tara, Rick, Stefan, Laura, Lizzie, Hilary, Alan, Belinda & Andrew.


The latest ARTHUR game, D.W.’s Island Bugball, is now live!

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You can find it on the ARTHUR web site, and in the PBS Kids games app as the featured game.

 D.W.’s Island Bugball is a minigolf-style game celebrating D.W.’s birthday! In PLAY mode, players can enjoy the nine-hole bugball course, with the ability to adjust the difficulty level. In MAKE mode, players can create their own hole, customizing it however they want. Full of variability, and fun and challenging gameplay, D.W’s Island Bugball gives players the chance to experiment and test levels — and even offer challenges to their friends and family!

 Mad “Monster Island” props go out to Gentry (Senior Producer), Jeff (designer), Jolin (developer), and Mollie (production coordinator) for all their skill and creativity in bringing this game to life. Also, a big thanks to Tara (designer) and Alan for their support and guidance; and to Carol, Nicole, Deb and Tolon for providing great feedback along the way.

So, head on over to D.W.’s Island Bugball, and play a few rounds! 🙂