Entertaining and Educating with Digital Shenanigans of All Kinds
The kids team picked up three Kidscreen Awards at the 2016 annual event in Miami.
Congratulations go to the digital team responsible for these fine works:
and to Exec Producer Marisa Wolsky who oversees these important science projects.
Congrats also go to our pals at PBS KIDS for yet another channel-of-the-year win and to Chris Bishop and his team at PBS KIDS for best design.
… are the 42nd Annual EMMY nominations for childrens projects. This years nominations include our very own Plum Landing and Design Squad in the Outstanding New Approaches – Original Daytime Program or Series, Arthur for Outstanding Children’s Animated Program and many of our friends working on Wild Kratts, Peg+Cat, Odd Squad, Sesame Street, Dinosaur Train and Daniel Tiger.
An interview at GeekDad with our Design Squad Nation co-host.
Design Squad Nation’s Deysi Melgar joined us for a full-day photo shoot in our new studio. Images are for a forthcoming set of how-to photo guides for robot arms, confetti launchers and more.
Congratulations to umsamsav, age 11, whose design for Design Squad Nation got the most votes in our Top Builder: Rubber Band Power Challenge! Here’s what they have to say about it:
This is a rubber band powered boat. I made it by using an old chocolate carton, popsicle sticks, a rubber band, and cardboard. The rubber band propels the cardboard, therefore advancing the boat through the water. The more the rubber band is turned, the more potential energy it has, before placing in the water. When the boat is placed in the water, the rubber band unwinds, and makes the cardboard push the boat through the water. That is how my rubber band powered boat moves.
Our dynamic web site for Design Squad Nation is nominated again for an EMMY – having already won before.
Congratulations to all involved, at to our GBH colleagues for Arthur, Martha Speaks and Curious George nominations and to our many friends in the PBS KIDS system for theirs.
Bill spoke as keynote at ITK 2014, Finland’s biggest tech/ed conference. Following the Finnish Minster of Education – extolling Finland’s growing cloud-based educational services – Bill offered a digital ‘postcard from America’ and spoke about politics, culture wars, as well as trends in educational technology, multi-platform production and media literacy.
Between these two talks, and another to researchers plus a three-hour workshop Finns got a chance to see Plum Landing, Arthur, Peep, Curious George, Poisoner’s Handbook, Design Squad Nation and the Next Gen projects. This caps a year of collaborative projects between WGBH and a number of Finnish universities which has included exchange trips and the demoing and researching of our games in Finland.
Plum Landing prototypes were part of a presentation by our Finnish research partners from the Universities of Tampere and Jyväskylä.
Kids play Design Squad Games and Poisoner’s Handbook at a Finnish university open house.
There’s a lot of singing in Finland. These are the event’s main academic organizers.
Design Squad Nation is delighted to be recipients of a 2014 ON Award from Common Sense Media. As they say, “Common Sense Media’s ON for Learning Award is given to the very best in kids’ digital media.”
Congratulations to Marisa, Melissa, Tara, Sylvia, Mike, Abbie, Geoff, Eric, Marcy, Nate and Deysi, and the wider DSN team.