Pinkatastic Stickers!

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Help Pinkalicious and Peterrific create and play with animated stickers in our brand new Pinkatastic Stickers HTML5 game! Draw and color your own stickers, and play with character stickers in five unique settings. Then, watch your stickers come to life as they animate in your finished picture.

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First public demo of “Mission: Water”

“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.

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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 

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We’re hiring a Senior Digital Producer to make games and apps!

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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.

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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.

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.

 

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.