Dark Bunny Needs Your Help!

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Dark Bunny​ Needs Your Help! is a new cooperative ARTHUR game.

Based on a video game that appears in an episode of ARTHUR, Dark Bunny brings players into the world of Dark Bunny – with Sue Ellen or Bionic Bunny as a sidekick – on a quest to save the people of The City from the bad energy of Dr. Aardvarkian.

Fly rocket scooters to collect fuel (and snacks!), protect others, and rescue citizens and pets who have been captured by the nefarious ne’er-do-well. This HTML5 game has one- and two-player modes, allowing for cooperation both between the characters AND between players.

So team up with Dark Bunny, Sue Ellen, and Bionic Bunny, and work together to defeat the infamous Dr. Aardvarkian once and for all!

You’ll find the game at: https://pbskids.org/arthur/games/dark-bunny

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Fidgit Power!

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Design Squad’s latest digital game, Fidgit Power!, has launched!

You can check it out on the Design Squad website or in the PBS Kids Games App, where it is debuted as Game of the Day.

In this HTML5 game, players create and test wind turbines that provide electricity in an environmentally responsible way for the places where our Fidgit characters live, work, learn, and play.

 

Congratulations to the tireless and creative team members who brought this concept to life: producer Louise, developer Dan, designer Nolan, senior producer Melissa, and production assistant Sienna! We also benefitted from support from Eric (developer), Jesse (designer), and Kimberlee (production assistant). A big thank you as well to project leader Marisa and our content advisors, Dr. Chris Whitbeck and Josh Watson!

 

Alexa, Play HEY ARTHUR!

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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.

First public demo of “Mission: Water”

“Mission: Water” – a Mixed Reality Experience for Middle School Classrooms.

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“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.