Mission: Water – our new VR experience

Dan, Kennedy, Jeff, Sophie, and Lizzy attended the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference in Philadelphia from June 23-25.

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They presented their virtual reality game, “Mission: Water,” under the umbrella of Microsoft’s presence at the conference.

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The ISTE Conference was very successful: close to 100 people demoed the game or chatted with the team about the project. Many educators and technologists expressed their excitement for the game and for the lesson plan, which will be published on PBS LearningMedia this fall. The team is very excited for the positive response and is looking forward to the official launch of all of the resources later this year.

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The VR game is available already here for free.

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The WGBH team, led by Bill Shribman, has been collaborating with Microsoft for the last year developing this game for a middle school classroom. The game consists of two networked apps: one VR game and one HTML5 game, both connected and communicating to each other.

In the experience, two players need to work together to travel through the solar system and collect samples of water at three destinations. The water samples provide data for the students to analyze and compare, and then the students can discuss which location provides the most abundant and accessible forms of water.

One high school teacher reacted to playing this as follows, talking about the children she teaches:

 

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!

 

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? 

Fidgits to the Rescue

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Today the Design Squad team launched our latest game: Fidgits to the Rescue! Players step into the role of first responders as they design ways to deliver emergency supplies to our Fidgit characters after a natural disaster.

(Also coming soon to the PBS KIDS Games App!)

A BIG thanks to the incredibly creative & dedicated team who made this happen: on development, Kal; Stefan and Tara on design; Louise and Lizzy for production support; and project leader, Marisa. And this awesome team is led by Melissa. 

 

Plum Fun for Earth Day

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Nature Changer – Plum’s biggest game yet! Play as 30 different animals (from grasshopper to shark!) and customize game mechanics like speed, number of predators, and goals for an almost infinite amount of combinations

Plum’s Creature Connector, a series of globetrotting ecosystem puzzles inspired by “escape room” adventure games 

Thank you to Melissa as producer, devs Kit and Kal; Tara and Stefan on design; Bill, Louise, and Allison for production support; and our project leader, Marisa. 

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