WGBH Kids Digital: Triple Threat

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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.

 

4-Star Review for Plum’s Creaturizer App

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We just found another great Common Sense Media review for a Plum Landing app, this time for our Creaturizer app. We also join their list of inspirational outdoor apps.

This free app has seen over 100,000 downloads and is part of our larger Plum Landing project at PBS KIDS.

This year Plum and her friends will be kicking into high gear with animation and digital shenanigans aimed at getting families in urban settings to find and enjoy nature, even in the bustling-est of towns and cities. Meanwhile, here are some highlights from that review:

Leave it to PBS Kids to create a fun way to spark kids’ imaginations, encourage creative and critical thinking, and get them outside. Other apps let kids get creative putting together whimsical creatures, monsters, or robots, but this one extends that creative fun, letting kids create a narrative around their creature.

They’ll think critically about where their creature would sleep, raise babies, keep warm, and more — as prompted by the missions — and then they can get out and about, observing the world around them. The commands are easy for kids to complete, and each mission can be completed pretty quickly.

Without any explicit instruction or vocabulary, kids learn about animals and their habitats. They’ll think about the creature they’ve made and decide where it lives, what it eats, and what it does, even tying physical traits (what does it do with its saw teeth?) into the missions.

Other Plum Landing reviews at Common Sense Media can be found in their pages about the main Plum Landing project and our Photo Hunt app.

 

Creaturizer!

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Go on a nature adventure with Plum’s Creaturizer! Kids and families can build wild creatures, then head outdoors to photograph them right in their own backyard. It’s part of PLUM LANDING, a PBS KIDS project that helps kids develop a love for this amazing, beautiful, and dramatic planet we call home.

Get if for free at iTunes!

Get if for free at Google Play!

The app provides opportunities for kids and their families to interact with nature in a thoughtful way and have fun exploring together.

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Features

  • Build a billion (really!) unique creatures using over a hundred body parts based on real animals.
  • Customize each creature’s body, head, legs, eyes, tail, wings, ears, horns, and skin.
  • Take photos of your creature outdoors, “photobombing” them into the scene.
  • Complete missions for each creature in which you consider its needs (habitat, diet, and adaptations).
  • Answer questions to get you thinking about how your creatures might live – how they hunt, eat, look for water, make homes, defend themselves, or raise their young.
  • Watch a slideshow featuring a day in the life of your creature.
  • Visit the gallery, displaying all your creatures, and add to, review, or edit your photos. Photos are saved to the in-app Gallery and your device’s camera roll.

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Major funding for PLUM LANDING is provided by the National Science Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the Kendeda Fund. Additional funding is provided by the Northern Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

New Batch of Plum Goodness!

With Earth Day looming, our purple alien Plum has let us launch a bunch of her new games.

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Break It Down takes us down to the forest floor to explore decomposition in a multi-stage HTML5 game of detritus, dead animals and rotting vegetation.

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Seed Racer brings a dizzying array of seeds, acorns and burrs into a dynamic game that shows how different seeds propagate. Look out for those crows – they may poop out raspberry seeds!

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Invaders! is our bustling invasive species game. More HTML5 fun, this time with a race to eliminate introduced or invasive species before they crowd out the native populations.

And that’s not all.

Our award-winning Photo Hunt app just added a whole bunch on new photobombs and a fabulous in-app Field Journal. Already voted Best Learning App by iKids, this free app just got a whole lot awesomer.

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Major funding for PLUM LANDING is provided by the National Science Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and The Kendeda Fund. Additional funding is provided by the Northern Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.

This PLUM LANDING material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DRL-1114515. 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 Science Foundation.

In Among the Soaps

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… 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.