Backyard Adventures in HTML5

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D.W. & Bud’s Backyard Adventure

Join D.W. and Bud on their Backyard Adventure as they make their way past trap doors, sliding walls, and lots of other obstacles… including snakes (why did it have to be snakes?). It’s an epic platformer adventure in which players invoke our characters’ powers of imagination, collaboration, and problem solving. D.W. and Bud need to work together to collect all the statue pieces and put them back together!

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Look out for hidden idols…

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The Backyard team: Gentry, Jeff, Dennis, Dan, Alan, Vanessa, Evan, Bill, & Belinda

Suite of HTML5 Digital Stories

Screen Shot 2013-10-15 at 8.27.42 AMBuilding on our MARTHA’S STORIES set of games and videos, we just launched a suite of 12 interactive non-fiction stories for MARTHA. Funded by Ready to Learn through PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, these digital narratives are designed to help kids (and their reading buddies) explore STEM vocabulary. The suite contains interactive narratives, review quizzes and a wide variety of touch-screen mechanics exploring everything from octopus camouflage to the history of gum.

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For more, see our Parent Guide.

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This work is also being field tested on Android tablets at the University of Maryland as part of a wider research project into vocabulary acquisition.

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The True Stories team includes: Laura, Bharat, Belinda, Bill, Dan, Tara, Frank, Jeff, Caroline, Li, Cassie, Jolin, Dennis, Kevin, Rebecca, Cecilia, Sara, Alicia and Alan.

ARTHUR Comics

Screen Shot 2013-10-21 at 7.45.03 PMJust launched is our first interactive ARTHUR comic. Based on an episode where Arthur takes a joke way too far and becomes a bully, this interactive retelling lets young readers and their reading buddies explore different characters’ points of view and discover alternative endings.

Part of a major research project with our friends at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development within the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development at Tufts University, this HTML5 project was generously funded by the Templeton Foundation and PBS.

GBH’s extended multidisciplinary team included Gentry, Mary, Jeff, Dennis, Bill, Dan, Carol, Vanessa, Erica, Sonja, Gail, Jesse, and Cyrisse.