PBS KIDS and Dinosaur Train turned to Smashing Ideas to design and build a cross platform, Transmedia suite of educational math games complete with a story narrative to help bring the characters to life in Dinosaur Train’s Troodon Town. The Suite includes an online game and two mobile games. Buddy’s Gem Hunt (online) is a two-dimensional shape recognition game where kids sort by shape, size, and color. Dinosaur Train Camera Catch (for iPhone) is a virtual reality game that challenges kids to snap pictures of flying dinosaurs to complete patterns. All Aboard The Dinosaur Train (for iPad) is an educational problem solving game where kids are asked to estimate and match dinosaur sizes to the correct train cars’ capacity. The game can be played by one player or collaboratively in a two-player mode.
PBS KIDS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) in a first-time collaboration with Head Start centers and other community-based organizations will make the Dinosaur Train math apps available at no cost to help increase access to educational children’s mobile content in underserved communities.
The project was funded by a Ready To Learn grant awarded to PBS Kids and CPB by the Department of Education with the goal of making a suite of educational learning experiences for kids with a goal of accelerating learning.
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