Funded by a Ready To Learn grant awarded to PBS by the Department of Education, Smashing Ideas partnered with long-term clients Out of the Blue and PBS KIDS to develop a SUPER WHY! branded Transmedia Gaming Suite consisting of four activities: two online games, and iPhone app and an Interactive Whiteboard Activity. All of the activities share common literacy-based curricular objectives, but what makes the Transmedia Suite unique is that the activities feature engaging narratives and game experiences that tie all of the components together with a common premise and theme…SUPER CELEBRATIONS! Throughout the four activities, players practice skills such as Word Formation, Phoneme Recognition, Rhyming and Reading…all while getting to the celebration, making a cake and decorating!
With over eight seasons worth of videos, games and printables, the teams at Thirteen/WNET New York and PBS Kids knew it was time to create a new website that truly showcased all they had to offer. The goal – make the Cyberchase website easier for kids ages 6-12 to find and navigate the breadth of content and reinforce the math curriculum objectives.
With this new approach the Smashing team focused in on ease of access, adding features that showcased the different math topics plus creating learning pathways for kids to follow. “Find It!” makes it easy for kids to dive into topics and find a plethora of associated games, videos and printables. Once kids begin playing, “More Cool Stuff!” helps them discover a pathway to more content based on the math topic or their personal connection to a character.