EXPLNRS Explain!

Produced as a pilot by our friends & colleagues John, Belinda, Anna & Meredith, this original animation answers hot questions about solar energy in a very cool way.

Also in Spanish!

The videos were released simultaneously with an article on NOVA Next that goes into more detail about the concepts introduced in the video.

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Come See Us at IDC!

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The 14th international conference on Interaction Design & Children will be held on June 21-24, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. The IDC conference’s mission is to bring together researchers, designers and educators to explore new forms of technology, design and engaged learning among children. The conference incorporates papers, presentations, speakers, workshops, participatory design experiences and discussions on how to create better interactive experiences for children.

IDC 2015 will offer a wide-ranging program, supporting and facilitating the exchange of ideas within and between all of these communities. The theme for this year is Empowering Children to Create. The focus will be on technology support for creativity, coding, and maker types of endeavors, with two related themes: Developmentally Appropriate Design and Innovative Interfaces.

Jillian and Louise will be presenting the Next Gen projects with our research partners.

Bill will be moderating an industry panel featuring Lego, Leapfrog, PBS KIDS, Toca Boca, Sesame Workshop, Nickelodeon and Google.

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Want to Cook at the White House? Take the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge!

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Do you have a child between the ages of 8-12? Can you imagine his or her recipe being featured in a cookbook? Or the two of you representing your home state at a Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House this summer?

If so, First Lady Michelle Obama, WGBH Boston, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture invite you and your child to enter the 4th annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids’ “State Dinner.”

White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford plates Quinoa Black Bean and Corn Salad in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House before the Kids' State Dinner, Aug. 20, 2012. The salad was a winning recipe from Haile Thomas, 11, of Arizona. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford plates Quinoa Black Bean and Corn Salad in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House before the Kids’ State Dinner, Aug. 20, 2012. The salad was a winning recipe from Haile Thomas, 11, of Arizona. (Official White House Photo by Sonya N. Hebert)

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.