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.

We’re Hiring!

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We are looking for a Digital Associate Producer to join our First 8 Studios at WGBH research and development team. You will be producing educational games and digital learning resources for preschool children’s understanding of science topics and science practices in addition to professional development content for teachers. You will also work hand-in-hand with the team’s research partners. The digital-first brand is still in development, and you would help support the growth of that brand.

Click here to apply. It’s #P-02047.

MIT Conference April 13

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How do we begin to tap into the power of games to project and engage those forces to optimize communication, learning, health care and a myriad of other applications beyond games?

On April 13, 2015, The MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge will host a half-day conference that will explore how we can use games to rewire our mind, ultimately motivating ourselves to engage, learn, change bad habits and more…all while we play.

Quick Survey!

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Ruff Ruffman is hoping to take his messages about technology use on the road. If you are a parent of kids in elementary or middle school, please consider taking this 10-minute online survey about the effectiveness of media campaigns: you will be sharing your opinions with a small team of students at the HarvardGraduate School of Education who are helping us with some preparatory work. The survey is completely anonymous and no identifying information is collected.