PBS Kids has utilized its intellectual property to create more than 40 new games designed to help children build math skills, each of which spans multiple platforms to engage kids from 2 to 8 regardless of how they access the programming.
The free educational content is organized into suites, each based on a PBS Kids series, so that the characters remain the same throughout all of the content. Initially there will be four suites: The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About That!; Curious George; Sid The Science Kid (pictured); and Fizzy’s Lunch Lab.
The PBS Kids Lab will continue to add new content, starting with literacy-based games from Super Why, as well as additional math-related content from series like Dinosaur Train and Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman.
Available for free on the new PBS Kids Lab site, the suites are accessible using computers, some use webcams and microphones, as well as mobile devices and interactive whiteboards, with more platforms set to be added in the future.
“As the nation’s children continue to fall behind, we need to embrace new technology to help them learn,” said Lesli Rotenberg, senior vice president, Children’s Media, PBS. “Our goal is to leverage the power of media to make anytime a learning time for kids. We’ve tapped the best children’s media producers and technology developers in the country to create this collection of math games that demonstrates the very best of what media can do.”
PBS partnered with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) on this project, which is powered by a Ready to Learn grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The Ready to Learn Initiative supports the development of innovative educational television and digital media targeted at preschool and early elementary school children and their families.