Lab News

  • Twitter chat: Anytime, Anywhere Learning

    February 28, 2012

    How can schools and community organizations help kids learn anytime, anywhere using digital media, mobile devices and online games? 

    Join the Collaborative for Building After-School Systems (@cbass_national) for a lively Twitter conversation (#techafter3) on digital learning in class and beyond this Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST. Share your experiences, learn best practices, and discuss how you can overcome challenges in using technology effectively in out-of-school time. 

    The chat will feature representatives from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS (@PBSteachers), the Coalition for Science After School (@SciAfterSchool), the Afterschool Alliance (@afterschool4all), and other educators who are actively using technology to expand learning for kids.

    To join the chat and see what others are saying:

    1. Go to and search on the hashtag #techafter3.

    2. You do not need a Twitter account to follow the chat, but you do need one to comment or ask questions.

    3. To join the discussion, sign into TweetChat using your Twitter account and enter your tweets in the box at the top of the page. TweetChat automatically includes the hashtag #techafter3 for you. 

    Also, feel free to submit questions in advance, either by sending CBASS a message on Twitter or emailing them to

  • Take a Peek: Inside a STEM Challenge Classroom

    February 27, 2012

    Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart, based in Princeton, New Jersey, is having its eighth grade class take part in the PBS KIDS Stream of the 2012 National STEM Video Game Challenge, developing video games for children ages 4-8 that focus on early math skills. To help inspire students across the country to take part in this exciting challenge, Stuart will document and follow the design and educational process of the class through photos and a Stuart teacher’s blog. Get involved and participate in the PBS KIDS Stream now!  

  • Vote for FETCH! and SID in the Readers Choice Finals!

    February 23, 2012

    Great news! The FETCH! Lunch Rush and SID’s Science Fair apps have been selected as finalists in the Readers Choice Awards in the Homeschooling Awards category. Voting is open from now until March 21 – users can vote once a day in each category.  The winner will be announced March 30.

  • Making Educational Games: Webinar Downloads Now Available!

    February 21, 2012

    The PBS KIDS and CPB Ready To Learn Initiative recently hosted a webinar on making games for the PBS KIDS Stream of the 2012 Challenge. The webinar features resources, Q&A, and a presentation on making educational games with Gamestar Mechanic by members of the Gamestar Team.

    Streaming link to the webinar recording

    Downloadable link to the webinar recording

    Download the webinar slides

  • Hey Teachers! Get Started With Game Making

    February 09, 2012

    Hey teachers! Make an educational video game in under an hour by using GameStar Mechanic, a free online game-making platform. Enter your game in to the PBS KIDS stream of the National STEM Video Game Challenge for the chance to win great prizes! Learn how by attending our webinar on Thursday, February 16 from 4-5 p.m. EST.