About PLUM LANDING
Who is Plum?
That's me, I'm Plum. I'm just your run-of-the-mill space traveler from the Planet Blorb. My home is a pretty bleak place so I, and my fellow Blorbians, stare up into the night sky and dream of Earth. You have so much here that's beautiful and special, though sometimes I think you Earthlings don't notice it. Maybe I can help with that...
What is Plum Landing?
If that question is about my driving, all I can say is that tree came out of nowhere and my ship crash-landed on Earth. I'm still waiting for the Blorbian version of AAA. I've been listening to the on-hold music for several weeks: I think I'll be here for a while.
No, what is PLUM LANDING?
Oh... I like that question better. PLUM LANDING is my exciting multi-platform, indoor-outdoor, science exploration adventure for kids and grown-ups. We've got games, animations, videos, an app, a whole digital curriculum for afterschools and summer camps, and science activities for parents and kids to do together. This will get everyone discovering what we Blorbian's have known for a long time: that you live on an incredible planet.
Who are your friends here?
It's a growing list! I've enlisted Brad, Clem, Oliver, Gabi and Cooper that you can meet in my animated stories: you'll see me sending my Earthling friends on missions to explore the deserts of Australia, the mangroves of Belize, the Rocky Mountains in Canada and the jungles of Borneo. But you'll also see many more friends in my other videos.
And as this project grows, I'm hoping to hear from new friends - kids across the US can send me photos and drawings using some special tools and apps I've made.
What's on this website?
There are over forty terrific animated videos, charting the adventures of Brad, Clem, Oliver, Gabi and Cooper, as well as video postcards that I made to show Blorbians what's wonderful about planet Earth. There are also videos showing real kids going out into the world and exploring just like Clem and her friends do in animated stories.
The site has incredible games based on different locations we’ve visited (the deserts of Australia, the mangroves of Belize, the Rocky Mountains in Canada, the jungles of Borneo, and an urban ecosystem in the northeastern US). In these destinations, kids can play games and win stickers by photographing different kinds of plants and animals, placing different inhabitants in their habitats (say that three times fast), and keeping everything as healthy as possible for 12 days. Players learn about food webs, habitats and all kinds of awesome adaptations.
For those that want to draw, there are missions using the Nature Sketchpad I've made. And, as I said, there's a whole bunch of activities and videos for grownups. And there are more games coming!
What was that about stickers?
I'm pleased you're paying attention! In every game, players can login and save their points and buy digital animated stickers of plants and animals. These are like living safari cards with great information about each featured animal. These animal stickers all move!
How can I send pictures to you?
There are three ways to send me pictures.
My Nature Sketchpad lets players tackle a mission that features a particular plant or animal. This fabulous drawing gizmo lets you create a beautiful image to save or share with me. A simple form lets you write about your picture and upload it for us to review. Be sure to keep checking the site because you might see it posted in one of our many mission galleries. You'll need to be logged in to send us that picture, using the regular PBS KIDS login that you use across pbskids.org.
My free iPhone app, Plum's Photo Hunt gets kids outside to tackle missions by photographing nature. Again, these can be saved (to the camera roll of your device) or sent to me here at the PLUM LANDING site. No login is needed for the app: just go for it!
To support these two features we have nearly one hundred galleries of images from kids that we update every week as new ones arrive.
And we have one more way, a simple upload form that lets you send us photos. We may use these pictures in our social media pages, like our blog on Tumblr and our Facebook.
What is there here for parents, teachers or other educators?
The PLUM LANDING Digital Curriculum offers resources for Educators to extend the learning into a variety of settings: afterschool programs (such as Girls Inc., Girl Scouts USA, YMCAs, Boys & Girls Clubs); summer camps; and programs coordinated by museums and local public television stations. The curriculum provides collections of hands-on science activities and media resources—animations, videos, games, photo apps, and more—arranged in thematic sequences and aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards.
We also have a robust collection of resources for Parents. These include hands-on science activities, apps that allow families to explore science on the go, printable tips for exploring nature, and a series of videos—hosted by parents and outdoor enthusiasts—that provide inspiration and support for parents in getting their families outdoors. A selection of these resources is available in Spanish.
What do kids learn about on this site?
Science! Nature! The world around them! Working closely with science advisors, we've created an innovative, environmental science curriculum for 6-9 year olds that guides everything you see at PLUM LANDING. The curriculum is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and is designed to give kids an understanding of the science underlying healthy ecosystems and sustainability.
How do I write to you?
You can write to me here. I can't promise I'll reply, but I will look at all my mail.
What's coming next to Plum Landing?
Only good things! More games! More missions! More fun!