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Friday, October 4 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Playing and Learning Science as a Family with a PBS KIDS App

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Science literacy is essential in today’s  science- and technology-oriented world. To support family science exploration, the CPB-PBS Ready To Learn Initiative developed the PBS KIDS Play & Learn Science app, which provides in-app and hands-on science explorations for children ages 3-6 and their parents. The app introduces science concepts and practices involving weather, solids and liquids, forces and motion, and light and shadow.

This study explored the impact of the PBS KIDS Play & Learn Science app in a supportive context. This study had a single-group design with pre and post parent surveys (n=31) and researcher-developed child assessments (n=33).

Children showed gains in (1) understanding of science content and practices; (2) science vocabulary; and (3) excitement about STEM. Parents reported increased parent-child engagement in science and engineering activities, and increased confidence in supporting science learning. Results demonstrate the potential of educational media to support children’s learning, particularly with adult support.


Claire Christensen

Education Researcher, SRI International
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Megan Silander

Research Scientist, EDC, Center for Children and Technology

Naomi Hupert

Education Development Center

Friday October 4, 2019 4:30pm - 5:30pm PDT
Pacific Ballroom D 311 Peltason Dr., Irvine, CA, 92697