EDC and SRI International conducted an independent study of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) KIDS Play & Learn Science app, which includes in-app and direct hands-on science explorations for children ages 3 to 6 and their parents. This study explored the impact of the PBS KIDS Play & Learn Science app, when used in a supportive context, on

  • children’s understanding of science concepts and use of science and engineering practices;
  • children’s use of science vocabulary;
  • child and parent-child engagement in science and engineering; and
  • parent confidence supporting their child’s science learning.

Findings suggest that when used in a supported context, the PBS KIDS Play & Learn Science app can benefit both children and their parents.

The PBS KIDS Play & Learn Science app was developed as part of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS Ready To Learn Initiative, funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Media Type
PDF
Resource Type
Reports
Authors
Claire Christensen, Cindy Hoisington, Phil Vahey, Naomi Hupert, and Shelley Pasnik
Date
2019
Length
44 pp
Associated Experts
Science Educator
Senior Research Scientist
Vice President | Director, Center for Children and Technology

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