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.