STEM based Second-Language Learning Game initiative: PICA
Peach Ice Cream Adventures (PICA) Project publishes engaging new language and STEM-based tablet adventure games for young kids age 3-6. Peach Ice Cream Adventures’ digital solutions enable children to have fun while learning. PICA brings to digital form a successful early education program that engages students in Mandarin Chinese contextually through science and exploration. Built from an existing technology platform, PICA’s parental dashboard allows parents to view their children’s play and switch languages, for example, from Chinese to Spanish or French.
Using the best of early education learning programs and game design, PICA links Chinese language development to scientific experimentation by spiraling: children cycle back or build vocabulary through repeated use in different contexts. Using science experiments to reinforce linguistic development plays to a child’s curiosity. Scientific discovery is part of an appealing story – this immersion enables children to master the content and become functionally bilingual. This successful gamification of STEM and language lessons results in fast, enjoyable learning with superior retention of new material and mastery of previously learned elements that puts them on the road to literate fluency.
Successful serial entrepreneur Vicky Wu Davis and her two partners, also moms with PhDs, understand that raising bilingual children is increasingly important throughout the world but is best started early. Show them some love by helping these ladies on their kickstarter campaign
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