Developer Play Forward has recently launched a new virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) platform designed for children called The VROOM.
Utilising content from Stan Lee’s Kids Universe, The VROOM’s initial round of immersive activities and experiences will include 3D animated stories and interactive adventures from premiere Playing Forward partners, including Dex T-Rex, a virtual pop-up book from Kids Universe, all for free. Other VROOM characters include “Maxi The Taxi Dog,” and “The Monkey King,” with more titles on the way in time for the holiday season.
The games and stories are designed to promote empathy, problem-solving abilities, personal resilience, and the management of emotions – what educators call “social-emotional learning” (SEL).
John Attard, CEO of Playing Forward, says, “Social-emotional learning is at the heart of every app and experience that we create. The VROOM is a digital playground that from a child’s point of view is pure entertainment. But as parents we know that The VROOM’s VR and AR activities are based on the SEL model. Incorporating the benefits of social-emotional learning into children’s lives is something that educators are increasingly telling us is crucial for relationship-building skills. The idea that SEL gives little learners the tools they need to thrive in the real world is what is so important to us and what drives our development of digital books, videos, toys, and games.”
The VROOM works on Apple, Android, and Windows 10 devices, and is built to run on smartphones as easily as on tablets.
Stan Lee’s Kids Universe is a partnership between Paris Kasidokostas and Terry Dougas’s 1821 Media and Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment, focusing on expanding the imagination, literacy, and education of children all over the world.
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