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Get Your Math Skills Ready; The Electric Company Needs Your Intergalactic Intelligence for New App Developed Exclusively for All-in-One PCs

Sesame Workshop and Intel Team Up to Produce New Kids’ App, Now Available for Windows 8

(New York, NY, March 19, 2014) – Hey you guys!  From the non-profit educational organization Sesame Workshop comes this collaborative new app, designed for All-in-One PCs, that brings kids together to solve a galactic problem that puts math and adventure at the center of their experience.  From wacky bonus rounds to challenging math equations, The Adventures of the Electric Company on Prankster Planet: Banana Blast Off! will keep kids working together to learn and laugh as they move through this adventure!

In this multi-player game (up to four players can play at the same time!), Manny has stolen all the numbers from Earth and scattered them throughout the galaxies!  The Electric Company friends and Paul the gorilla need to collect them all and return them home.  Players help the gang by using their Banana Blasters to complete the mathematical missions before being hit by Manny’s goo, captured by his bots or time runs out!  Players learn to distinguish odd and even numbers, solve equations, and count by set numbers.  Adaptive learning pathways are embedded in the design of this collaborative game which allows for new experiences each time depending on the collection of children who are playing.  The Adventures of the Electric Company on Prankster Planet: Banana Blast Off!, for kids 7 and up, is powered by Intel and available exclusively now for Windows 8 for $1.99.

“We are thrilled to extend the adventure of The Electric Company in this distinctive new app that changes depending on the players,” said Jodi Nussbaum, Project Director, The Electric Company.  “Banana Blast Off! gets at a deeper level of interactive game play and helps build and reinforce math skills with fun ways to solve challenging problems to triumph over Manny and bring the numbers back to Earth.”

“The All-in-One PC is unique in that it can be used for more than one person at a time.  The large touch-enabled screen turns your PC into a shared family device for playing multi-player educational games together, like Prankster Planet: Banana Blast Off. We are delighted to be working with The Electric Company to bring educational applications to our AIO PCs,” said Lisa Graff, Vice President and General Manager, Desktop Client Platforms Group, Intel Corporation.

The Electric Company is part of Ready To Learn, a joint initiative of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS, and funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Ready To Learn is a national initiative focused on using public media content to improve math and literacy skills of children ages two to eight, especially those from low-income families.

Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, the landmark television program that reaches millions of children every day in more than 150 countries. The Workshop’s mission is to use the educational power of media to help children everywhere reach their highest potential. Delivered through a variety of platforms, Sesame Workshop develops research-based content – including television programs, books, games, mobile apps and community engagement initiatives – that supports early childhood learning, helps prepare children for school, and addresses developmental needs. The Workshop’s programs are tailored to the needs of specific regions and focus on topics that help young children and families develop critical skills for lifelong learning.  For more information, visit us at www.sesameworkshop.org.

Jennifer Sereni
(212) 875-6548
jennifer.sereni@sesame.org

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