PBS KIDS’ new iOS app uses augmented reality to teach kids addition and subtraction


PBS KIDS launched a new iOS app, FETCH! Lunch Rush, to help teach kids basic math skills like addition and subtraction. Available as a free download, the application uses the iPhone’s camera to overlay computer-generated graphics on top of the physical, real-world environment, effectively “opening a new world of learning.”

Based on the PBS KIDS GO! series FETCH! With Ruff Ruffman, the app presents users with a challenge to keep track of how many pieces of sushi everyone wants using augmented reality “markers” (printable hand-outs) that prompt activity within the application. By using 3D imagery, FETCH! Lunch Rush reinforces the early algebraic concepts, helping kids to make the connection between real objects and corresponding numeric symbols…

Love the idea and I’m hoping iParents will like it to.

As a reference point, this isn’t PBS KIDS’ first mobile app. To date their applications (including CURIOUS GEORGE Coloring Book we covered before) have been downloaded more than 1.4 million times…

FETCH! LUNCH RUSH (FREE) [iTunes link]

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