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FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman

FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman

Fall 2008 Website
Ages: 6 - 11 yrs.
Producer: WGBH Educational Foundation
Producer: Interactive Kids Group
Review:
Fetch! is a website by PBS based on the popular TV show featuring Ruff Ruffman, the cool science dog. Fans of the show can explore two main areas within the site: "My Show," an entertainment area in which they can watch episodes, explore character bios, listen to the theme song, view photos, etc. and "Games," an educational area where they aid the protagonist Ruff in solving crime through clever and captivating games that can be played at varying levels of difficulty.

Site visitors can register to collect points for simple prize downloads (it’s important to note the registration screen directs kids NOT to use their real names and does not collect personal information). High scores are posted online, which might encourage a young problem solver to perfect her skills, or to advance to more difficult levels. Parents, teachers, and caregivers will benefit from the section with extra lessons and activities.

Overall, Fetch! presents games and contents in a highly stylized, engaging way designed to appeal to visitors and fans alike.

Brockett Horne   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Brockett Horne is a graphic designer and co-chair of graphic design at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). She lives in Baltimore.

Look for this product at:
WGBH Interactive
http://www.wgbh.com

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