During Fall of 2014 Nickelodeon premiered Blaze and the Monster Machines, a new educational preschool series. Not only did we watch it but I also interviewed Dusan Brown, voice of AJ in the series.
After viewing the series, I was so impressed that I then interviewed the co-creators for the series. I learned so much about the series and how they combined STEM teaching and monster trucks! Look out for that interview in the next few days.
Today I want to share about the new and first Blaze and the Monster Machines app, inspired by the hit preschool series supercharged with a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum.
The app features two modes—Race and Build—which encourage children to apply critical thinking skills and explore scientific principles including acceleration, adhesion, force, friction and more.
- In Race mode, users help monster truck Blaze and his driver AJ compete against the other monster trucks while using problem solving skills to navigate obstacles along the way.
- In Build mode, kids will construct a race track and help Blaze advance with speed boosts or slow his opponents down with objects like sticky bubble gum.
The app also features:
- Three locations: The Badlands, The Snowy Slopes and The Monster Dome
- Environmental obstacles like an ice patch in The Snowy Slopes and Crusher-based contraptions like a pineapple blaster
- Power ups like tire chains to avoid slippery spots, soapy tires to fly through sticky patches, and hubcaps to fill the “Let’s Blaze” acceleration meter
- Experiment with up to 15 STEM-related items like magnets and acceleration boost pads
- Two different driving controls – tilt and swipe
- 15 levels that progress in difficulty
- Gold, silver or bronze medals awarded to each race
- Trace a unique path for each race course
- Create and edit tracks along the way
- Save up to 12 courses in each location
To learn more about Blaze and the Monster Machines Series, visit - www.nickjr.com/blaze-and-the-monster-machines