"Big Tiny World" rough proof of concept
3 min - Early Primary
These short adventures are presented in the style of a first person videogame walkthrough, except we’re following a miniature avatar as they run and leap through a macro-photographed, real world setting. The startup screen presents a selection of environments to explore: forest, beach, backyard, garden, playground, park/meadow, etc. The interface is complete with heads up display and the ability to change out tools (items like a magnifying glass, net, tweezers, mason jar) to discover natural elements as unlockable achievements. The accompanying background music and sound effects also help riff on the ubiquitous walkthrough genre. Simple science and nature facts will be explored on the adventure and reinforced at the conclusion of each segment.
Our narrating player alternates between a boy or girl, roughly 7 or 8 years old. The narration is high energy and earnest; they’re super stoked to show off this “world” to the viewer. We’ll be awed along with them as they discover the secrets of nature and unlock new levels. Avatar selection will include kid avatars as well as animals, because who wouldn't want the chance to explore the forest floor as a squirrel?
Based near Toronto, Turtlebox has produced several hyrbid pre-school music video interstitial properties which are airing on CBC Kids, Knowledge Network and Telus Optik in Canada. They have also produced live-action segments for WGBH/PBS Kids including The Ruff Ruffman Show, Design Squad Global and Pinkalicious & Peterrific. They also created a fully animated Christmas video for Sesame Workshop.
SCIENCE EDUCATION ADVISOR- Nick Page, M. Sc., R.P.Bio.
Nick Page is a biologist who works on the assessment, restoration, and management of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in British Columbia. He is the staff biologist for the Vancouver Park Board. He has a master's of environmental studies from the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia.