UofCB helping kids learn about emotional awareness and relationships through new app | Laptop News

InsideU was collaboratively designed with youth using unique characters and narratives from Pixar’s Inside Out.

The Renée Crown Wellness Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder is helping children learn about emotional awareness and relationships with the development of a new app.

In a news release issued today, the institute announced the launch of its InsideU Social Emotional Learning App. In partnership with Pixar Animation Studios, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver and digital designers, Liquid Interactive, the Crown Institute designed the app as an innovative approach for helping kids using characters from the Pixar animated film Inside Out.

InsideU was collaboratively designed with youth using unique characters and narratives from Pixar’s Inside Out. The app combines clips from the movie with interactive learning opportunities that are both entertaining and lead to personal insights for the user. While playing the app, children meet the “Mind Worker” who guides them through the program and helps them to understand their emotions. Users experience four different episodes titled: “Meet the Team,” “Anger in Action,” “Emotions and the Body,” and “A Powerful Pause.” InsideU facilitates the creative application of social and emotional learning skills to real-world dilemmas faced by elementary school-aged children.

The Crown Institute says its goal of creating emotional education for children “was originally inspired by the 2015 Pixar animated movie Inside Out, which depicts emotions as characters that live inside the mind of a young girl. That film nearly a decade ago had an impact on Dr. Sam Hubley, a psychologist and researcher at the Crown Institute. He had previously seen the power of entertainment in…

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