Oddness Abounds in the Odd Squad Camp!

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KLRU and the Boys & Girls Club (B&GC) located at the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) Meadowbrook site enjoyed a week of oddness only available through the Odd Squad Camp.

The B&GC campers, who were between the ages of 5 and 9, enjoyed taking on the mantle of “agent” to help solve five cases where a case was introduced one day at a time.  The agents had to figure out their agent code and wear their official badge while they trained to become “ace” agents. Solving the case as a team and making gadgets to help solve a math problem were the main activities.  Videos, digital adventures and problem solving were also part of this half-day camp but most of all having FUN was a requirement.

August 2015 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three to four programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In August 2015, we have the following lined up:

Wednesday, August 5 at 7:00 pm (conclusion): Life on the Reef #103
See how the human and animal residents of the reef prepare for a category five cyclone that brings destruction to the North Queensland coast. As cyclone season finally gives way to calm seas of the dry, the reef begins to recover and thrive.

Wednesday, August 12 at 7:00 pm: NATURE “My Bionic Pet”
The animals of the world may increasingly need our help with big issues like preserving habitat or species conservation. But sometimes individual animals need our help as well. Left disabled without fins, flippers, beaks or tails because of disease, accidents or even human cruelty, these unfortunate creatures need what amounts to a miracle if they are to survive. Luckily for them, sometimes miracles do happen. Amazing prosthetics made possible by the latest engineering and technology are able to provide just what they need. And scientists are finding that innovations created in the process are benefitting both animals and humans.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, August 31, September 1-2 at 7:00 pm:
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Scientists, filmmakers and photographers, animal behaviorists and other experts will come together to document the extraordinary rejuvenation of the once endangered and now thriving ecosystem of Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in California. Some of the world’s most charismatic marine creatures — humpback whales, blue whales, sea lions, dolphins, elephant seals, sea otters, great white sharks, shearwaters and brown pelicans — convene in this once-a-year confluence.

July 2015 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three to four programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In July 2015, we have the following lined up:

Wednesday, July 1st at 7:00 pm: Operation Wild #1
This three-part BBC co-production series explores the pioneering work of vets around the world as they use cutting-edge techniques to try and save the lives of wild animals.In the first program, learn whether an ingenious idea could help save giant pandas, and if an operation deep in the jungle can transform the life of a young gorilla. Watch as an elephant with a gunshot wound makes an extraordinary journey.

Saturday, July 4 at 7pm: Capitol Fourth
Celebrate the country’s 239th birthday with an all-star musical extravaganza and the greatest display of fireworks anywhere in the nation. America’s favorite Independence Day celebration is broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

Wednesday, July 8th at 7pm: Operation Wild #2
In the second program, find out how pioneering medicine is transforming ways to tend to animals. See a rhino’s groundbreaking skin graft after poachers stole her horns and an orangutan’s micro-surgery to try to restore her sight – and her freedom.

Wednesday, July 15th at 7 pm: Operation Wild #3
In the final program, witness extreme dentistry on a five-ton elephant and keyhole surgery on a giant tortoise. Find out if a remarkable invention can help a dolphin swim again.

 

 

Curious George Photo App

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To celebrate the release of the Curious George 3 movie where your favorite monkey explores space and Africa, there’s a new free photo app that lets you add George into your photos! Participate at www.PhotoWithGeorge.com and share the fun with friends and family on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the hashtag #CuriousGeorge.

Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle premieres on Monday, August 17 on KLRU-TV at 9:30am and 3:30pm. An encore presentation of Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey will air right before the new movie at 8am and 2pm.

Super Photo Bomb. Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle

KLRU and Austin Public Libraries Launch 2015 Summer Reading Program

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Families enjoying the activities at the Summer Reading Program launch.

Families enjoying the activities at the Summer Reading Program launch.

KLRU and the Austin Public Libraries launched their Summer Reading Program for the families in the Austin area on May 30, 2015 at Ruiz Public Library. Families were encouraged to attend and enjoy storytelling, balloon art, puppet shows and pick up their summer reading log.  Just by attending, all children were able to take home a book of their own. KLRU helped inform parents about Smart Screen Time and the use of KLRUKids.org as the “go to” location for their child’s entertainment during the hot summer days. KLRUKids.org is a safe, fun and educational tool that parents can rely on.  Kart Kingdom game launch was also a fun start to the summer. KLRU will be working with their partners and summer programs to promote the Summer Reading Program.

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June 2015 Family Choice

KLRU chooses three to four programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In June 2015, we have the following lined up:

Wednesday, June 3 at 7:00 pm: NATURE “White Lions”
This is the story of two remarkable and extremely rare white lion cubs on their journey to adulthood. Both are female, sisters born as white as snow in May 2009, in South Africa’s Kruger Park. Growing up on the savanna, they must not only overcome the same survival challenges that all young lion cubs must face, they must also overcome the threats their high visibility brings.

Wednesday, June 17 at 7:00 pm: NATURE “Funkiest Monkeys”
Twenty-five years ago, filmmaker Colin Stafford-Johnson traveled to Sulawesi in Indonesia and fell in love with crested black macaques. These feisty monkeys are beach bums with punk hairstyles, expressive faces, copper colored eyes and some very unusual habits, making them some of the most charismatic of all monkeys. Learning that their numbers have dropped dramatically, he makes a return visit to find out why and to see if he can help.

Tuesday, June 30 at 7:00 pm: Mount Rushmore: American Experience
High on a granite cliff in South Dakota’s Black Hills tower the huge carved faces of four American presidents. Together they constitute the world’s largest sculpture. The massive tableau inspires awe and bemusement. How, and when, was it carved? Who possessed the audacity to create such a gargantuan work? The story of Mount Rushmore’s creation is as bizarre and wonderful as the monument itself.

Here For Each Other: Floods Family Guide

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In response to the flooding in the Central Texas area over the Memorial Day weekend, KLRU would like to let the community know about the Sesame Street resource Here For Each Other: Floods Family Guide that is available in both English and Spanish.  All of the Here For Each Other materials can be found at sesamestreet.org/emergencies.

American Graduate Champion: Mai Theingi Tun Than

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FEATURED_Champion2KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.

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Today’s Champion is Mai Theingi Tun Than. Mai is a Parent Support Specialist for the Burmese families in the Austin Independent School District. She helps the Burmese refugee community navigate the admittedly complex school system, and related public and private agencies. Mai’s efforts include helping refugee families facilitate school enrollment and teaching the Burmese community about services available through the District and on their individual campuses. She provides Burmese interpretation in many school settings but is most invaluable during student/parent/teacher conferences. Mai provides both direct interpretation and coordination with other interpreters. The recognition letter submitted by the community said: “Mai works beyond the scope of her duties with AISD and does home visits after working hours to ensure access to information. She is tireless and eagerly works with other agencies to help develop materials in Burmese for her community. She truly is an inspiration and a joy to work with.”

Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.

KLRU announces local 2015 PBS Kids Writers Contest Winners

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Today, KLRU announced the local winners of the 2015 PBS KIDS Writers Contest. The first place winners in grades K-3 will advance to the national level of the contest. Over 190 creative entries were received from local children and 13 winners were chosen for first place, second place, and third place recognitions:

1ST PLACE WINNERS:

2ND PLACE WINNERS:

3RD PLACE WINNERS:

“At KLRU we were truly inspired by the enthusiasm and talent that this year’s contest entries demonstrated,” said Ben Kramer, Director of KLRU’s Educational Services Department. “Each year KLRU is a proud participant in PBS KIDS’ annual Writers Contest as it advances KLRU’s commitment to helping grow children’s literacy skills while encouraging expression and imagination. KLRU celebrates the talented children of our community and we wish the winners advancing to the national contest the best of luck.”

You can read all stories submitted in the KLRU area

The annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest is a national initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest encourages children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity by submitting their own original stories and illustrations.

KLRU’s first place winners will advance to the national contest and a panel of some of America’s foremost children’s authors, illustrators and media creators will serve as honorary judges and rank the top 12 finalists. National winners will be announced this summer and the winning stories will be featured on pbskids.org/writerscontest.

The national winners will receive prize packages including a library of ARTHUR® books by best-selling children’s author, Marc Brown, courtesy of national prizing sponsor, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and a personal technology device courtesy of PBS. The PBS KIDS Writers Contest is produced by PBS and based on the Reading Rainbow® Young Writers and Illustrators Contest, a concept developed by WNED-TV, Buffalo.

To learn more about the contest, visit pbskids.org/writerscontest.