KLRU Summer STEM Resources

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KLRU is a proud partner of many summer STEM camp providers in Central Texas. We have built this collection of PBS and other amazing and fun resources for participants in these camps and for anyone to use!

Audiovisual and interactive resources available through PBS MediaLearning site:

Web platforms and interactive games outside PBS that can be used in learning activities:

Software resources outside PBS that can be downloaded and installed on local computers:

 

Explore the Outdoors Green Carnival

KLRU and Mary Jane Sims Early College School worked together this spring to hold their first Green Spring Carnival held on April 16th. The school was recommended to KLRU by Keep Austin Beautiful and has been the recipient of :

  • KAB Clean Creek Campus 2015-2016
  • National Wildlife Foundation Eco-Schools USA 2015-2016
  • KAB Zero Waste Champs 2014-2015
  • KAB Generation Zero Campus 2014-2015.

Fourth grade bilingual teacher, Mr. Scott Mann and his class have been working and educating, class by class, on recycling/composting/reuse in each classroom in their school wing. They plan to increase their work grade by grade in the upcoming school year.

The Green Spring carnival highlighted the work of Mr. Mann’s class along with educating the school community on recycling, composting, and reuse with ecology-mined hands-on activities, a digital scavenger hunt, and resources from community partners: Austin ISD Sustainability Dept., Keep Austin Beautiful, Sustainable Food Center, Austin Resource and Recovery, Austin Parks and Recreation, Girls Scouts, and Boys & Girls Club as well as volunteers from McCallum High School Key Club. KLRU was on hand to help with resources and showcase PBS Kids science apps for parents and kids. Families enjoyed planting perennials in the school’s courtyard made possible by the non-profit group Envision, Design, Create.

Families visited each area: Technology, Gardening, Reduce/ReUse/Recycle to receive a free tomato, pepper or okra plant as well as carrots and turnips to take home. The Sesame Street Food For Thought kit about eating healthy on a budget was given to each family.

KLRU also worked with Lee Lewis Campbell Elementary’s 2nd annual Green Spring Carnival where they had gardening activities, Sesame Street’s Food for Thought kits and veggie giveaways along with showcasing the PBS Kids science apps and FREE app codes.

If your school is interested in having their own Green Spring Carnival, go to Austin ISD’s Sustainability webpage to get started!

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June 2016 Family Choice: Programs to Watch with the Whole Family!

KLRU chooses programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together.
For June 2016, we have the following lined up:

Wednesday, June 8 at 7pm: Skeletons of the Sahara
This film tells the story of scientist Paul Sereno’s amazing discovery of a prehistoric human burial ground in the middle of one of the world’s most forbidding desert. Like many great scientific discoveries, this one happens by accident. Sereno, one of the world’s leading experts in finding fossils of dinosaurs and ancient crocodiles, is on an expedition to Niger, in Saharan Africa.

Wednesday, June 22 at 7:00 pm: Great Polar Bear Feast
Investigate the problems facing a unique population of polar bears due to climate change. At the heart is an extraordinary event – the annual gathering of up to 80 polar bears on Barter Island in the Arctic Ocean each September.

Wednesdays at 8:00 pm (June 29-July 13): 9 Months That Made You
Discover the story of how you were made, from the moment of conception to the moment of birth 280 days later. Follow the gestation process, the most exquisite biological choreography found in nature.

May 2016 Family Choice: Programs to Watch with the Whole Family!

KLRU chooses programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. For May 2016, we have the following lined up:

Wednesday, May 4 at 7 pm: NATURE “The Last Orangutan Eden”
Ecologist Chris Morgan travels to the jungles of Northern Sumatra to document the work being done to save its population of wild orangutans, which is quickly dwindling due to deforestation. Morgan travels to a peat swamp forest known as Suaq Balimbing.

Tuesday, May 17 at 8:00 pm: Secrets of the Dead “Cleopatra’s Lost Tomb”
Learn about the legendary queen Cleopatra who ruled the Egyptian empire.

Sunday, May 29 at 4:30 pm: National Geographic Bee
The annual National Geographic Bee returns for the 28th year, with award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien serving as host and moderator. State Geographic Bee Winners from across the country compete in the National Geographic Bee.

Austin Teacher Receives National PBS Recognition!

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2013 ADE North America InstitutePBS LearningMedia has just announced its 2016 National Digital Innovators, and for the second consecutive year, an outstanding faculty member from Westlake High School is on the list. Lisa Johnson is Westlake HS’s Educational Technologist, helping teachers fold cutting-edge digital media into instruction and student creations. Her passion for teaching + technology has resulted in her alter ego “TechChef.” As TechChef, Lisa maintains a TechChef4u blog, Co-hosts “Appy Hours 4 U” and “iVengers Radio”, and has co-authored the professional development ebook “Hot Apps 4 HOTS” with close to 20,000 international downloads.

As a LEAD Innovator, Johnson will travel to Denver to meet with Digital Innovators from across the country in order to share practices and advise PBS LearningMedia on effective uses.

Johnson’s own boys have grown up with Dinosaur Train, WordWorld, and Curious George. Her latest LearningMedia favorite is the Masterpiece Collection, both the original version and the Pinterest variation.

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PBS LearningMedia provides PreK-12 educators with access to free digital content and professional development opportunities designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement. Currently, the site has over 100,000 resources from the PBS Archives and other important sources such as the National Archives. Learn more about this program at klru.pbslearningmedia.org

 

Update (April 13, 2016): An additional five local educators have been named Digital Innovators as well for 2016-2017. They are:

  • Mitch Fairchild – Sci-Tech Preparatory, Austin
  • Claire Grant – Lanier High School, Austin ISD
  • Diane Hance – Grisham Middle School, Round Rock ISD
  • Angela Tackett – Harmony School of Political Science and Communication, Austin
  • Ryan Torbey – Harmony School of Science, Austin

This group will receive one free year of online professional development options from PBS LearningMedia.

April 2016 Family Choice: Programs to watch with the whole family!

KLRU chooses three to four programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. For April 2016, we have the following lined up:

Monday & Tuesday, April 11 & April 12 at 8:00 pm: Jackie Robinson
(both episodes repeat back-to-back on Sunday, April 17 starting at 1 pm)
It’s the premiere of Ken Burns’ JACKIE ROBINSON. By changing the racial equation of our national pastime, Jackie Robinson set out to prove that black Americans could compete as equals. He was greeted with ugly abuse, with shouts and bean balls, and hate mail that threatened his life. But in the end, he would do more to help black Americans stake their claim to justice and equal rights “than Congress itself,” according to one writer of the era. This film looks at not just Robinson’s life in baseball, but at its complex whole.

Wednesday, April 20 at 8:00 pm: NOVA “Wild Ways”
Top predators in ecosystems from North America to Africa share a natural trait: the instinct to roam. But at every turn there are human-made barriers: roads, fences, farms and cities. Species such as lions, elk, grizzly bears, antelope, tigers and elephants, are penned up for their own protection in parks and preserves. “Connectivity conservation,” as it’s called, offers a hopeful new approach to preserving keystone species by linking refuges with tunnels, bridges and protected land corridors.

Contest: Complete your FAFSA for a Chance to See Michelle Obama

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The Austin Chamber, in collaboration with the White House and First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative, will offer Central Texas seniors who complete a FAFSA before 5pm on March 14 a chance to see the First Lady on March 16 at SXSW Music for her keynote address! The contest supports FAFSA filing over spring break and in advance of impending March 15th priority deadlines for Texas Grants and other aid. A total of 80 students will win this opportunity, 2 per high school.

Contest Overview: First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative wants every student to take charge of his or her future by pursuing college. The Austin Chamber of Commerce works with 13 Central Texas school districts and public charter schools to prioritize financial aid because we know that students can’t pursue post-secondary education unless they can afford it.

In connection with the First Lady’s visit to SXSW, we are proud to announce a contest for TWO seniors from each participating Central Texas high schools to see the First Lady on March 16.

To be eligible to win, students must:

  • File their FAFSA no later than 5 PM Central Time on Monday, March 14th. If selected, student winners must scan and submit their FAFSA confirmation page to Andrew Feller at afeller@austinchamber.com
  • Register for contest at: https://www.financialaidsaturdays.org/flotus.html
  • Be currently enrolled in a high school from one of the following school districts or charter schools: Austin ISD, Del Valle ISD, Elgin ISD, Hays CISD, Hutto ISD, Leander ISD, Lockhart ISD, Manor ISD, Pflugerville ISD, Round Rock ISD, KIPP Austin Public Schools, Harmony Public Schools, and NYOS

If at any time you need assistance, regarding rules/conditions of this contest please contact Andy Feller, Director of Education Programs, at afeller@austinchamber.com or 512-322-5644.

Good luck to all participants!

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March 2016 Family Choice: Programs to watch with the whole family!

KLRU chooses three to four programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. For March 2016, we have the following lined up:

Wednesday, March 2 at 7 p.m.: Year in Space
This documentary will track Scott Kelly’s mission from training to launch, through his 12 months aboard the International Space Station, right up through his descent and landing. Following Scott in space and his identical twin Mark Kelly at home on Earth, the special will tell the story of what it takes, mentally and physically, to spend a year in space.

Wednesday, March 9 at 7 p.m.: NATURE “Soul of the Elephant”
Award-winning filmmakers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert start with the remains of two bull elephants and through a series of key flashbacks, look at the lives they would have led, the dramas they may have seen, their great migrations for water with their families, and their encounters with lions and hyenas.

Wednesday, March 30 at 7 p.m.: NATURE “Animal Reunions”
Feel the emotion as keepers and carers reunite with the wild animals that were once in their care to learn whether the close interspecies bonds that developed over many years in refuges and orphanages have stood the test of time.

Austin student wins Emperor Science Award

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KLRU is thrilled to announce that Mathilda Nicot-Cartsonis, a LASA High School (Austin ISD) junior, has been named a winner of the national Emperor Science Award, a joint initiative by Stand Up to Cancer and PBS LearningMedia.

In addition to receiving a cash award and a Dell Chromebook, Nicot-Cartsonis will be working this summer with Dr. Jenny Chang, Director of the Methodist Hospital Cancer Center in Houston, TX.  Chang’s primary work investigates how to target then eradicate chemotherapy-resistant, tumor-initiating cells.

Nicot-Cartsonis, a self-professed fanatic of viruses since the age of 11, has an additional motivation for this quest. Her longtime ballet instructor and mentor, Alexandra Nadal, a co-founder of the Slavin Nadal School of Ballet and 2009 inductee into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame, died in 2015 of a type of cancer being researched by Dr. Chang. Nicot-Cartsonis plans to keep her dual scientist/dancer roles in her university studies.

The Emperor Science Award contest received almost 1,200 applications from 10th and 11th grade students from 40 states. Nicot-Cartsonis is one of 100 inaugural winners.

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Update: Mathilda’s socks

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