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:
“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.”
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.
KLRU chooses three to four programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In May 2015, we have the following lined up along with a range of special programs and events that celebrate the Asian American experience for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
Wednesday, May 6 at 7:00 pm: NATURE “Parrot Confidential”
Meet Lou. Abandoned in a foreclosed home, Lou is one of thousands of parrots in need of rescue. From the wilds of Costa Rica to suburban America, a loveable, quirky cast of parrots will reveal their unforgettable tales and the bittersweet world they share with humans.
Wednesday, May 13 at 7:00 pm: NATURE “Animal Childhood” In every animal’s life, there comes a time when it must stand on its own two feet, so to speak, and face the world alone. These are the trials and tribulations of young animals all over the world, as they prepare to leave home.
Wednesday, May 27 at 8:00 pm: NOVA “First Man on the Moon”
When Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, he won instant fame. Yet this accomplished engineer and test pilot was so determined to stay out of the limelight that few know the personal story of how his rare combination of talent, luck and experience led to his successful command of Apollo 11.
Central Texas educators continue to garner national attention from PBS LearningMedia!
Natalie Cannon is the latest educator to be named a PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator. Natalie teaches various levels of Latin at Westlake HS in Eanes ISD, and co-sponsors The WHS Latin Club. Natalie began teaching middle school at St. Gabriel’s Catholic School before moving to Westlake High School, where she has now taught for six years. Her favorite part of her job is finding productive uses for modern technology in order to enliven an ancient language for her students.
Over the next year, Natalie will take part in a professional development program that will prepare her to extend her influence as a digital learning ambassador in her school and community.
PBS LearningMedia is PBS’ digital archive of 100,000+ educational assets made available to educators and the US public – for free! In Central Texas, over 7,000 educators have to date created LearningMedia accounts for use in their classrooms and for their own interests. Teachers can build and archive lessons incorporating digital media, and a new student feature allows their students to create and display storyboards to demonstrate their knowledge.
Check out Central Texas’ prior LearningMedia Digital Innovator, Julie Hildebrand, here
Kids enjoying the iPad station and the “Order Up!” game
KLRU participated in the Boys & Girls Club Health Fair this past Saturday, April 11th benefiting all the Austin sites. Each site presented an activity of what their children have been learning about healthy habits. KLRU had five of the East Club site’s iPads available for 100 kids to explore the PBS apps dedicated to healthy eating. We also presented ”Order Up!” which is a live-action group game for up to 35 participants (in English and Spanish). Kids receive cards with varied foods and a challenge to assemble a meal that meets specified criteria (food groups, price, nutrition, etc.). The game grows in complexity in each round, with multiple criteria and bonus points for extra-healthy meals. Occasionally, a “trash round” permits a junk-food binge, but with tooth brushes offered as a reminder that trash foods should be once-in-a-while treats!
KLRU chooses three to four programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In April 2015, we have the following lined up:
Wednesday, April 1 at 7:00 pm: NOVA “Alien Planets Revealed”
Combining animation with input from expert astrophysicists and astrobiologists, “Alien Planets Revealed” takes viewers on a journey along with the Kepler telescope. How does the telescope look for planets? How many of these planets are like our Earth? Will any of these planets be suitable for life as we know it?
Wednesday, April 15 at 7:00 pm: NATURE “Animal Homes: Location, Location, Location”
Finding a good base of operations is key to successfully raising a family. One must find the right stream or tree, the right building materials, neighbors and sometimes tenants. In the wild, every home is a unique DIY project, every head of household a designer and engineer.
Wednesday, April 22 at 7:00 pm: NATURE “Animal Houses: Animal Cities”
For some animals, living in the midst of huge colonies of their own kind is the most secure and rewarding housing arrangement. Icelandic puffins form nesting colonies of more than a million, providing shared information about food sources and reducing the odds of attacks on individual birds. But colonies are useful for predators, too.
Wednesday, April 22 at 8:00 pm: NOVA “Invisible Universe Revealed”
Twenty-five years ago, NASA launched one of the most ambitious experiments in the history of astronomy: the Hubble Space Telescope. In honor of Hubble’s landmark anniversary, NOVA tells the remarkable story of the telescope that forever changed our understanding of the cosmos and our place in it.
To celebrate this year’s 100th Day of School, several partners held a Peg + Cat 100th Day of School event this past month. Both Foundation Communities: Trails at the Park and Boys & Girls Club East enjoyed playing the Peg + Cat “Peg’s Pizza Place” activity as well as select videos on the number 100. For the second year, Anita Uphaus Early Childhood Center held a full morning of activities for their Kindergarten classes. The library was filled with centers all themed around the number 100!
KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In March 2015, we have the following lined up:
Wednesday, March 4 at 7:00 pm: Earthflight, NATURE Presentation “Flying High” A behind-the-scenes look at how Earthflight was made features drones and camera-carrying birds. To fly like a bird, Earthflight not only captures remarkable images of wild flocks but also relies on some extraordinary relationships between people and birds. Filmed over four years on 6 continents and in more than 40 countries, the Earthflight team uses many extraordinary techniques.
Wednesday, March 18 at 8:00 pm: To Catch A Comet
On November 11, billions of kilometers from Earth, a spacecraft orbiter and lander will do what no other has dared to attempt: land on the volatile surface of a comet as it zooms around the sun at 67, 000 km/hr. If successful, it could help peer into our past and unlock secrets of our origins.
Wednesday, March 25 at 7:00 pm: NATURE “Ireland’s Wild River” The Shannon is Ireland’s greatest geographical landmark and the longest river. It is both a barrier and highway — a silver ribbon holding back the rugged landscapes of the west from the gentler plains to the east. On its journey south, the Shannon passes through a huge palette of rural landscapes; where on little-known backwaters, Ireland’s wild animals and plants still thrive as almost nowhere else.
KLRU chooses three programs each month for your family to enjoy and view together. In February 2015, we have the following lined up:
Wednesday, February 4 at 7 pm: NATURE “Legendary White Stallions” This story of the world-famous Lipizzaner stallions focuses on the bond that develops between the horses and their caregivers, beginning at the moment of their birth and culminating in the perfect harmony between horse and rider demonstrated at the famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria.
Monday, February 9 at 8:00 pm: Antiques Roadshow “Celebrating Black Americana” In this special to mark Black History Month, appraisal highlights include, among other items, an 1821 citizenship certificate for a free man of color, and an African American beauty book written by entrepreneur Madame C.J. Walker, the first American female millionaire.
Wednesday, February 18 at 7 pm: NATURE “Owl Power” NEW! Using the camera technology, computer graphics, x-rays and ultra-microscopes available in the modern world, take a new look at owls in more detail than ever before. The real stories behind how they hunt, how their vision and hearing work, and how they fly so silently are influencing 21st-century technology and design, from high-tech aircraft and submarines to innovative hearing aids.
Wednesday, February 25 at 7 pm: NATURE “The Last Orangutan Eden” NEW Working with a team of experienced researchers, ecologist Chris Morgan becomes completely immersed in a unique social band of wild orangs who use tools, share food, forage together, and create their own distinct culture. For the first time, advanced cameras are used to follow the orangs throughout the canopy to provide an intimate, clear picture of how these arboreal apes spend their days and nights and interact with one another.
Ms. Carswell, Librarian at S.C. Lee Junior High School in Copperas Cove, is the second local winner of a Samsung Galaxy Tablet and a one-year subscription to the Premium level of PBS LearningMedia. A 25-year veteran educator, Ms. Carswell started her career with an abiding love of reading, which she found morphing into an interest in technology and its potential for young learners.
Copperas Cove ISD has a “bring your own device” policy for its students. With that in mind, Ms. Carswell looks forward to furthering her proficiency on her Galaxy Tablet as she helps students find and use quality digital resources – like PBS LearningMedia.
The Boys & Girls Club at HACA’s Flores Education & Training Center enjoyed an afternoon watching the ODD SQUAD “Saves The World” premier before its national debut on Monday, January 19th.
Clifford the Big Red Dog stopped by to kick off a fun math puzzle activity before the special. Kids were hard at work trying to be the first to figure out the puzzle before the premiere. Seventy Kindergartners through 5th graders enjoyed the event and left with a bookmark and a fun pocket-sized math riddle handout.