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:

 

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

In the Studio: Andy Roddick Tapes Overheard (6/29)

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Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Andy Roddick on June 29 at 5:15pm in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 4:45pm.  The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP HERE.

AndyRoddickheadshotAndy Roddick is a former professional tennis player, former ATP World No. 1, and a philanthropist. He won his first Grand Slam singles title in 2003 and for the next decade was consistently ranked in the top 10. He was the youngest-ever ATP Player of the Year. Andy reached the Wimbledon finals three times in his career, and the Australian Open semi-finals four times. He retired from tennis in 2012. Andy is co-host of Fox Sports Live and of the Fox Sports Live podcast. The Andy Roddick Foundation provides out-of-school programs to underserved young people in Austin.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith wraps a fifth season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience at this taping with Andy Roddick. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard

 

POV Screening – Web Junkie 7/7

KLRU, Austin Film Festival and the Bullock Texas State History Museum present preview screenings and discussions of three POV films scheduled to air later this year on KLRU. The screenings are free, but an RSVP is required. Be sure to RSVP for each film you would like to attend.

Don’t miss the second of the screenings, Web Junkie, on July 7th! Art and Craft premiered on June 10th and Point and Shoot previews on August 10th.

Web Junkie
Tuesday, July 7th
7:00pm Texas Spirit Theater at The Bullock Museum
The screening is free but an RSVP is required: RSVP now
Internet addiction has been declared a national health crisis in China, the first country in the world to classify this evolving diagnosis. Web Junkie follows the treatment of three Chinese teenagers, obsessive gamers whose preference for the virtual world over the real one is summed up in one jarring statement: “Reality is too fake.” Israeli filmmakers Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia gained extraordinary access to a three-month military-style rehab program in Beijing, illuminating a process that, while stern, may help set a standard as the wider world comes to grips with the devastating consequences of excessive Internet use. Official Selection of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Web Junkie by Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia.

American Graduate Champion: Joseph Gallardo

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KLRU 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.

joseph-gallardoToday’s Champion is Joseph Gallardo! Joseph is a recent University of Texas graduate and a nonprofit co-founder. While applying to law school, he does research for the western district of Texas and has just co-founded an organization that helps youth from economically disadvantaged communities in San Antonio.

Kenn Cannon, Joseph’s nominator, says, “He’s mentored struggling students at UT as an Academic Success Coach, he worked at the Capitol for Rep. Guillen, and he recently returned from Washington D.C. where he was interning at the Supreme Court of the United States in the Office of the Counselor to the Chief Justice. No matter how great he becomes in life and all the things I know he’s going to accomplish, at the core of it all he will always be a genuinely good person. All he wants to do with his life is help people.”

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.

American Graduate Champion: Dr. Eva Garza-Nyer

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KLRU 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.

eva-garza-nyerToday’s Champion is Dr. Eva Garza-Nyer! Eva is a college counselor in the Austin Independent School District. She has served over 6,500 seniors since 2002. And although she has worked in large comprehensive high schools, she makes every effort to meet each student individually before they cross the graduation stage.

One of Eva’s former students, Adrian Zamora, says, “During high school, Dr. Garza was insistent on having me apply to universities and scholarships that I would never have applied to on my own. She challenged me to think outside the box and was not afraid to tell me if she thought I was taking the easy way out—something that I am appreciative of to this day. Without her direction and invested interest in my future, I would not be where I am today.”

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 News Briefs: Juneteenth at the Bullock Museum, and Ann Richards Students Take Science Outside

Today, June 19, is Juneteenth or Texas Emancipation Day. On this day in 1865, the Texas State Historical Association writes, “Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston and issued General Order Number 3, which read in part, ‘The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.’”  To mark Juneteenth, KLRU is airing Juneteenth Jamboree 2015. The hour-long documentary special is available online here and re-airs Sunday, June 21 at 1pm. We’ll air a short piece from the program during PBS NewsHour Weekend on Saturday.

Our segment looks at two art exhibits at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, which focus on African-American storytelling through artwork. “And Still We Rise” and “Reflections” are both traveling exhibits on display through mid-August.

The Bullock’s Deputy Director and Director of Exhibits Margaret Koch explained to us that these exhibits allow all Texans the opportunity to discover African-American history in a richer way.

“There are the stories of resilience, of suffering, of self-determination that you don’t necessarily see unless you’re encountering the artifacts right in the museum itself,” Koch says.

This June, Koch says, marks the 150th anniversary of Texans knowing about the Emancipation Proclamation.

Our Sunday story comes from KLRU’s Central Texas Gardener and looks at how students at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders worked together to build a new teachers’ lounge and garden.

The students refurbished a gutted 1977 Airstream trailer. They created all of the furniture, designing it using 3D modeling software, and building the pieces. Then they planted a garden for the teachers, using knowledge they learned in biology class. The experiential learning project brought together students from the 7th and 10th grades.

“And it was just a contribution that everybody did and it was really cool like the 10th graders built the trailer all the classes would work on separate parts and we were all just working as a good community,” student Marlene Mora says.

 You can see an extended version of that story on the CTG website here.

KLRU News Briefs air locally during PBS NewsHour Weekend, every Saturday and Sunday evening at 6:30pm. Our Sunday story is part of KLRU’s American Graduate initiative, which is aimed at increasing awareness around the dropout crisis in Central Texas. 

Do you have an American Graduate story idea? We’d love to hear from you! Email us at CivicSummit@klru.org, post a comment, or tweet at us using #amgradtx. 

American Graduate Champion: Project MALES

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KLRU 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.

project-malesToday’s Champion is Project MALES! Project MALES is a research-based mentoring program housed in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement over at The University of Texas at Austin that works specifically with males of color directly through Austin ISD.

Their nominator, Jorge Segovia, says, “Project MALES is a champion due to the awareness they’re trying to raise on the issue of male educational attainment. Based on the research conducted, males are more likely than females to drop out of high school. Males are also less likely than females to continue on with their education. This year, Project MALES has partnered directly through Austin ISD, also becoming a part of the “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative through Austin ISD.”

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.

Highlights June 21 to June 27

KLRU Highlights

Tales from the Royal Wardrobe on Sunday at 7 pm invites you to examine the significance of the royal wardrobes of English monarchs over the last 400 years. Learn why most kings and queens have carefully choreographed every aspect of their apparel and why, for those who haven’t, the consequences have sometimes been calamitous.

Sunday at 8 pm on Poldark on Masterpiece Part One, after fighting for England in the American Revolution, Poldark returns home to Cornwall and finds wrenching change. He loses one close friend and gains another.

Follow Kitty, Flora and Rosalie, volunteer nurses who work in a tented field hospital on Crimson Field Episode One at 9 pm on Sunday. As they settle into their first day, it soon becomes clear that no training could ever have prepared them for the reality of working near the front line.

POV Out in the Night at 9 pm on Monday examines the uphill battle of a group of African-American lesbians charged with attempted murder when they fought back after being threatened. The case reveals the role that race, gender identity and sexuality play in the criminal justice system.

It was ten years in the making, but well worth the wait. February 1, 1913 began a new chapter in American passenger railroading when Grand Central Terminal opened the doors to its first century of service. On Grand Central: An American Treasure at 10 pm on Monday, former New York mayor Ed Koch and others give an in-depth look and behind-the-scenes tour of Grand Central’s Beaux-Arts splendor.

Roosevelts: An Intimate History A Strong and Active Faith (1944-1962) on Tuesday at 7 pm shows that though frail and failing, FDR wins re-election and begins planning for a peaceful postwar world, but a cerebral hemorrhage kills him at 63. After her husband’s death, Eleanor Roosevelt proves herself a shrewd politician and a skilled negotiator in her own right, as well as a champion of civil rights, civil liberties and the United Nations.

Investigate the sexual abuse of undocumented women in the service industry on Frontline Rape on the Night shift at 9 pm on Tuesday. This film examines allegations of abuse across the janitorial industry, and how the government, law enforcement and companies fall short in dealing with the problem.

NOVA Inside Animal Minds: Bird Genius at 7 pm on Wednesday tries to answer the question, “What would it be like to go inside the mind of an animal?” The science of animal cognition is revealing hard evidence about how animals understand the world around them, uncovering their remarkable problem-solving abilities and exploring the complexity of their powers of communication and their emotions. We’ll see through the eyes of a starling in flight and test the tool-using skills of the smartest of birds, the crow.

On First Peoples Americas/Africa at 8 pm on Wednesday, we ask, “How closely related were the First Americans and today’s Native Americans?” And in Africa – 200,000 years ago, a new species appeared on the African landscape — Homo sapiens. Scientists imagined eastern Africa was a Garden of Eden, but the latest research suggests we evolved in many places across the continent at the same time. DNA from a 19th Century African-American slave is forcing geneticists to re-think the origins of our species.

Austin City Limits presents Los Lobos and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down on Wednesday at 10 pm and Friday at 10 pm. Los Lobos perform a 40th anniversary career overview, while folk rockers Thao & The Get Down Stay Down play songs from their LP We the Common. And on Saturday at 7 pm, Wilco spin-off Tweedy performs. Jeff Tweedy is joined by his son Spencer and members of the band Lucius for songs from Sukierae.

On Overheard with Evan Smith on Thursday at 7 pm, Evan interviews Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth and author of the best-selling memoir Girl in a Band. The memoir chronicles her childhood in California, her time in New York in the ‘80s and ‘90s, and the rise of Sonic Youth.

Having survived under a totalitarian regime, Cuban hip-hop duo Krudas Cubensi refuses to compromise. Lyrically, nothing is off limits as they spit lines about politics and sexuality with an openness that is seldom seen on Arts in Context Somos Krudas on Thursday at 7:30 pm. With an Afro-Cuban rhythm, Odaymara Cuesta and Olivia Prendes use their art “to fight against oppression, for justice, for balance, for our rights, to celebrate the life.”

On BBQ with Franklin Poultry & Sauce at 8 pm on Thursday, Aaron takes us to a Texas BBQ joint where they cook their chicken in a unique way and then teaches us how to make sauce from scratch. Meanwhile, John Markus takes us on a whirlwind tour of the regional sauces of America.

Host Chet Garner takes us to Port Lavaca, Texas on The Daytripper at 8:30 on Thursday. He goes fishing in the bay waters, bikes to a historic cast-iron lighthouse, and explores the lost port city of Indianola where French explorer La Salle first set foot in Texas.

Infinity Hall Live Tedeschi Trucks Band at 9 pm on Thursday brings you the rock and soul sounds of the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Listen to Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks talk about the experience of combining their musical talents and interests into a unique opportunity to bring their family on the road to deliver their blend of southern soul, American roots, authentic rock ‘n’ roll, and a touch of Florida swamp magic.

On Friday at 8 pm, join President and Mrs. Obama for a celebration of gospel music and its profound influence on American music during In Performance at the White House The Gospel Tradition. The concert showcases music that cuts across the boundaries of race and class to provide comfort and inspiration to its listeners.

In Performance at the White House Country Music on Friday at 9 pm celebrates a uniquely American musical idiom — country music — music of the heart and of the heartland. The evening’s performance is headlined by superstars from the world of country, performing the songs that have proven themselves eternal.

What’s a Master Naturalist and how you do it at home? On Central Texas Gardener Master Naturalists on Saturday at 12 pm, tour pond outdoor living that replaces lawn.

Science Night June 24

On this week’s Science Night, we explore the minds of animals and the history of people. NOVA brings you inside the brains of birds to discover if their talents are evidence of high intelligence or the result of training and instinct. And First Peoples explains how diversity was created in humans.

NOVA Inside Animal Minds: Bird Genius at 7 pm
What would it be like to go inside the mind of an animal? The revolutionary science of animal cognition is revealing hard evidence about how animals understand the world around them, uncovering their remarkable problem-solving abilities and exploring the complexity of their powers of communication and even their emotions. Meet a cockatoo with a talent for picking locks; a wild crow on a mission to solve an eight-step puzzle; and a tame raven who can solve a puzzle box so quickly that his performance has to be captured with high-speed photography.

First Peoples Americas/Africa at 8 pm
How closely related were the First Americans and today’s Native Americans? It’s a matter of huge controversy. There are very few other skeletons in the world that engender such strong feelings. Africa – 200,000 years ago, a new species appeared on the African landscape — Homo sapiens. Scientists imagined eastern Africa was a Garden of Eden, but the latest research suggests we evolved in many places across the continent at the same time. DNA from a 19th Century African-American slave is forcing geneticists to re-think the origins of our species.