Happy National Summer Learning Day!

National Summer Learning Day highlights the importance of keeping kids learning during the summer so that they can return to school in the fall ready to succeed in the year!

This year, our partner Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area teamed up with KLRU to offer an exciting day of learning with PBS KIDS resources.

Kids were shown an episode of a PBS KIDS show called Design Squad in which two groups of teens compete against each other to build the best zip line thrill ride using the materials and tools provided.  The Walnut Creek club members were so excited to find out that they themselves had to complete a similar hands-on challenge. They were given rope, ping pong balls, marbles, rubber bands, construction paper, pipe cleaners, and masking tape.  They were instructed to work in small groups to plan the design of a carrier for the ping pong ball that would carry it safely from one end of a zip line to the other.
As soon as they were given the go ahead, you could hear the kids excitedly sharing their ideas and vision with each other, asking each other questions, problem solving together, and drawing out a plan.  Working together has its challenges and this was no exception, you could hear groups having to deal with conflicting ideas and compromising to reach a unified solution. Once they had solidified their plan, they began building collaboratively and testing out the design. You could hear groans when it didn’t work and the teams had to modify their designs and try again. You could hear another team cheering at the other side of the room when they had a breakthrough and it actually worked. You could feel the energy, see tons of smiles and hear the laughter coming from all sides of the room. It was pretty obvious that the kids were having fun while learning.

After completing the challenge, the kids gathered for a read-out-loud of the book, Rosie Revere Engineer by Andrea Beaty.  The book encourages kids to persevere. On their way out, the kids were given a PBS summer activity booklet and a frisbee with the Klru.org/stem link printed on it. As they were exiting, I asked a little girl what she had learned. She said, “not to give up and if I keep trying, I’ll learn new things along the way and I will get better.”

Rather than keeping the fun limited to one day, BGCAA STEM director, Erica Egan, turned it up a notch by making it a week of fun. On Monday, 15 elementary-aged kids from the Bastrop Boys & Girls Clubs participated. On Wednesday, fifteen 1st and 2nd graders from Walnut Creek site joined in the fun. Tomorrow, Friday, the EAST site club members will get their turn to play while learning.  #KeepKidsLearning.

 

Decibel: Do cars get hot enough to bake cookies?

If you’ve ever gotten into your car after it’s been sitting out on a hot and sunny Central Texas day, you know it can feel like an oven in there. But, does it get hot enough for you to bake cookies in there? KLRU’s Decibel went out and put it to the test.

Watch the video below and let us know in the comments whether you’d give car cookies a try.

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Science Night July 12th

See how the quest to multiply has spawned a stunning array of unusual behaviors and adaptations on Big Pacific at 7 pm Wednesday. View forest penguins with a tenuous marriage and the secret rendezvous of great white sharks, and hear the tale of male pregnancy.

Follow the annual gathering of a thousand elephants in northern Kenya on Nature’s Great Race at 8 pm Wednesday. From magnificent bulls to vulnerable orphans, they face deadly threats from both predators and poachers.

On NOVA Mystery of Easter Island at 9 pm Wednesday a team of scientists and volunteers test a theory on how the ancient stone statues were moved, using a 15-ton replica.

Highlights July 9 to 15

KLRU Highlights

Learn Capt. Dreyfuss’ plan to thwart advances from Rose’s sister, Vera, on My Mother And Other Strangers On Masterpiece at 7 pm Sunday.

Sidney and Geordie must determine the connection between a murder and a number of post office robberies on Grantchester Season 3 On Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday.

Jane is faced with several harsh realities in both her professional and personal life on Prime Suspect: Tennison On Masterpiece at 9 pm Sunday.

After five years of war in Syria, the remaining citizens of Aleppo are readying themselves for a siege on POV Last Men In Aleppo at 9 pm Monday.

Journey back in time to see the splendor of the last Chinese dynasty, the Qing, on Story Of China at 7 pm Tuesday.

As Europe reels from a terror onslaught, top security officials describe their struggle to contain the unprecedented threat revealed by attacks in France and Belgium on Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday.

See how the quest to multiply has spawned a stunning array of unusual behaviors and adaptations on Big Pacific at 7 pm Wednesday.

Follow the annual gathering of a thousand elephants in northern Kenya on Nature’s Great Race at 8 pm Wednesday.

On NOVA Mystery of Easter Island at 9 pm Wednesday a team of scientists and volunteers test a theory on how the ancient stone statues were moved, using a 15-ton replica.

Austin City Limits at 10 pm Wednesday and 10:30 Friday presents pop legend Cyndi Lauper with a a program of classics and country covers. Songs include “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, ” “True Colors” and “End of the World.”

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Gary Kelly, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Southwest Airlines.

Asia Society Texas Center: Building Bridges at 7:30 pm Thursday explores how famed Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi’s landmark building came to fruition in Houston’s Museum District.

Chet visits Conroe and Athens in back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper at 8 pm Thursday.

Season 2 of Tunnel begins this week! Join Elise and Karl as they investigate the abduction of a French couple from the Eurotunnel, leaving behind their traumatized daughter on Tunnel: Sabotage. Two episodes back-to-back starting at 9 pm Thursday.

Monitor the remaining seven as they strive to give their bakes maximum botanical taste on Great British Baking Show at 8 pm Friday.

Enjoy an all-star tribute to singer and songwriter Willie Nelson, the 2015 recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, Friday at 9 pm.

Turn tiny containers into big ideas and salvages into clever garden design on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Thrill to an hour of soul and gospel. Grammy-winning legend CeCe Winans sings new songs and classics from her catalog, while breakout sensations St. Paul & the Broken Bones support their acclaimed album Sea of Noise on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

British drama night on features Father BrownDoctor BlakePlace to Call Home and Midsomer Murders back-to-back starting at 8 pm Saturday.

Science Night July 5th

Learn how the hungry creatures of the ocean find food, watch Yellowstone thaw and see how the land shaped life in North America on this week’s Science Night.

See how the challenge of finding food drives all life in the Pacific on Big Pacific at 7 pm Wednesday. Meet a destructive army of mouths, a killer with a hundred mouths and the biggest mouth in the ocean. For creatures large and small, every mouthful counts.

It’s summer in Yellowstone, and with soaring temperatures and drought comes the risk of wildfires on Great Yellowstone Thaw at 8 pm Wednesday.

NOVA  Making North America: Human at 9 pm Wednesday explores how has the land shaped our lives, from the arrival of the first Americans to today.

Highlights July 2 to 8

KLRU Highlights

Find out if Nurse Tillie comes to the rescue in time on My Mother And Other Strangers On Masterpiece at 7 pm Sunday.

When several villagers become ill at the local cricket match, Geordie and Sidney must determine if it was an accident or something more sinister on Grantchester Season 3 On Masterpiece at 8 pm Sunday.

Survey the early career of iconic detective Jane Tennison-the role played by Helen Mirren in Prime Suspect on Prime Suspect: Tennison On Masterpiece at 9 pm Sunday. The drama rewinds to 1970s London, when Jane (Stefanie Martini) is a young probationary officer in an environment where sexism is the norm.

Take a look back on vintage Austin finds from the Roadshow’s visit to Austin 17 years ago Monday at 7 pm on Antiques Roadshow.

Obaidah Zytoon captures the fate of Syria through the intimate lens of a circle of friends on POV The War Show at 9 pm Monday.

Canine Soldiers at 10:30 pm Monday explores the intimate bond between Military Working Dogs and their handlers-combat soldiers who make life-and-death decisions based on the instincts and behavior of the dogs who lead their patrols.

Celebrate our country’s 241st birthday with an all-star musical extravaganza broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol at 7 pm and 8:30 pm Tuesday.

See how the challenge of finding food drives all life in the Pacific on Big Pacific at 7 pm Wednesday.

It’s summer in Yellowstone, and with soaring temperatures and drought comes the risk of wildfires on Great Yellowstone Thaw at 8 pm Wednesday.

NOVA  Making North America: Human at 9 pm Wednesday explores how has the land shaped our lives, from the arrival of the first Americans to today.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Jeff Nichols, a writer and director whose past works include internationally acclaimed Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter, Mud and Midnight Special.

Arc of Innovation on Thursday at 7:30 pm documents the making of the West 7th Street Bridge in downtown Fort Worth, Texas, which is a breakthrough from an artistic standpoint and for technology.

Chet visits Taylor and Orange on back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper starting at 8 pm.

When Barnaby’s former CID colleague is bludgeoned to death, Barnaby sets out to discover why the past would not leave him alone on Midsomer Murders Death In A Chocolate Box at 9 pm Thursday.

See how eight bakers handle three types of pastry on Great British Baking Show at 8 pm Friday.

Billy Joel: The Library Of Congress Gershwin Prize at 9 pm Friday honors singer-songwriter Billy Joel’s receipt of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

Enjoy the ACL debut of pop legend Cyndi Lauper with a a program of classics and country covers on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

British drama night on features Father BrownDoctor BlakePlace to Call Home and Midsomer Murders back-to-back starting at 8 pm.

KLRU NEXT Night: Going Batty on 7/27

Head down to the water at the beautiful Waller Creek Boathouse on Thursday, July 27th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. to learn about the bats that help make Austin so unique.

Fly like a bat, explore a cave and more with Samsung’s exciting VR Gear. Then glide over and snap a photo with the Galaxy S8! Show off your best pose at our bat wing wall, and craft some batty accessories to take home. Enjoy beer, wine and tequila cocktails from Twin Liquors.

Did you know bats are prolific pollinators? Grab a popsicle from GoodPop, made of watermelon and agave, two ingredients we can thank bats for!

Then it’s time to fly – at the end of the night, head down to the dock for the best view in town to watch the 1.5 million bats take flight!

Cost for this event is $15 and all proceeds benefit KLRU. Get your tickets today!

This NEXT Night is made possible by ABC Home & Commercial Services.

Science Night June 28th

Dive into the ocean, watch Yellowstone thaw and see how North America was formed on this week’s Science Night.

Understand how the Pacific, surrounded by the Ring of Fire, is the epicenter of natural mayhem Big Pacific Violent at 7 pm Wednesday.

Great Yellowstone Thaw at 8 pm Wednesday continues to follow the wildlife dramas in Yellowstone, and Spring brings many new challenges.

Discover the surprising intertwined story of life and the landscape in North America-from origins to iconic dinosaurs to giant marine reptiles swimming in an ancient sea that once split the continent in two on Making North America: Life at 9 pm Wednesday.

Highlights June 25 to July 1

KLRU Highlights

See what happens when Francis goes poaching and Emma finds a new suitor on  My Mother And Other Strangers On Masterpiece at 7 pm Sunday.

Amanda and Sidney are in love – but can it continue on Grantchester Season 3 On Masterpiece Part Two at 8 pm Sunday.

Jane Tennison soon starts to learn the cold facts of police work on Prime Suspect: Tennison On Masterpiece at 9 pm Sunday.

Follow the nuanced story of a family displaced by the Syrian conflict, walking the line between their Muslim values and the new world they inhabit on POV Dalya’s Other Country at 8 pm Monday.

See the stunning achievements of two of China’s most brilliant dynasties: the Song, creators of a Chinese Renaissance, and the Ming, builders of the Great Wall and the Forbidden City on Story of China at 7 pm Tuesday.

An investigation into the hidden dangers of vitamins and supplements, a multibillion-dollar industry with limited FDA oversight on Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday.

Understand how the Pacific, surrounded by the Ring of Fire, is the epicenter of natural mayhem Big Pacific Violent at 7 pm Wednesday.

Great Yellowstone Thaw at 8 pm Wednesday continues to follow the wildlife dramas in Yellowstone, and Spring brings many new challenges.

Discover the surprising intertwined story of life and the landscape in North America-from origins to iconic dinosaurs to giant marine reptiles swimming in an ancient sea that once split the continent in two on Making North America: Life at 9 pm Wednesday.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader.

Chet goes to Big Bend, Terlingua and Lufkin in three back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper starting at 7:30 pm.

When director Nick Cheyney is found beheaded by a guillotine on the set of his latest film, Barnaby and Jones are left with no shortage of suspects on Misomer Murders at 9 pm Thursday.

Join nine bakers for the first-ever batter week on Great British Baking Show at 8 pm Friday.

Singer Andrea Bocelli performs at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy, on Landmarks Live In Concert at 9 pm Friday.

See how easy DIY rain gardens catch and control rainfall and visit an heirloom quilt garden design on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Enjoy modern roots rock with Band of Horses and Parker Millsap on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.

British drama night on features Father Brown, Doctor Blake, Place to Call Home and Midsomer Murders back-to-back starting at 8 pm.