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:

 

When Scary Things Happen: Resources for parents

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When scary things happen in the world around us, like the attacks in Nice, France or in our backyard like the Dallas shootings, children can feel afraid and anxious. It can be difficult for parents to address these issues with kids, so we’ve gathered a list of resources to help you navigate these difficult situations with your children.

Helping Children Cope After a Crisis or Emergency (PDF)

This sheet gives you a list of ways to support children after an unexpected event happens. Be patient, comforting, and understanding as they ask and you answer their questions. Remember that as an adult you also need to take care of yourself.

Draw Your Feelings Worksheet (PDF)

Sometimes children can express their feelings better creatively. Here’s a worksheet where kids can draw how they’re feeling.

Comforting Children Through Stressful Times

From Sesame Workshop, this link gives you a series of tips on how to help your kids get through scary situations.

Encourage Pretend Play

Sometimes children don’t understand their feelings and through pretend play they find out how they feel about something. This link helps you understand what role pretending can have in your child.

Here’s a video from Sesame Workshop that tells children who they can turn to in a scary situation:

For more videos and resources on how to help your kids in an emergency or crisis, you can visit PBSKids.org/learn/when-something-scary-happens.

Summer Learning Day with KLRU Kids!

28314200065_ccf1e7b6ab_zKLRU Educational Services visited three partner sites yesterday to deliver summer learning fun to kids. All received an armful of fun summer learning materials, including PBS Kids activity books, picture/chapter books, puzzle cubes pointing to free KLRU/PBS Kids apps and websites, and Pete the Cat headbands!

Summer Learning Day is a national event led by the National Summer Learning Association designed to highlight the importance of keeping kids learning, safe and healthy every summer.

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Nova’s The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers: Chris Hadfield

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Astronaut Chris Hadfield was sitting in a tin can far above the world when he filmed his cover to David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” on board the International Space Station. He came back a viral sensation. Hadfield is known as the first Canadian to walk in space and spent 166 days in space before retiring in 2013.

In this series of Nova’s The Secret Life of Scientists, learn secrets from the man himself on living in space and becoming the world’s most internet viral astronaut.

The Universe Surrounds You

Hadfield talks about the putting on a space suit and how it feels to push yourself out into the universe.

Deep Questions for a Star Man

How do you feel about your mustache?  Hadfield answers a series of silly questions.

Space Oddity

Described by David Bowie as the most “poignant version ever made,” Hadfield filmed the cover in space while everyone else was sleeping.

PBS NewsHour Weekend Special: America in Black & Blue

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Today marks a week after the tragic Dallas shooting that left five officers dead and nine others wounded, following the deaths of two black men at the hands of police in Louisiana and Minnesota that erupted in widespread protests. As tensions and grievances are on the rise on all sides, what is next for America? Tune in tonight at 8:00 p.m. as PBS NewsHour goes in-depth in their weekend special, America in Black & Blue.

The Great British Baking Show: Desserts 7/15

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After eating the bread, it’s time for dessert. With nine bakers left, it’s time to tackle the final piece to a perfect meal. In this episode of The Great British Baking Show, contestants must make 12 crème brûlées in two and a half hours. They are instructed that the custard must be set and are not allowed to use a blowtorch to caramelize the top. Next, they have four hours to make a Spanische Windorte as part of the technical challenge. And finally, as the showstopper, contestants must create a three-tiered cheesecake. Who will be eliminated?

This episode premieres Friday, July 15 at 10:00 p.m.

Highlights July 17-23

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On this week’s episode of Dancing On The Edge, learn why Louis doubts Julian’s story about his trip to Paris the night Jessie was attacked. When racist Germans walk out during the band’s performance at the hotel, Stanley devises a plan to get revenge. Lady Cremone relays news about Jessie. Watch on Sunday at 7 pm.

Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox return for a seventh season of the Inspector Lewis series. The crime is a complicated one that bridges the worlds of neurosurgery, blood sports and animal rights. Lewis, struggling to adapt to retired life, jumps at the chance to rejoin the force when Superintendent Innocent seeks his help. With Lewis back on the team, will they be able to solve the mystery? Tune in at 8 pm.

Next at 9:30 pm on Tunnel, the “Truth Terrorist”‘s third “truth” begins as Benji carries out his Samurai mission. Sophie’s life is now at stake and police believe they can use her to stop the terrorist’s rampage. Karl gets more than he bargained for while visiting Charlotte.

Following at 10:30 pm, Father Brown discovers the truth of a crime by looking into the truth of the soul – the passions, dark secrets, hidden desires. Many years spent hearing his parishioners’ confessions have given him an uncanny insight into the origins of evil and the workings of the criminal mind. But the stories are not concerned with judgement – Father Brown is more interested in saving souls than in bringing the guilty to justice.

Tune in for gavel-to-gavel primetime coverage of the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff co-anchor for PBS NewsHour in partnership with NPR. Coverage will also be available via live streaming. Watch Monday-Thursday at 7 pm.

For more than 40 years, Washington Week has delivered the most interesting conversation of the week featuring a group of journalists participating in roundtable discussion of major news events. Watch on Friday on Washington Week with Gwen Ifill at 7 pm.

Next at 8 pm on Great British Baking Show, see how the remaining contestants bake without sugar, gluten or dairy. In the Signature challenge, they create a variety of sugar-free cakes. Gluten-free pitas are in store for the Technical, and the Showstopper features dairy-free ice cream rolls.

Stay tuned for another episode of Great British Baking Show at 9 pm. Enter the competition tent to see the bakers prove their pastry skills, first with frangipane tarts in the Signature. The Technical throws them into uncharted territory with a mystery pastry: flaouna. The Showstopper demands bite-sized vol-au-vents.

At 10 pm on Austin City Limits, Austin’s best alternative rock shines with Spoon and White Denim. Top 10-seller Spoon highlights its album They Want My Soul, while White Denim features its LP Corsicana Lemonade.

Conserve water in wicking beds and see which tomatoes win the tastiest test. Watch on Saturday on Central Texas Gardener at noon.

Later at 7 pm, Austin City Limits presents modern roots rock with Jason Isbell and Neko Case. Isbell performs tunes from his acclaimed LP Southeastern, while Case sings songs from her latest album.

At 8 pm, Father Brown discovers the truth of a crime by looking into the truth of the soul – the passions, dark secrets, hidden desires. Many years spent hearing his parishioners’ confessions have given him an uncanny insight into the origins of evil and the workings of the criminal mind. But the stories are not concerned with judgement – Father Brown is more interested in saving souls than in bringing the guilty to justice.

Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox return for a seventh season of the Inspector Lewis series at 9 pm. The crime is a complicated one that bridges the worlds of neurosurgery, blood sports and animal rights. Lewis, struggling to adapt to retired life, jumps at the chance to rejoin the force when Superintendent Innocent seeks his help. With Lewis back on the team, will they be able to solve the mystery?

Foyle’s War, Series VII.” Michael Kitchen and Honeysuckle Weeks return in three episodes of this detective series. Set in post-war 1946-47, Foyle (Kitchen) and his loyal friend Sam (Weeks) find themselves adjusting to a new era of secrets, intelligence and security as their worlds shift into those of MI5. Tune in at 10: 30 pm.

 

PBS NewsHour: Ducklings can think abstractly

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Are you my mother? A new study from the University of Oxford shows that ducklings have the ability to decipher abstract relationships between shapes and colors without training unlike other animals thought to be intelligent, such as parrots or monkeys. The study began as a way to investigate imprinting, which is when offspring become attached to the first thing they see.

According to PBS NewsHour, the findings “suggest baby ducks use abstract thought to keep tabs of their moms in tough situations and that the ability might be crucial for a wide array of vertebrate animals.”

Ducklings were tested with a same/different exam.

From PBS NewsHour:

The team used several different conditions, so here is a basic example: An hour after birth, the team put individual ducklings in an arena with a single pair of moving objects of the same shape, for instance, two red pyramids. The objects swung around, like a mobile in a baby’s crib, and imprinted on the ducks. The chicks ultimately followed the pyramids around the arena.

Later, the birds were placed in the same arena, but this time with two fresh pairs of red objects: a pair of spheres or a cone linked to a cylinder. The team watched as the ducklings decided between following the objects that were the same as each other (a pair of cubes) akin to their imprinting stage or the objects that were different (cone-cylinder). Get it: same/difference exam.

The team found that three-quarters of the ducklings preferred to follow the objects with the same relationship shown during the imprinting stage. This trend held true in the reverse scenario. If ducklings were exposed to two differently shaped objects early on, say cube-sphere, then they would pick contrasting over identical objects in later trials. Plus, the ducklings showed the same pattern when the team tested colors rather than shapes. (The team tested 47 ducklings in the trials with shape discrimination, and 66 in the tests involving color discrimination.)

These findings might be able to disprove the claim that abstract thinking is unique to humans. You can find the full article here.

KLRU-Q welcomes new show ‘Dragons Alive’ 7/15

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Following Wildest Islands, stay tuned for a brand new KLRU-Q show, Dragons Alive. This three-part series investigates how today’s reptiles are adapting to live alongside man.

Ruling Reptilesairs July 15 at 8:55 pm
This first episode looks at the various groups of reptiles that inherited the earth from the dinosaurs

Smart Reptilesairs July 22 at 8:55 pm
This second episode looks at the incredible diversity of skills that reptiles possess.

Dragons Aliveairs July 29 at 8:55 pm
This last episode looks at the future of reptiles in the modern world.

KLRU-Q Friday 7/15: New show ‘Wildest Islands’

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KLRU-Q welcomes a new show, ‘Wildest Islands,’ which is set to premiere on July 15.

This archipelago of over 7,000 islands and reefs lies within the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. From just a few metres wide, to hundreds of kilometres across, every island is different, and each has its own unique wildlife.

The Caribbean: The Wild Side Of Paradise – airs July 15 at 8 pm

Galapagos: Darwin’s Edenairs July 22 at 8 pm 

The Hebrides: Land Of Legendsairs July 29 at 8 pm

Sri Lanka: Monsoon Islandairs August 5 at 8:05 pm 

Amazon River Islands: The Floating Forestairs August 12 at 8:05 pm

Falkland Islands: Penguin Paradiseairs August 19 at 8:05 pm

Japan Islands Of Extremesairs August 26 at 8:05 pm

Philippines: Islands Of Mysteryairs September 2 at 8:05 pm 

Vancouver Islands: Rivers Of Lifeairs September 9 at 8:05 pm