PBS’ engineering competition series Design Squad is offering kids a chance to get in on the action. The 2010 Trash to Treasure Competition challenges kids ages 5 to 19 to take everyday discarded or recycled materials and re-engineer them into functional products. Three winners will win a trip to Boston to see their designs built and will appear on the TV show and Web site. 25 finalists will also be featured on the Web site. Find out more and enter online by September 5, 2010.
The Charlie Rose Brain Series explores one of sciences final frontiers, the study of the human brain.
Charlie will interview the most knowledgeable scientists and researchers in hopes of illuminating a new topic of study. Each monthly episode will examine different subjects of the brain, including perception, social interaction, aging and creativity.
We will also look at scientific discovery and advances in technology, in the hope that someday terrible illnesses such as depression, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer’s will be history.
Our special colleague on this journey is Dr. Eric Kandel.
He is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist and professor at Columbia University. He’s also affiliated with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
He received the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine in 2000 for his research into the biological mechanisms of learning and memory.
- The Great Mysteries of the Human Brain
- The Perceiving Brain
- The Acting Brain
- The Social Brain
- The Developing Brain (great program for parents)
- The Aging Brain
- The Emotional Brain
- The Anxious Brain
- The Mentally Ill Brain
Programs may be viewed online or check out the broadcast schedule on KLRU.
July 20: The Disordered Brain
September 28: The Deciding Brain
October: The Artistic Brain
November: The New Science of the Mind
July 19: Episode 225 – NEW episode featuring Seymour Smooth and Ms. Question
July 20: Episode 226 – NEW episode featuring Amazing Rope Guy
July 21: Episode 217 – Featuring Nocan the Contrarian and The Butcher’s Dad, Kid Potato
July 22: Episode 224 – Featuring Seymour Smooth, Lady Redundant Woman and Royal Dandy
Monday, July 12th & Friday, July 16th
SUPER WHY and the Beach Day Mystery takes our superheroes on a swashbuckling scavenger hunt, complete with clues, pirates and buried treasure.
X marks the spot! Whyatt and the other fairytale buddies have found a clue leading to treasure and they need a little help! So the superhero readers fly into The Beach Day Mystery where they set off on a swashbuckling scavenger hunt adventure filled with clues, pirates, and of course, treasure! Will Super Why and his friends be able to outsmart the trickiest pirate of them all?
Educational Objectives: To learn how to figure out clues. Kids will follow the alphabet, rhyme with AIL words, and use the power to read to change the story!
The Cyberchase Summer Challenge premieres on June 29, featuring eight straight weeks of new and encore episodes, new interactive content and new outreach initiatives to help kids overcome the summer slump in math and gear up for the new school year. Tune in every Tuesday at 4pm.
Summer is a time when children are at risk for losing gains in math learning if not offered educationally sustaining activities — and the risk is greater for losing math skills than reading skills. The Summer Challenge will provide eight weeks of fun and free resources to strengthen kids’ involvement with math and problem solving all summer long.
- An all-new gaming component will reveal new challenges every week to keep kids actively engaged at home.
- Storytelling features will motivate kids to share their Summer Challenge experiences with others.
- The PBS KIDS GO! video player will feature Summer Challenge video clips and full episodes.
- Eight new printable activities for teachers, parents and kids will deliver fun, STEM-based challenges for real world application.
- Teachers and parents can also access free, downloadable video clips and episodes to support their Summer Challenge activities.
- Additional printable activities for kids will offer extra summer fun.
SID THE SCIENCE KID celebrates the first day of summer with the all-new “No School Singalong Special” premiering June 21 on KLRU’s PBS KIDS. The half hour episode features Sid and his friends performing their favorite science-song hits in a back yard singalong extravaganza!
Click here for additional air dates.
Thanks to the almost 1,000 people who attended KLRU’s Open House throughout the day on Saturday, March 6. Here are a few photos from the event, which featured Miss Rosa from PBS Kids and Clifford the Big Red Dog.
We’re opening up our studios to give Central Texas an inside look at KLRU. On Saturday, March 6th, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., KLRU invites families and kids of all ages to explore the world of television and music. Kids will sing, dance and read along with their favorite PBS KIDS characters, including the PBS KIDS preschool host Miss Rosa and Clifford the Big Red Dog. Miss Rosa will read books at 11 to 11:40 a.m. and 2 to 2:40 p.m. Families also have the opportunity to take a tour of the legendary Austin City Limits Studio 6A. Bring your cameras!
Watch two girls dive into a crystal-blue Catalina reef to uncover sunken secrets about biodiversity. Or four friends engineer a giant twelve-foot pig puppet for a May Day Parade. Or a group of tweens remake a wetland so endangered turtles have a place to call home.
Welcome to SciGirls, a new weekly series that airs on KLRU each Tuesday at 4:30 pm starting Feb. 16.
Each half-hour episode follows a different group of enthusiastic, real SciGirls, who collaborate, communicate, engineer and discover. They’re accompanied by two animated characters – a plucky SciGirl named Izzie and her best friend Jake, who tie the series together with their ongoing adventures.
The Music that Inspired the Movement event is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. central time. This workshop will discuss the relevance of music from the Civil Rights Movement to today’s generation and its original impact in the 1960s. It is hosted by the First Lady and is taking place in conjunction with In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement which airs Thursday, Feb. 11, at 8 p.m.