Cyberchase Summer Challenge

CYBERCHASE Summer Challenge 2010 Hacker's Challenge 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.

Online:

  • 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

Mom, Dad and Zeke have front row seats as Sid, Gabriela, May and Gerald perform a backyard singalong in “No School Singalong Special!” No School Singalong Special premiers June 21st at 8:30 a.m.!

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!

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KLRU Open House

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!

All-new girl-powered science series starts 2/16

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.

Music history workshop online

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.

Find out about the Music that Inspired the Movement

The 2010 White House Music Series begins on Wednesday, February 10th, when the President and First Lady will host In Performance at the White House: A Celebration of Music from the Civil Rights Movement - a concert celebrating Black History month. Participants include Bob Dylan, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, John Mellencamp, Smokey Robinson, Seal, the Blind Boys of Alabama and The Freedom Singers, featuring Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, Rutha Harris, Charles Neblett and Toshi Reagon. Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Queen Latifah and Joanne Woodward will be guest speakers for this concert which will feature songs from the Civil Rights Movement as well as readings from famous Civil Rights speeches and writings.

As part of this special event, Mrs. Obama will host “Music that Inspired the Movement,” a workshop that several of the event’s performers will lead for 120 high school students from across the country on Wednesday, February 10th from 2 to 3 p.m. (time has been updated because of weather conditions). The students will come to learn about the continuing relevance of music from the Civil Rights Movement to today’s generation and its original impact in the 1960s. Robert Santelli, the executive director of The GRAMMY Museum, and Smokey Robinson, the legendary Motown singer, will facilitate the workshop.  John Legend, John Mellencamp, Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon and Toshi Reagon will perform.  Dr. Reagon was one of the original Freedom Singers in the 1960s, who traveled around the country carrying stories in song of local Civil Rights Movement campaigns to national audiences.

Students all over the country are invited to watch the workshop live and submit questions for the performers and facilitators leading up to the event. Several questions received through the online form will be answered at the workshop and following the event. Questions may be submitted prior to the workshop at www.whitehouse.gov/civil-rights-music

Super Why gets high praise

TV Guide calls Super Why “the greatest TV show to happen to reading.”  Watch SUPER WHY with your kids every morning on KLRU at 9 a.m.

This series focuses on the adventures of four fairytale friends who transform into reading-powered superheroes: Alpha Pig with Alphabet Power, Wonder Red with Word Power, Princess Presto with Spelling Power, Super Why with the Power to Read and Super YOU with the Power to Help. Together, they are the “Super Readers!” The Super Readers jump into books (literally) to find answers to everyday preschool challenges and embark on exciting adventures, where they play interactive reading games to overcome obstacles and save the day. In every episode, young viewers dive directly into a pop-up story to experience a brightly-illustrated children’s tale brought to magical life.

KLRU & PBS supports White House Educate to Innovate Campaign

Today, President Obama and the White House continued to publicly encourage students to pursue interests and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with the ‘Educate to Innovate‘ campaign. This mission is a core principal of the PBS mission and KLRU wants to ensure our community is aware of how we support this initiative with innovative, free resources for teachers, kids and parents.

KLRU and PBS offer opportunities to explore new ideas related to STEM learning through television and online content. On-line broadband access and digital media are dramatically changing the opportunities available to the nation’s educators improving STEM education. Through many of our award-winning STEM-related television programs – Nova, Nature, Cyberchase, Curious George and, most recently, Sid the Science Kid – public media continues to play its role as an innovator in digital content and professional development.

Teachers can learn more about how you can access STEM content for your teachers and students by visiting the PBS Teachers STEM Resource Center and use Science-related streaming video on PBS. Additional high-quality, resources for teachers in Austin and across Texas include:

- PBS TeacherLine of Texas, a premier provider of online professional development.

- Sesame Street’s Early STEM Literacy Initiative, “Math is Everywhere” programs.