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Curious George made his debut on PBS KIDS in 2006, but his storied life began 75 years ago.  You may know how George — originally named FiFi — was saved during Germany’s occupation of Paris.  German-born Jews, his creators Hans Augusto and Margret Rey fled the city on bicycles, riding for days before able to board a train.  When stopped en route for questioning, Hans showed his manuscript about the curious monkey to a French official, who was said to have exclaimed with a smile, “Ah! … un livre pour les enfants!”

Today Curious George makes countless children smile.  In addition to the 75 million books sold in more than 16 languages, PBS KIDS’ Curious George is beloved by many.  With a STEM-focused curriculum, many resources like this video clip and lesson plan

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As you prepare for a new school year, this might be just the time to plan joining one or both of these PBS LearningMedia free webinars:  1) August 24, Engineering and Design Process: Real-World Classroom Resources for grades 4-12  2) August 30, Integrating Digital Content to Explore Real-World Problems in the Elementary Classroom.

The first webinar is an interactive presentation geared towards enhancing students’ understanding of the engineering design process and standards.  In the second you can learn how  (more…)

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This video of Danica McKellar, formerly The Wonder Years’ Winnie Cooper, has had well over 10 million views on Facebook and YouTube this summer.  “The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers,” an Emmy-nominated web video series and site from the makers of acclaimed PBS science series, NOVA, profiles today’s leading scientists or engineers and reveals one of their “secrets” or passions.

Danica — who found her true identify not as a Hollywood heartthrob but as an accomplished mathematician — is one of many examples that will engage students and perhaps get them thinking about what makes for a meaningful life.

At PBS LearningMedia you’ll find more episodes from  (more…)

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Did you know that among its many resources, PBS LearningMedia also offers e-books?  One fascinating example for students is Engineering Is Saving the World with Cookstoves.  This e-book has videos, animations and interactive graphics that reveal the process that engineers used to create a new design for cookstoves in Darfur.

Additional video includes footage of an engineer at work as well as profiles of others who helped (more…)

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While hardly news to educators, the HuffPost recently reported on a survey from the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) confirming that teachers spend a great deal of time reteaching content because of summer learning losses.  Until students attend school throughout the year, resources like This Egg in a Bottle Experiment from Maya, full-time kid from PBS Parents, is one of many summer resources to try and help stem learning loss:

To keep kids learning over the summer, Alabama Public Television (APT) has found PreK-12 resources — for mathematics, reading, science, digital citizenship and more — that you can share with parents.

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Bringing the UniverseWGBH — America’s premier producer of science content for public television and media from Curious George® to NOVA® — has been awarded a NASA cooperative agreement* to develop digital media and online tools for K-12 STEM classrooms. Resources developed from the project, Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms, will be distributed free of charge through PBS LearningMedia™, impacting millions of students and teachers nationally.

WGBH would appreciate your participation in a brief survey to better understand what types of digital materials are used in K-12 classrooms for STEM instruction and to learn what types of resources are on your wish list.  The survey closes at 11:59pm EDT on Tues., June 14, 2016. Based on the time stamp of your responses, the FIRST and the FINAL 50 respondents will receive a $50 gift card.   (more…)

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PEEP AND THE BIG WIDE WORLD is no longer so new, but it is just as endearing and effective as ever.  More than just an offbeat cartoon, it’s a broadcast and digital universe that teaches science and math to young kids — and it’s fully bilingual.  Parents can click the big “Espanol” icon in the corner of any page to expose their kids to these lovable characters talking about STEM concepts in Spanish. ¡Excelente!

A recent summative assessment with 400 families found that English and Spanish speaking children who used PEEP resources were significantly more likely to improve their knowledge of math and science content, increase their interest in (more…)

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