Lending an Ear to STEM

The absence of images in podcasts seems to be a source of their creative potential. Without visuals, listeners are required to fill the gaps-and when these listeners are children, the results can be powerful. Studies have found that children between the ages of 7-13 respond more creatively to radio stories than to stories shown on television. Audio stories prompted kids to draw more novel pictures, think up more unique questions, and solve problems in a more imaginative way than did TV tales. Here are just a few STEM related podcasts for kids:

Wow in the World: NPR’s first show for kids discusses the latest news in science and technology in a way that’s enjoyable for kids and informative for grown-ups. Brains On: Each episode of this science podcast is co-hosted by a different kid, tackling their questions with interviews, fun segments, and the occasional musical number.

E-Styles LED Bracelet Workshop

Parent/child workshop:
Hey families, are you gearing up for the LUMA festival in Binghamton? Work alongside your child as they explore STEAM concepts making their very own LED light up bracelet. This workshop is appropriate for students 11 years old and up. 
Use conductive thread, felt, and LEDs to create soft circuits with e-textiles. Your child will learn about simple circuits, e-textiles and how LEDs work. Workshop will take place in the Uncorked Creations lofts located at 205 State Street, Binghamton.

Explore the Outdoors with PBS KIDS!

PBS KIDS celebrates Earth Month with its annual Explore the Outdoors initiative and a special week of Nature Cat, Splash and Bubbles, and Wild Kratts episodes. Catch this special week of programming on WSKG TV:
April 23 | 6:00am & 3:30pm | Wild Kratts ‘Cheeks The Hamster’
April 23 | 8:00am & 3:00pm | Nature Cat ‘Lets Talk Turkey Vulture/Prescription: Nature’
April 23 | 10:30am | Splash and Bubbles ‘Seal Sitters/from Ray to Zee’
April 24 | 6:00am & 3:30pm | Wild Kratts ‘Wild Ponies’
April 24 | 8:00am & 3:00pm | Nature Cat ‘Enter The Dragonfly/Water Woe’s’
April 24 | 10:30am | Splash and Bubbles ‘The Sea Sparkles/Tyke and Seek’ 
April 25 | 6:00am & 3:30pm | Wild Kratts ‘Elephant Brains!’ April 25 | 8:00am & 3:00pm | Nature Cat ‘Garden Impossible/Agents of the Great Outdoors’
April 25 | 10:30am | Splash and Bubbles ‘Lights Out!/Catching Some Zzzs’ 
April 26 | 6:00am & 3:30pm | Wild Kratts ‘Sloth Bear Suction’
April 26 | 10:30am | Splash and Bubbles ‘The Job Search/Reeftown’s Got Talent!’ 

Explore the Outdoors Activities from PBS KIDS:

Wild Kratts Nature Journal (pdf)
Curious George’s Pinwheel (pdf)
I Spy Peg (pdf)
Dinosaur Train’s Nature Collection (pdf)
Dee’s Nature Poetry (pdf)

Catch a Full Week of Brand New ‘Ready Jet Go!’ Episodes

READY JET GO! follows two neighborhood kids: Sean, who has an all-consuming drive for science facts, and Sydney, who has a passion for science fiction and imagination. They both befriend the new kid on their street, Jet Propulsion, whose family members happen to be aliens from the planet Bortron 7. Together, they explore our solar system and the effects it has on the science of our planet, all while learning about friendship and teamwork along the way. New episodes all this week on WSKG TV!

DIY Monster Slime

Looking for a simple DIY for your family?  Get in the spirit of Halloween AND science with this monster slime activity! https://youtu.be/OYuDNsbdiyQ

Learn how to make gooey monster slime TWO ways with this sensory craft. Don’t worry – the slime washes off hands easily with soap and water! Details of the full craft experience can be found here and continue the creepy-crawly theme by making these monster cupcakes!

Science Friday #NeatRock Challenge

Science Friday airs on WSQX Fridays 2-4pm

Are you a secret geology groupie? Do you have a rock collection on your window sill, in your garden or under your bed?  We won’t judge you, we have one too. We love rocks! WSKG has such an affinity for them, our Director of Science has a collection on her desk, in her house, and is known to ask her friends to add them to their suitcases when traveling due to her’s being overweight and full of ……wait for it…. rocks.

It's 'Back to Bortron' with the Propulsion Family

When Jet’s parents need to return to their home planet, Sean and Sydney join the Propulsion family for an epic adventure to Bortron 7. Get ready with these activities and tune in on Monday, August 14, 2017 at 7:00am and 2:00pm on WSKG TV!:

Ready Jet Go! Activities from Pinterest Board from PBS KIDS
Build your own rocket ship to go to Bortron 7 with Jet’s Rocket Ship Creator

Watch video where Jet Propulsion explains about his planet Bortron 7:

Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle

Launch into the adventure of a lifetime with everyone’s favorite monkey with the hit movie, Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle! When Curious George is asked to take part in a very important space mission, a little monkeying around forces him to crash-land in Africa. While a worried Man with the Yellow Hat searches for him, Curious George bravely explores the jungle and makes new animal friends along the way. Reunited at last, the two best pals have an unforgettable adventure shared with their new friends! Curious George 3: Back to the Jungle airs on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 8:30am on WSKG.

'Wild Kratts Alaska' Movie Event

While creature adventuring in Alaska, one of Aviva’s inventions falls overboard and attaches to a sockeye salmon – jumpstarting a wild chase upriver through the wilderness. The Whole Kratts track the incredible salmon run – a quest fraught with obstacles and amazing creature connections around every bend. Premieres on WSKG TV on July 24, 2017 at 7:30am and 3:30pm. https://youtu.be/J0tvSY4wUDE

At-Home Learning for Your Kids from PBS

Avoid the “summer slide” and keep the spirit of curiosity alive while school’s out with these informal anytime learning resources. This collection of videos, lessons, and activities encourages students grades PreK-12 to spend the summer exploring their own neighborhood, the country, the world, and even outer space – in person, or from the comfort of home or a local library. For additional summer resources, check out our Summer Reading Collection and Camp PBS LearningMedia. 

Take 'Flat Kratt' on Your Summer Adventures

Take the Flat Kratt with you wherever you go to assist you in all of your adventures! From your backyard to the forest, from a far away beach to the neighborhood pool, or from the next town over to another continent. How far will the Kratts travel this summer? Download, decorate, and take this#FlatKratt with you wherever you go. Take pictures and share them on social media with the hashtag #FlatKratt and be sure to tag your public media station WSKG!

Nature Cat: Ocean Commotion

A day for celebrating Hal and his favorite chew toy Mr. Chewinsky’s three-year anniversary as dog and toy has gone from joyous fun to total sadness as Nature Cat has made a terrible mistake! Nature Cat accidentally dropped Mr. Chewinsky down the storm drain, and now he is floating on the storm water, working his way through the drain system to the river and out to the ocean! Oh no! As the gang goes to find and save Mr. Chewinsky, they learn how all waterways are connected, and also meet up with a new special friend named Nature Dog, who helps them navigate the oceans. Will they find Mr. Chewinsky?

New Kids Lineup Begins Monday, June 5th

Thank you for trusting WSKG as safe, educational space for your family! We’ve updated our main channel TV schedule just in time for summer! Changes begin Monday, June 5, 2017. WSKG-HD KIDS
Monday – Friday 
6:00am | Thomas and Friends
6:30am | Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! 7:00am | Ready Jet Go!

Pennsylvania Students Seek to Make the Hellbender State Amphibian

The hellbender is North America’s largest amphibian. (Dave Harp)

According to the Bay Journal,  the Eastern Hellbender won’t win any beauty contests. It’s picked up such unflattering nicknames as “snot otter” and “old lasagna sides.”

But because the rarely seen giant salamander can only live in the most pristine of streams, a small group of Pennsylvania high school students thinks Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis should be named the official state amphibian, as a sort of clean water mascot. By calling attention to the existence — and decline —of hellbenders, the students hope to foster awareness in Pennsylvania of the need to restore the health of its rivers and streams.

“We want hellbenders to become a household name,” said River Sferlazza, 16, a member of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Student Leadership Council in Pennsylvania. “If it’s the state amphibian, hellbenders will become harder for people to forget.”

The student leadership council is an experiential learning program for young advocates for clean water in the Bay watershed.

Swing Into Spring with Curious George

You know it must be springtime if a curious monkey named George is dancing on the balcony at sunrise! The Man with the Yellow Hat is sure that George has spring fever, and he takes George to the park to experience all the wonders of spring. George is so excited about spring that he wants Hundley to have spring fever, too, but Hundley and the Doorman are busy trying to win the Mayor’s spring cleaning prize. When a broken water pipe floods the building, Hundley has to stay with George in the country, and George tries to make sure Hundley enjoys spring, too. Even blooming flowers, baby animals and a canoe ride can’t make Hundley love spring. What’s worse – Hundley gets lost in the country!

Tech Savvy Cortland-Ithaca

Did you know that women make up 48% of the US labor force, but only 29% of employees in STEM fields? Join the Cortland and Ithaca chapters of the American Association University of Women for  “Tech Savvy”, a day full of hands on workshops and challenges include Spinning a Web Page, Brain Hacking, Building Bridges, Googling with Paper Airplanes. “Savvy Skills” workshops cover important topics such as Technical Communication, Safety Online, and Public Speaking. Adult sessions help parents and advisors learn more about STEM education and careers, college planning, and financial aid. A STEM Fair with activities for girls and adults will be a new feature!

New Episodes of Splash and Bubbles

Dive into the fun during the week of March 13th during all-new episodes of Splash and Bubbles! New friends, new adventures, and more! Watch full episodes and play Splash and Bubbles games at http://pbskids.org/splashandbubbles

Watch Splash and Bubbles on WSKG TV at 10:00am and 2:00pm every Monday through Friday. https://youtu.be/vzWNN82VuGQ

Dinosaur Train: What's at the Center of the Earth?

In this one-hour special, the Conductor has a special surprise for our favorite Pteranodon Family, the Dinosaur Drill train! This amazing machine gives its passengers a front row seat as they dig deep underground on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure below the Earth’s surface. There they discover a whole new world from fossils and troglobites to rivers of lava. The family gains a whole new perspective on our planet and what it’s made of… especially after a runaway mine cart thrill ride!

Engaging Youth in Science around the Southern Tier

Are you looking to engage your student in science enrichment programs but not sure where to turn? Here are a few taking place in the next few months:

Invention Convention: Binghamton Imaginink in connection with the Central New York Patent Law Association (CNYPLA) is conducting an invention education program open to all students in grades K-8 in both public and private schools. This program is intended to teach children how to invent and to increase awareness and appreciation of the importance of invention in the United States. To participate in this program, the student is invited to invent a new idea for a device or a new method for doing something. The student is asked to think of a problem they have encountered, or know of, and to come up with an idea for a device or method to solve the problem.

Bob the Builder: Spaced

It’s an all-new season of Bob the Builder every Saturday morning at 7:00am on WSKG Create. And don’t forget to share photos or feedback of your students/kids with WSKG using hashtag #WSKGBuddingBuilders! Check out the episode description below for what’s in store this weekend! A Message from Space
Bob is building a radio telescope for Mei at the Observatory. Mei wants to test it by contacting her twin sister Lin on an orbiting space station.

Bob the Builder: A Sinking Feeling

It’s an all-new season of Bob the Builder every Saturday morning at 7:00am on WSKG Create. And don’t forget to share photos or feedback of your students/kids with WSKG using hashtag #WSKGBuddingBuilders! Check out the episode description below for what’s in store this weekend! In Too Deep
Bob must replace the jetties at the marina, but the ground is slippery, so Stretch has to do the digging. Scoop wants to dig too, but in trying to keep up with Stretch, he slides around and gets stuck.

Bob the Builder: Phillip's Important Job

It’s an all-new season of Bob the Builder every Saturday morning at 7:00am on WSKG Create. And don’t forget to share photos or feedback of your students/kids withWSKG using hashtag #WSKGBuddingBuilders! Check out the episode description below for what’s in store this weekend! Phillip annoys Betsy by insinuating that his work driving Mayor Madison is more important than hers. But when he breaks down en route to Anish Bose’s book launch at Fixham Castle, Phillip must accept Betsy’s help.

New Challenges Arise During 'Trouble At Christmas'

It’s an all-new season of Bob the Builder every Saturday morning at 7:00am on WSKG Create. And don’t forget to share photos or feedback of your students/kids withWSKG using hashtag #WSKGBuddingBuilders! Check out the episode description below for what’s in store this weekend! Muck the Elf
While erecting a Gingerbread House display at the plaza, Muck obsessively takes on the role of a Christmas elf – zipping around helping make the season special. He tries building a toy go-kart, decorating a Christmas tree, and even delivering presents.

Is Santa Real? (A Scientific Analysis)

Happy Holidays! Ever wonder how Santa could possibly manage to deliver all those presents in a single night? Or what gives red-nosed reindeer the ability to fly? And why do your Christmas lights get tangled in knots no matter how carefully you put the away?! Watch as It’s Okay to Be Smart, a PBS Digital Studios production, uses science to explain these holidays conundrums.

What's Hatching This Week on 'Bob the Builder'?

It’s an all-new season of Bob the Builder every Saturday morning at 7:00am on WSKG Create. And don’t forget to share photos or feedback of your students/kids withWSKG using hashtag #WSKGBuddingBuilders! Check out the episode description below for what’s in store this weekend! Dizzy and the Butterfly
Dizzy is thrilled to be working on the new butterfly house and wishes an orange butterfly would land on her. The butterfly pupae arrive and Dizzy is so excited that she doesn’t realize that one has fallen into her mixing drum.

Wendy Lights It Up in All-New 'Bob the Builder' Episode

It’s an all-new season of Bob the Builder every Saturday morning at 7:00am on WSKG Create. And don’t forget to share photos or feedback of your students/kids withWSKG using hashtag #WSKGBuddingBuilders! Check out the episode description below for what’s in store this weekend! Wendy’s Surprise
It’s Wendy’s birthday! Bob has planned a surprise party at the yard, but Wendy keeps adding lights to the Spring City Rockets’ ice-skating show and won’t leave until she is finished.

'Bob's Big Challenge' Kicks Off New Season of Beloved Series

The new season of Bob the Builder starts on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 7:00am on WSKG Create. Grab your tool belt and hardhat! Join Bob the Builder and his team as they construct projects using a foundation of determination and teamwork. With his business partner Wendy, apprentice builder Leo, and a team of machines, Bob is ready to fix the town of Fixham along with Spring City. This team digs into any project, hammering out solutions to problems, all while building confidence along the way.

Are You Raising a Budding Builder?

We want to hear from families and teachers! Join the #WSKGBuddingBuilders campaign via social media. Take a photo or video of your own child building, creating, making! Upload a drawing or finished project! Share your budding builder and their STEM work with WSKG via Facebook, Instagram,Twitter.

Celebrate STEM with Everyone’s Favorite Builder!

WSKG is launching a new month-long Bob the Builder activity corner at the Discovery Center of the Southern Tier on Saturday, December 3, 2016. Join us on this date from 10:00am until 1:00pm in the museum’s Ahearn Theater for screenings of all-new Bob the Builder episodes, building activities, and a coloring contest! The Bob the Builder activity corner will remain open throughout December nestled in the museum’s ‘Widgets’ exhibit.  WSKG activities are free with museum admission. You can also check out our Bob the Builder inspired holiday tree at Roberson Museum and Science Center during the annual ‘Home for the Holidays’ exhibit.

Celebrate STEM with Everyone's Favorite Builder!

WSKG is launching a new month-long Bob the Builder activity corner at the Discovery Center of the Southern Tier on Saturday, December 3, 2016. Join us on this date from 10:00am until 1:00pm in the museum’s Ahearn Theater for screenings of all-new Bob the Builder episodes, building activities, and a coloring contest! The Bob the Builder activity corner will remain open throughout December nestled in the museum’s ‘Widgets’ exhibit.  WSKG activities are free with museum admission. You can also check out our Bob the Builder inspired holiday tree at Roberson Museum and Science Center during the annual ‘Home for the Holidays’ exhibit.

New Series ‘Splash and Bubbles’ Premieres 11/23

SPLASH AND BUBBLES is designed to encourage kids ages 4-7 to explore the natural undersea world. Developed with an advisory panel of top marine biologists, digital innovators and educators, SPLASH AND BUBBLES is grounded in a marine biology curriculum that focuses on themes of diversity, individuality, interconnectedness and the celebration of learning and discovery. The series also introduces the concepts of ecological balance and the importance of taking care of the ocean. SPLASH AND BUBBLES follows the adventures of Splash, a yellow fusilier fish who has migrated all over the ocean before settling down in Reeftown, where he befriends Bubbles, a Mandarin dragonet whose vivid orange and electric blue coloring matches her colorful personality. Until Splash came along, Bubbles and most of the other Reeftown residents had no idea what lived beyond the cozy confines of their coral walls.

New Series 'Splash and Bubbles' Premieres 11/23

SPLASH AND BUBBLES is designed to encourage kids ages 4-7 to explore the natural undersea world. Developed with an advisory panel of top marine biologists, digital innovators and educators, SPLASH AND BUBBLES is grounded in a marine biology curriculum that focuses on themes of diversity, individuality, interconnectedness and the celebration of learning and discovery. The series also introduces the concepts of ecological balance and the importance of taking care of the ocean. SPLASH AND BUBBLES follows the adventures of Splash, a yellow fusilier fish who has migrated all over the ocean before settling down in Reeftown, where he befriends Bubbles, a Mandarin dragonet whose vivid orange and electric blue coloring matches her colorful personality. Until Splash came along, Bubbles and most of the other Reeftown residents had no idea what lived beyond the cozy confines of their coral walls.

DIY Monster Slime

Looking for a simple DIY for your family this weekend?  Get in the spirit of Halloween AND science with this monster slime activity! https://youtu.be/OYuDNsbdiyQ

Learn how to make gooey monster slime TWO ways with this sensory craft. Don’t worry – the slime washes off hands easily with soap and water! Details of the full craft experience can be found here and continue the creepy-crawly theme by making these monster cupcakes!

‘Nature Cat’ Kicks-Off Halloween Specials with ‘Runaway Pumpkin’

This fall, kids are in for a delightfully spooky treat on PBS KIDS. Check out the new Halloween-themed episodes from NATURE CAT on Monday, October 10, 2016 at 3:00pm! 

The treats keep coming in October when PBS KIDS will offer a variety of Halloween-themed games for kids to play on the freePBS KIDS Games App and pbskids.org, including the Cat in the Hat Corn Maze Craze, Cat in the Hat Camp Time, NATURE CAT Park Builder and PEG + CAT Parade. A new Spooky Street and set of rewards will be launching on PBS KIDS’ popular virtual world Kart Kingdom as well. Hands-on activities, including pumpkin-carving templates with favorite PBS KIDS characters, are available on PBS Parents. “Halloween is an exciting holiday for our audience, so we are celebrating this year with new programming from several of our popular series – including THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT!,” said Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Children’s Media and Education, PBS.

'Nature Cat' Kicks-Off Halloween Specials with 'Runaway Pumpkin'

This fall, kids are in for a delightfully spooky treat on PBS KIDS. Check out the new Halloween-themed episodes from NATURE CAT on Monday, October 10, 2016 at 3:00pm! 

The treats keep coming in October when PBS KIDS will offer a variety of Halloween-themed games for kids to play on the freePBS KIDS Games App and pbskids.org, including the Cat in the Hat Corn Maze Craze, Cat in the Hat Camp Time, NATURE CAT Park Builder and PEG + CAT Parade. A new Spooky Street and set of rewards will be launching on PBS KIDS’ popular virtual world Kart Kingdom as well. Hands-on activities, including pumpkin-carving templates with favorite PBS KIDS characters, are available on PBS Parents. “Halloween is an exciting holiday for our audience, so we are celebrating this year with new programming from several of our popular series – including THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT!,” said Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Children’s Media and Education, PBS.

All Aboard the 'Dinosaur Train' for A-Z Fun

Travel on the Dinosaur Train with Buddy, Mom, and Tiny to gather all the dinosaurs in the “Dinosaurs A to Z'” song for a picnic at Troodon Town! Join the Pteranodon family as they reunite with some dinosaurs they’ve met before, and are introduced to new species, and learn about the classification of all 26 dinosaurs on the train. Dinosaur Train embraces and celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains while sparking an interest in life science, natural history, and paleontology. Episodes include: The Call of the Wild Corythosaurus; Fast Friends; One Small Dinosaur; Have You Heard About the Herd?; Dinos A to Z, Part 1, The Big Idea; Dinos A to Z, Part 2, Spread the Word; Dinos A to Z, Part 3, Classification; and Dinos A to Z, Part 4, A to Z Picnic and Solstice Time. Hop on board Monday, August 22, 2016 and Friday, August 26, 2016 at 11:00am with WSKG TV!

Catch New Episodes of 'Ready Jet Go!' All Week

Blast off to adventure with a week of all-new episodes of Ready Jet Go! Monday, August 15, 2016 through Friday, August 19, 2016 at 7:30am and 4:00pm on WSKG TV. An alien family with vastly superior technology is traveling across the galaxy on assignment; the parents are travel writers. They pick up a radio signal of a catchy 1950s rock’n’roll song called “Jet Propulsion” that leads them to Earth, which they find to be a first-rate planet: lush and beautiful, worthy of staying awhile and writing up several travel articles. They morph into human shape, call themselves the Propulsion family, and name their kid JET, thinking it a “typical Earth name.” When their flying saucer morphs into the shape of a house and lands in a vacant lot, two kids witness the event: neighbors SEAN and SYDNEY.

Creature Teachers Martin and Chris Host An Underwater Adventure

Join the adventures of Martin and Chris as they meet up with cool creatures from around the world – and witness many never-before-seen wildlife moments. With their creature smarts plus their newly invented Creature Power Suits, the brothers Kratt are using amazing animal abilities to rescue their animal friends when they get into trouble. Each episode is a wildly funny adventure that also features how animals use science in their natural lives.  In this special half-hour episode ‘Lost in Sea’:
Speaking Dolphinese | The Wild Kratts team is on a mission to decode the secret language of one of the smartest creatures on earth – dolphins! With the help of Aviva’s experimental dolphin decoder and two young dolphin tutors, Chris and Martin join a pod and try to speak “dolphinese”.

Join WSKG for 'Odd Squad: The Movie' Screening Event

Families are invited to WSKG Studios for activities and a free screening of Odd Squad: The Movie on Thursday, August 11, 2016.  Come dressed as an agent!, make blob!, earn a badge!, and more!  Doors open at 5:45pm and seating is limited.  If you would like to attend, you must RSVP using the online form below. NEW ADDITION TO THE EVENT: Come meet K9-Mac and Deputy Andres from the Broome County Sheriff’s Department! In this feature-length Odd Squad event, a rival group of adults called Weird Team arrive with a gadget that fixes and odd problem.

Wild Kratts: Back in Creature Time

In the special, Aviva unveils her most secret invention yet – the Time Trampoline! Now the Kratts crew can jump back in time and finally meet extinct creatures like the Dodo bird and the mysterious Tasmanian Tiger. Part 1 | The Wild Kratts crew lament the extinction of different animals in recent history and how they’ll never ever be able to see them. Aviva decides that it’s finally time to unveil her most secret invention yet – the Time Trampoline! Using the trampoline, the Wild Kratts jump back in time to meet the extinct Dodo Bird of Mauritius.

Get ready for 'National Week of Making'

Celebrate the 2016 National Week of Making and share great #Maker activities from WGBH Kids programs Design Squad Global, Plum Landing, and PEEP and the Big Wide World! Join us for a Twitter chat encouraging your kids to become Makers. #GrowMakers Twitter chat takes place on Tuesday June 21 at 12pm.  Tune and see what all the fuss is all about. 

“Makers and builders and doers — of all ages and backgrounds — have pushed our country
forward, developing creative solutions to important challenges and proving that ordinary
Americans are capable of achieving the extraordinary when they have access to the resources they           need.” – President Obama

Connect with organizations during the chat by using these twitter handles:@Designsquad
@SWEtalk @TheConnectory @ngcproject @WSKG @nancycoddington 

 

Global Big Day

Prairie Warbler by Greg Gard

Global Big Day is a single day uniting birdwatchers worldwide across political boundaries and language barriers, all brought together by the shared passion for birds. Global Big Day takes place on May 14, 2016, is easy to participate in and helps scientists learn about bird populations and migration patterns. Submit Your Data to eBird on May 14
It’s that simple. If you submit your birds to eBird they count. Learn how to take part.

New PBS KIDS Episodes Encourage Families to Explore the Outdoors

PBS KIDS celebrates Earth Month with its annual Explore the Outdoors initiative and a special week of new episodes of Nature Cat and Wild Kratts including the 100th episode of Wild Kratts on April 28 in a 100-themed show! Catch this special week of programming on WSKG TV.  New Wild Kratts episodes will air beginning Monday, April 25, 2016 at 7:00am and 5:00pm.  The new Nature Cat shows air at 8:00am and 3:30pm. https://youtu.be/lYzR411nfo4

 

'Ready Jet Go!' Promises Adventure with Full Week of New Episodes

A week of all-new intergalactic adventures with Jet and the gang includes a mission to Saturn’s largest moon, a Solar-System inspired bake-off, a video game-like adventure to the Asteroid Belt and a saucer search flight for the Northern Lights. Watch on WSKG TV Monday, April 11, 2016 through Friday, April 14, 2016 at 7:30am and 4:00pm. https://youtu.be/wzKI0c_54bQ

 

Register now for 'Tech Savvy: A Pathway to a STEM Career' Event

Join the Cortland and Tompkins Counties AAUW chapters for an exciting day of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities for girls in grades 6-9th & their parents. Girls will participate in a  live chat with K. Lindsay Hunter, one of the underground astronauts who excavated Homo naledi.  Keynote address will be by Kathryn J. Boor, Dean of Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. WSKG Science will be interviewing girls on their future STEM careers and sharing SciGirls resources for families. Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend the Tech Savvy one-day program for adults.

Celebrate the Outdoors with 'Cyberchase' Activities

WSKG celebrates the environment with Cyberchase!  Our Cyberchase pick of the week is this online collection of nature-themed activities that are low-cost/no-cost and easy to replicate at home or in the classroom. Topics include wind power, temperature, recycling, fog, ecosystems, and more.  Cyberchase airs on WSKG TV Fridays at 5:30pm and Saturday & Sunday at 10:30am.  Tune in to support math and environmental lessons.

Girls Explore STEM Careers during 'Tech Savvy' Event in April

Tech Savvy, a program of AAUW, introduces girls in sixth through ninth grades to many types of careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and teaches “savvy skills” such as negotiation, computer coding and public speaking. This hands on day will be filled with experiments, mentorship opportunities and making new friends interested in science. Girls will participate in a  live chat with K. Lindsay Hunter, one of the underground astronauts who excavated Homo naledi.  Keynote address will be by Kathryn J. Boor, Dean of Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. WSKG Science will be interviewing girls on their future STEM careers and sharing SciGirls resources for families.

Explore the Outdoors with WSKG and Tanglewood Nature Center

Join WSKG’s Youth Focused team on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Tanglewood Nature Center.  Activities will include a scavenger hunt, sensory safari, screenings of the new, hit PBS KIDS show Nature Cat, and more!  This free event runs from 10:00am to noon and is open to the community.  Call 607.732.6060 with questions. Parents, do your kids love Nature Cat?

Explore the Outdoors with WSKG and Tanglewood Nature Center

Join WSKG’s Youth Focused team on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Tanglewood Nature Center.  Activities will include a scavenger hunt, sensory safari, screenings of the new, hit PBS KIDS show Nature Cat, and more!  This free event runs from 10:00am to noon and is open to the community.  Call 607.732.6060 with questions. Parents, do your kids love Nature Cat?

New 'Dinosaur Train' Episodes Include a Riverboat Adventure

The whole Pteranodon Family takes a rollicking adventure on the Dinosaur Train Riverboat! Buddy and Don vow to spend every minute together, but while Buddy wants to spend all his time investigating the creatures on the river, Don wants to spend all his time playing games and investigating the buffet. Can they come to some kind of agreement? “Rollin’ on the Riverboat: Part Two” – While still rolling down the river on the Dinosaur Train Riverboat, Grandpa Pteranodon tells Buddy about the Legend of Admiral Globidens – a HUGE Mososaur that supposedly lives on the river, but no one has ever seen. Buddy enlists Dad and Tiny’s help to look for Admiral Globidens, but they can’t seem to find him.

'Cyberchase' Episode is a Lesson in Math and the Environment

WSKG loves learning about math and the environment with Cyberchase!  Our Cyberchase pick of the week is the episode ‘Bottled Up’ and you can watch it here:

Episode Description
Radsters are an active bunch, but they have a big problem: water bottles. Way Cool Arena has been turned into a bottle dump, and the beloved skate park is next! The kids and Slider must find a way to get rid of the heaps of empties and reduce future waste while making sure Radsters stay healthy. For Real segment: While visiting his friend at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Harry learns about sustainability, like recycling fabrics in clothes to reducing plastic waste by using reusable water bottles.

New STEM series for kids premieres

Today is the day to blast-off with READY JET GO!  Join Jet Propulsion and his three neighbor friends, Sean, Sydney, and Mindy.  Jet is the new kid in the neighborhood whose family happens to be aliens from the planet Bortron 7.  Together they explore the solar system, learning about friendship, teamwork, and the world around them along the way. In this one-hour launch special, Jet and friends take a trip to the Moon to learn about asteroids, find out how living on the Moon is different than living on Earth, explore the moon’s phases and have a backyard sleepover under the starry sky.

Ready Jet Go! launches next week!

WSKG is counting down to blast-off with READY JET GO!, a new show launching Monday, February 15, 2016.  The series follows Jet Propulsion and his three neighbor friends, Sean, Sydney, and Mindy.  Jet is the new kid in the neighborhood whose family happens to be aliens from the planet Bortron 7.  Together they explore the solar system, learning about friendship, teamwork, and the world around them along the way. In this one-hour launch special, Jet and friends take a trip to the Moon to learn about asteroids, find out how living on the Moon is different than living on Earth, explore the moon’s phases and have a backyard sleepover under the starry sky.

Ready Jet Go! launches in February!

WSKG is counting down to blast-off with READY JET GO!, a new show launching Monday, February 15, 2016.  The series follows Jet Propulsion and his three neighbor friends, Sean, Sydney, and Mindy.  Jet is the new kid in the neighborhood whose family happens to be aliens from the planet Bortron 7.  Together they explore the solar system, learning about friendship, teamwork, and the world around them along the way. In this one-hour launch special, Jet and friends take a trip to the Moon to learn about asteroids, find out how living on the Moon is different than living on Earth, explore the moon’s phases and have a backyard sleepover under the starry sky.

All About the Holidays | Groundhog Day

Are we in for 6 more weeks of winter? We will find out on February 2! Teach early learners about Groundhog Day with PBS LearningMedia’s collection of K-3 resources related to Punxsutawney Phil and the science behind our changing seasons. Featuring videos, puzzles, and storyboards! Augment your classroom lessons with this festive collection of resources.

'Nature Cat' encourages children to explore nature

The new PBS KIDS series Nature Cat follows Fred, a house cat with dreams of outdoor exploration. Fred only has one problem: he has no instincts for nature! We know you’re loving the new episodes of Nature Cat on WSKG-TV… but did you know there are fun interactive resources and DYI activities surrounding the show? Check out Daisy’s Garden Corner:

 

Or, try this art activity called Makin’ Tracks:

 
View the entire Nature Cat Collection on PBS LearningMedia
Watch Nature Cat on WSKG-TV
Weekdays at 8:00AM & 3:30PM
Saturdays at 8:30AM & 11:00AM
Sundays at 8:30AM

About Nature Cat
Designed for kids ages 3-8, Nature Cat is a great early-elementary science education resource that will help children develop connections with the natural world while learning age-appropriate reasoning skills such as classifying, counting, and measuring. Learn more.

Bee a Detective and Discover the Culprit Behind Declining Bee Populations

photo: Nancy Coddington

Did you know that about a third of the U.S. diet comes from foods that involve pollination by honey bees? Since bees provide vital benefits to people, including crop pollination, and products such as honey and beeswax, the loss of bee colonies through colony collapse disorder (CCD) is a serious concern. In this lesson plan from The Nature Conservancy, students learn about the features of a honeybee colony and the potential causes of CCD. The activity puts students at the cutting edge of scientific research because to date, CCD has not been reliably attributed to any single cause. By the end of the lesson, students should understand that in nature, simple cause/effect relationships may not explain all of our observations.

Bob the Builder

Catch the all-new Bob the Builder on WSKG’s Create Channel (46.3) Sunday mornings at 7am! https://youtu.be/18TgwcFPmSs
There’s more fun Bob the Builder online – check out games, videos and activities! Educational Goals
Bob the Builder gently brings the preschooler into the world of STEM—Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Children see Bob’s community come to life as he and his crew take on new building projects and improve existing structures. Can we build it?

Looking for a Lightsaber for that Special Someone in Your Life?

Our friends from Science Friday share this DIY Labersaber inspired post. Part of becoming a true fighter in the Star Wars universe—be it a Jedi or a Sith Lord—is constructing a lightsaber that is distinctly yours. In anticipation of the new Star Wars film, Science Friday looked into one DIY approach, and got some best practice tips from its designer. The project is a quick lesson in building electronics, and provides the opportunity to be creative with your end product. “It’s kind of the iconic science fiction weapon,” says Vince Estacio, a machinist and hobbyist based in Austin, Texas, of the lightsaber.

The Cat In The Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas!

This adventure finds the Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally on a journey around the world to help a lost reindeer find his way home to Freezeyourknees Snowland in time for Christmas. On the way, the Thinga-ma-jigger breaks down and they depend on a variety of animals – from African bush elephants to bottlenose dolphins to red crabs – and their remarkable abilities to help them make an amazing journey home. https://youtu.be/7s0_IUEkE_8?list=PL6QVLOF_kAG700SVVZuyqIP15QzlE-Id8
Watch on WSKG TV December 16th and 24th!

Season 4 of 'Dinosaur Train' comes to WSKG on December 7

The all-new fourth season of Dinosaur Train kicks off on December 7 with the holiday adventure “Trains, Submarines, and Zeppelins” (in tribute to the classic holiday movie “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”). When Mr. Pteranodon and Larry go out to the Big Pond, they accidentally miss the last train home. Will they make it home to their families in time for the Winter Solstice Holiday? Here’s a clip from a past episode to get you in the Solstice spirit! https://youtu.be/i8ZScr4Dn1A
Watch on WSKG TV at 11:00am and 11:30pm, Monday through Friday!

Nature Cat Special

Nature Cat is a new animated PBS KIDS series designed to encourage kids to explore and develop connections with the natural world. With broad comedic appeal and a focus on natural sciences, the show follows Fred, a house cat who dreams of exploring the great outdoors.  Once his family leaves for the day, Fred transforms into Nature Cat, a “backyard explorer extraordinaire!” Nature Cat can’t wait to get outside for a day of backyard nature excursions and bravery, but there’s one problem: he’s still a house cat with no instincts for nature! Fortunately, Nature Cat’s animal friends are at his side to share in his deep love for Mother Nature, passion for exploring the great outdoors, and swashbuckling wanderlust of old-fashioned backyard adventure.

A Creature Christmas | Wild Kratts Movie

It’s Christmas time and the Wild Kratts team is taking a break from creature adventuring to celebrate. But when they receive an alert that their favorite creatures are suddenly disappearing around the globe, their holiday party quickly turns into a rescue mission. Our heroes must race against time to thwart their greedy archrivals’ most miserly scheme left! Will they be able to travel to the ends of the earth and return their baby animal friends to their homes in time for holidays? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXfF1Os7VOc

 

Celebrate National Take A Hike Day!

Celebrate National Take a Hike Day with PBS Kids Plum Landing! You don’t need to be a hiker to get outdoors and explore with your family, and there’s no need to make a special trip to find nature: you’ll find it right out your front door, from the red-tailed hawks patrolling the city to the dandelions poking through cracks in the sidewalk. Step outdoors, look around, ask a few questions, and let your child take the lead! Walk and Talk
Take a stroll and talk about the plants and animals that call your neighborhood home. Where do the squirrels find food?

"Science of Clouds," free webinar from SciGirls

Badlands National Park, SD Photo by Shaina Niehans, NPS  http://www.nps.gov/badl/index.htm
Get your girls involved in citizen science with a free webinar from SciGirls focused on cloud science. The webinar will take place  November 3rd, at 12 pm. Visit www.scigirlsconnect.org to register. Sarah Crecelius from the NASA Langley Research Center will present S’COOL (Students’ Cloud Observations Online): The S’COOL Project involves participants ages 5-20+ in real science, making and reporting ground truth observations of clouds to assist in the validation of NASA’s CERES satellite. Ralph Bouquet from Nova Labs will also be joining us to discuss Cloud Lab.

Code Like a Girl puts more girls in the game

  PBS Newshour Extra

Alexa Cafe and Code Like a Girl teach girls the basics of game design and encourage interest in technology so they can create games and help to diversify the heavily male-dominated gaming industry. Even though many girls love playing video and computer games, the subject matter and design of popular games almost always aim for the interests of a male audience. Part of that lies in who makes the games. Women made up only 11 percent of computer game designers in 2013, and just three percent of programmers. “We’re trying to create that environment to say, hey, you could be the world’s best coder,” said Code Like a Girl instructor Claudia Ortiz.

Write Your Name in Binary Code

01001000 01100101 01101100 01101100 01101111 00100001

Those ones and zeros might not look like anything to you, but in binary code the numbers are actually saying “Hello!” Science Friday’s Ariel Zych shares how you can write your own name using binary code. Any code that uses just two symbols to represent information is considered binary code. Different versions of binary code have been around for centuries, and have been used in a variety of contexts. For example, Braille uses raised and unraised bumps to convey information to the blind, Morse code uses long and short signals to transmit information, and the example above uses sets of 0s and 1s to represent letters. Perhaps the most common use for binary nowadays is in computers: binary code is the way that most computers and computerized devices ultimately send, receive, and store information.

The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies

Orange-and-black wings fill the sky as NOVA charts one of nature’s most remarkable phenomena: the epic migration of monarch butterflies across North America. To capture a butterfly’s point of view, NOVA’s filmmakers used a helicopter, ultralight, and hot-air balloon for aerial views along the transcontinental route. This wondrous annual migration, which scientists are just beginning to fathom, is an endangered phenomenon that could dwindle to insignificance if the giant firs that the butterflies cling to during the winter disappear. Learn more & get involved:

Monarch Watch
http://www.monarchwatch.org/
Learn how to create “waystations” for monarch butterflies, read about the life cycle of the monarch, and more at this website from the University of Kansas. Journey North: Monarch Butterfly Migration
http://www.learner.org/jnorth/monarch/
Join others and help track the monarch population as the butterflies migrate across North America each year.

Talk Like a Firefly

Science Friday: If you’re lucky enough to live where fireflies flash at night, then you have surely seen their magical illuminations on warm summer evenings. But did you know that by observing fireflies while they are flashing, you can learn to communicate with them? If you haven’t already, watch the Science Friday Video “In a Flash: Firefly Communication” for a little background on how fireflies use light to communicate:

By watching and comparing fireflies all across the country, scientists have been able to map out the unique flash patterns of male and female fireflies of different species. Dr. John E. Lloyd, an entomologist at the University of Florida, featured in the video above, was one of the first to do this extensively for North American species of firefly in the genus Photinus. Check out these family friendly activities from Science Friday. 

 

Kart Kingdom Live Game Event

Join WSKG Public Media at the Broome County Public Library on Tuesday July 28th for a fun afternoon playing a PBS KIDS Kart Kingdom Live Game! Four teams will challenge each other using engineering skills to outwit their competitors in the game ‘Water Works’. Teams will work together, design, communicate and travel through the Water Works game during this hour long event. Space is limited, register here, choose a specific start time. It is important to arrive at your registered time so we can accommodate all participants.

Passion for Pixels

SciGirls has a passion for pixels. When you look at a photo of a planet in space, did you know that you’re really looking at a set of numbers? Remote-sensing satellites take pictures and gather data that is transmitted to the ground as digital signals, or sets of numbers. Then computer software converts the numbers into color images. Have your students play with data transmission using this SciGirls activity as you guide them through encoding messages into digital signals they send each other.

What makes cheese….so stinky?

What lives in cheese? What makes cheese so delicious? It’s the bacteria, fungi, mites, and maggots living in it, of course! Check out Gross Science’s Anna Rothschild as she explores the stink, behind the yum, of cheese.  

 

 

Looking to Get Your Girls Engaged in Science?

Are you a Teacher, Scout or 4-H leader? Or a parent looking for ways to engage your tween girls in STEM activities? First, what is STEM? Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, we can even incorporate the Arts and make it STEAM, which is how the world works in real life. Most things we use or see everyday fall into the STEAM category.

Sciencenter

“Look, touch, listen and discover…” that’s what a visit to the Sciencenter in Ithaca is all about. Founded in 1983, the Sciencenter strives to inspire through its hands-on exhibits and programs, each designed to educate and engaged visitors in the wonders of science. With a variety of educational programs and over 250 exhibits, including a tide pool touch tank, an outdoor science park, and an astronomical exhibition, the museum can be appreciated by guests of all ages. One of the popular attractions is The Sagan Planet Walk exhibit, which was created in memory of former Ithaca resident and Cornell University professor Carl Sagan. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ei2Hx60221k

The Sagan Planet Walk is just one of the many things to LOOK AT, TOUCH, LISTEN TO, and DISCOVER while travelling New York’s Path Through History.

Museum of the Earth

Overlooking Cayuga Lake, Museum of the Earth in Ithaca, takes visitors on a journey through time that spans over four billion years — from the earth’s origin to the present day. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUdDRz5iCMw

Established in 2003 by the Paleontological Research Institute, Museum of the Earth provides a unique opportunity for visitors of all ages to learn about the history of life on earth in fun and exciting ways. In addition to the “Journey Through Time” exhibition, permanent features include a glacier exhibit, reconstructed Mastodon and Right Whale skeletons, a coral reef aquaria, and interactive discovery labs. Temporary exhibits include natural history displays, interactive science features, and art exhibitions. With each visit to Museum of the Earth there is more to be learned, making this not just an essential, but also a frequent stop on New York’s Path Through History.