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May 2, 2017

WNET’s Take Your Child to Work Day Is A Rousing Success

Last week, WNET participated in Take Your Child to Work Day, where 22 children aged K–6 participated in various activities throughout the day with enthusiasm and a willingness to learn about the inner workings of public television.

“It was an absolute pleasure to work with the next generation of WNET,” said WNET co-organizer Patricia Bowen. Departments from across the organization put together events for the children. Check out the activities the children participated in below, and see how both they, and their parents, reacted to the event overall.

 The children learn about Cyberchase and more from Ana Voci and the CEM Department

The children learn about Cyberchase and more from Ana Voci and the CEM Department

Children’s & Educational Media

The Children’s & Educational Media team took kids grades K-2 behind-the-scenes of Cyberchase, where they learned how the show is created then participated in a focus group about their digital and gaming preferences. “The children played on laptops and tablets while providing valuable feedback about the game, which will be incorporated into current plans for Cyberchase redevelopment,” said Samantha Seid. In addition to Cyberchase, the older children (grades 3-6) learned how digital role-playing game Mission US is scripted and played Mission 4 “City of Immigrants.”

 Mary Kennedy and KJ Vanderiet go exploring with the kids through Google Expeditions' virtual reality

Mary Kennedy and KJ Vanderiet go exploring with the kids through Google Expeditions’ virtual reality

Education

Grades 3-6 learned how the Education Department creates lessons for PBS LearningMedia, enjoyed a private screening of a Nature clip, and discussed how a teacher might use digital media in the classroom, and what questions a teacher could ask to help their students learn from the video. They also went on a virtual field trip through Google Expeditions, “visiting” the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Tenement Museum in New York City, then went abroad, touring the Moon and the Galápagos Islands. Mary Kennedy reacted, “The kids loved being immersed in the various environments and their enthusiasm was infectious. It was so fun to see them interact with the work we do. We all had a blast.”

A "thank you" note to Jon Berman for a fun experience!

A “thank you” note to Jon Berman for a fun experience!

Broadcast Operations

In Audio Studio C, grades 3-6 recorded and produced a short audio clip. “First, we recorded each child saying the number of their choice. Then we went into production mode and picked a funny audio effect to put on each of their voices, and a sound effect to go with it,” explained Jon Berman. “We had some good laughs and I think everyone had a fun. I most definitely did.”

Law

Legal gave the kids an overview of copyright law basics. The kids then created their own copyrighted works and participated in a copyright-themed game show. “I was so impressed with how curious and eager to learn the children were. They were so creative when drawing their ‘copyrighted material,'” said Melissa Major. “It seemed like everyone had a blast!”

This budding photographer has quite the career ahead of her.

This budding photographer has quite the career ahead of her.

The children also participated in a video activity (“the video team might just have inspired the next generation of budding videographers!” noted Research Assistant to the President & CEO Annika Leybold), learned the mechanics of photography in the Photo Studio, participated in a scavenger hunt (“I was impressed with their detective skills,” said IEG’s Tess Brock), and, at the end of the day, wrote thank-you notes where they wrote about their day, what they learned, and what their favorite activity was. “I even got a thank you note from one of them that’s now hanging up in my cubicle!” enthused Media & Broadcast Operations’ Yeliz Alakas. Friends of THIRTEEN’s Kala DeStefano, who volunteered during the event, noticed how the kids’ “energy brought a smile to everyone’s face. It was fun to see our work through the eyes of this younger generation and know how important it is to them.”

Yeliz Alakas receives thank you notes at the day's end.

Yeliz Alakas receives thank you notes at the day’s end.

The parents were equally as excited for the day as the children:

“My daughter, Ava, loved her day at WNET. She thought it was the ‘best day ever.’ Ava went to school and told her class about her experience. She gave her teacher the card explaining Mission US and she shared her swag with her class. I am so grateful for the opportunity to share what we do at WNET.”Jennifer Norcott, Local Programming

“Thank you so much for providing such a fun-filled day for the kids. My daughter (Leandra) told me that I ‘work in a really cool place, with really cool people.’ We both appreciate your work and your patience!”Larissa Fernandez, Development

“My son Leo loved everything and didn’t want to leave the building at the end of the day!”Matt Clark, Law

“…it was great to see how the station staff responded in general. You couldn’t miss the smiles of most faces as they ran into the children and the glee it seemed to bring into the ‘room.’Ana Ramos, Media & Broadcast Operations

“The best part was seeing the enthusiasm in their faces when I took them down to the Pro Tools editing room. They lit up the room with energy and even told me to call them “producers and directors” when I went down to pick them up. That day was a special moment for not only the kids, but for myself also!”Milad Lashgarian, Membership

“My son was very happy (and exhausted) at the end of the day. It was great to be able to share what we do here with the kids (even the dry topics, like legal).”Blanche Robertson, Legal

“Sachi had an awesome time! She particularly enjoyed the scavenger hunt and making new friends. She’s already looking forward to returning for our next event…”Amy Moran, Communications

“My granddaughter Destiny really enjoyed all of the activities and wanted to come back the next day.”Patricia Hayes, Development

“My son had a ball. His favorite parts were the scavenger hunt and playing with the PBS KIDS games.”Beth Calvo, Procurement.

“It was a wonderful day for the children, and I was so happy that everyone was able to make this event happen! My daughter Sage had a terrific day, THANK YOU!”Leonora Rush, Law

“I can’t thank you enough for organizing such a fun-filled day for our kids. You went above and beyond to provide them with a really special day!!!”Jenn Pane-Abrahamson, Design & On-Air Promos

 Top Row (L-R): Matei (Dragos Stoica); Logan (Ana Ramos); Destiny (Patricia Hayes); Sage (Leonora Rush); Ava (Jenna Norcott); Alexei (Sergey Bessarab); Andrei (Sergey Bessarab); Zoe (Richard Abraham). Middle Row (L-R): Andrew (Beth Calvo); Leo (Matt Clark); Chii-Anne (Fred Duncan); Ilyana (Miguel Garcia); Leandra (Larissa Fernandez); Sachi (Amy Moran); Michael (Joseph Lundrigan). Bottom Row (L-R): Ali (Blanche Robertson); Anna (Sergey Bessarab); Andrei (Dragos Stoica); Carissa (Steven Siu); Sanaa (Naima Smith); Kayla (Jenn Pane Abrahamson).

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The photo studio was taken over by amateur photographers.

The photo studio was taken over by amateur photographers.

Posing. On. Point.

Posing. On. Point.

A lovely thank you note.

A lovely thank you note.

Studying Cyberchase adventures and providing valuable feedback to the CEM Department.

Studying Cyberchase adventures and providing valuable feedback to the CEM Department.

Immersing themselves in WNET content.

Immersing themselves in WNET content.

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