Kids’ Media and Education continued to support kids, teachers and caregivers with a wide range of tools and programming on broadcast and digital platforms.
Films BYkids returned for a second season, pairing teenagers from around the world with accomplished filmmakers to create personal documentaries that educate on global issues such as climate change, immigration and child marriage. Digital series Rising Artist, produced in collaboration with ALL ARTS, profiled talented, creative students at NYC-area universities. Cyberchase‘s newest movie Space Waste Odyssey saw the CyberSquad use their scientific reasoning skills to get out of trash trouble. A complementary learning game taught players how to dispose of waste by sorting it into containers for reuse, recycling, compost and landfill.
WNET expanded its educator workshops by partnering with Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, which aims to meet the educational needs of children while hospitalized. The teacher training focused on PBS LearningMedia digital resources and hands-on experimentation with PBS apps.
“A main focus for us is bringing joy to students that are hospitalized through learning and through engagement, and much of what we saw today with PBS LearningMedia is really aligned to what we’re seeking out… This looks like it’s one platform where we can go and find a lot of what we’re looking for.” — Mary Maher, principal of the Hospital Schools Program
Through early learning workshops, including the Vámonos Ciencia Ready to Learn program in the South Bronx, WNET provided training to 4,200 educators, parents, and children.
WNET, along with The Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University, held its inaugural Youth Collective Summit in May 2019. 150 NYC high schoolers engaged in a dialogue about ethics and steps to confront bias. WNET also produced more than 80 new digital resources on PBS LearningMedia, including videos to integrate LGBTQ narratives and history into high school classroom instruction.
WNET held a number of events that promoted the environment and importance of green space. Kids to Park Day in May welcomed 300+ to Battery Park to participate in nature-focused activities. At three Cyberchase Green Family Fun Fairs in the spring, 800+ attendees engaged in environmental science activities — like planting seeds in compostable pots and making recycled hats — and were able to meet Digit!