Kids’ Media & Education continued to reach and engage children and students of all ages on-air, online and in the community.
The CyberSquad teamed up for 10 new environmentally-based Cyberchase adventures, from counting square units in the Botlyn Botanic Garden to understanding local food ingredients with Chef Marcus Samuelsson. The program also made learning fractions fun with new interactive game, Cyberchase Fractions Quest.
“Cyberchase taught me how to save money and spend wisely. I started a car wash business and thanks to Cyberchase I saved up $157.” – Anonymous Viewer
The New York State Education Department’s monthly newsletter, distributed to more than 500,000 people, featured The WNET Group’s Parenting Minutes initiative, which focuses on shareable tips and facts related to early childhood learning (in four languages!). Meanwhile in the community, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Be My Neighbor Day at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center welcomed 1,750 fans and community partners to promote local volunteerism, family engagement and community development. And WNET’s Ready Go Science! program continued to reach hundreds of young children in the South Bronx with high-quality STEM and literacy content through family workshops, events, and summer camp programs.
In early March, The WNET Group’s second annual Youth Collective Summit brought together more than 200 high schoolers from across New York City, Long Island and New Jersey to participate in ethics-driven discussions and workshops on civic engagement. The WNET Group published 108 new digital learning resources on PBS LearningMedia. Since the coronavirus pandemic hit, engagement on the PBS LearningMedia website increased; usage was up 95.8% nationally over 2019.
With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, The WNET Group solidified its role as a trustworthy resource for families and teachers in a time of need. Not only did The WNET Group quickly create and produce at-home learning series like Let’s Learn NYC! and NJTV Learning Live, it also pivoted its in-person outreach events to hosting virtual family workshops, “Rapid Transition to Online Learning” webinars for New York City teachers, and additional professional development webinar and conferences, such as the Mission US edWebinar on Remote Learning, where 2,400 teachers learned about the interactive history game and accompanying resources.