11:30 am March 17-21 on WILL-TV: New episodes as the Very Useful Engines save the day.
Our favorite blue engine will star in THOMAS & FRIENDS TO THE RESCUE-themed shows including two brand new episodes March 17 - 21. New episodes are March 17: Taking Turns and March 18: Tricks & Tales.
Plus two new games have recently launched on the PBS KIDS website - Many Moods and Engine Repair.
4:30 pm April 7-11 on WILL-TV: The Kratt Brothers discover hermit crabs and shells.
Season 3 of WILD KRATTS kicks off at 4 pm Monday, April 7, on WILL-TV as the Kratt brothers discover hermit crabs and shells on the beach in “Hermit Crab Shell Exchange.” The week continues with the exploration of animals from across the globe, including bison, black-footed ferrets, flying fish and more. The brothers explore science concepts such as adaptation and habitats.
9 am Sunday, April 20, on WILL-TV: Eco-themed special follows Matt, Jackie, Inez and Digit as they rescue animals and restore harmony to Ecotopia.
PBS KIDS will premiere the first-ever CYBERCHASE movie this April. An eco-themed one-hour special, The CYBERCHASE Movie follows Matt, Jackie, Inez and Digit as they are called on to rescue the animals and restore harmony to Ecotopia after Hacker and his bumbling robots wreak havoc. Environmental and math topics explored include natural habitats, the impact of habitat loss and proportional reasoning. The CYBERCHASE Movie airs at 9 am Sunday, April 20, on WILL-TV. Online at pbskids.org/cyberchase, three real-world CYBERCHASE games exploring the environmental topics of keystone species, waste reduction and solar power will debut for kids and families to print and play at home.
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A grade school class launches their own weather balloon to collect weather data, and take photos and video.
Science teacher Emily Dawson and her junior high students at Riverview Grade School in Peoria pushed the boundaries of their classroom to the very edge of the earth’s atmosphere. In an exciting, hands-on learning experience, the students launched their own weather balloon 100,000 feet up to collect weather data, take photos and see their world from an entirely new perspective.
The launch took place Wednesday, May 22, at the Caterpillar Inc. Edwards Demonstration and Learning Center in front of an audience of 300 students from East Peoria, Metamora and Brimfield. Students gathered at 9 a.m. for set-up, assembly and related activities, and the launch took place around 10:50 a.m. Teachers, students and citizens everywhere will be able to witness the morning’s activities, from set-up to loss of visible flight trajectory, through a webcast on the WTVP-Public Media website. Watch a video of the launch.
WTVP in Peoria filmed the launch, and WILL-TV educational outreach director Molly Delaney and TV producer George Hovorka chased and filmed the recovery of the weather balloon. Molly and George looked for the balloon for more than two hours after it landed. A transmitter that was to have helped them find the balloon didn't work. Finally, Dawson discovered the balloon in a field near Princeton, Ill. Molly and George hurried to the location, and shot video and took photos.
"When we learned the GPS wasn't working on the balloon, we weren't going to give up, and kept looking around the projected impact area," said Molly. "Emily saw it off the side of the road on Route 26, and gave us a call." They recovered the shredded balloon, parachute and data collection box.
The launch is the central focus of a multidiscipline unit on weather, using science, language arts, and literature classes cooperatively to plan, research, analyze and report on the real world application of the information taught within the classroom. It was inspired by an activity on the Illinois PBS LearningMedia site for teachers and students.
The school project was made possible through funding from PNC’s FirstGrant to Riverview Junior High teachers Emily Dawson, JoAnn Lowry-Emery and Luann Kuehn. The FirstGrant program is designed to help classroom teachers throughout central Illinois accomplish creative and innovative projects they would otherwise be unable to fund because of budget limitations, and it is supported by the Ruby K. Worner Trust and the PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group.
The helium required to fill the balloon was provided by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and arranged by WILL-TV. The launch site and equipment are courtesy of Caterpillar Inc. Production and broadcast made possible by WTVP-Public Media with support from WILL.
The series follows the spirited Peg and her sidekick, Cat, as they embark on adventures, solve problems and learn foundational math concepts and skills.
PBS KIDS and WILL-TV have a new animated a new animated preschool series, PEG + CAT, that follows the adorable, spirited Peg and her sidekick Cat as they embark on adventures and learn foundational math concepts and skills. The program airs on WILL-TV weekdays at 8 am and 2 pm. It also airs Saturdays and Sundays at 7 am.
Co-creators Billy Aronson (Rent, Postcards from Buster) and Jennifer Oxley (Little Bill, The Wonder Pets!) have teamed with The Fred Rogers Company to bring young viewers a new way to experience math through Peg and Cat’s relatable, and often hilarious, adventures.
Each episode features fascinating stories in which Peg and Cat encounter a problem that requires them to use math and problem solving skills in order to move forward. To learn more, visit pbskids.org/peg.
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