Plum to earth - she’s coming in for a landing! On Saturday, Sept. 13, we’re bringing all the fun of one of our latest online PBS KIDS programs, “Plum Landing” to Conway's EcoFest! Join us for an exciting day, filled with all sorts of fun activities, at Laurel Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
So who exactly is Plum and why are we excited about her arrival? Plum is the start of a new cross-platform, digital adventure designed to help kids develop a love for and connection to the amazing, beautiful, diverse and dramatic planet we call home!
The online program “Plum Landing,” helps cultivate this connection by following the adventures of Plum, a video game designer from the desolate Planet Blorb, who longs to experience nature. To realize her goal, Plum commandeers a space ship, zooms down to earth, befriends five eager kids — Clem, Oliver, Gabi, Brad and Cooper — and launches them on diverse missions like “Find a lake in the desert!” and “Search for a cow that lives under water!” Zeroing in on four ecosystems — the Australian desert, the mangroves of Belize, the Canadian Rockies and the jungles of Borneo — Plum discovers many fascinating, puzzling and profound things about Earth and uses what she learns to create explorer games for kids.
You can check out these fun episodes — as well as accompanying live-action videos, hands-on activities, web games and more — at pbskids.org/plumlanding. And, until you come see us at EcoFest, you can also check out fun activities and worksheet on our website at aetn.org/kids
At EcoFest, we’ll be hosting all kinds of fun activities and have some really cool Plum Landing and AETN gear for you to check out, but there’s certainly much more to cover at this annual family event!
The Conway EcoFest combines food, fun and music for a great family atmosphere to explore our environment. As you delve into their respectful, balanced environmental education opportunities, you’ll find all sorts of great exhibits, topics and actives that will pique your interest and ignite curiosity. You can learn more now at conwayecofest.org.
“Agri Arkansas” - June 2016
This month, join us to take a look at the Natural State’s global reach. What are the products that Arkansas farmers sell around the world, and how are we expected to fare in a declining export market? We’ll also have an update on a farm-to-fuel initiative in DeWitt and make a visit to the Olde Crow General Store at the junction of Highways 9 and 5 in the latest “Agri Arkansas” on Sunday, June 26, at 1 p.m.
“A Deeper Look: The Poverty Divide in Arkansas” airs June 27
Arkansas is currently ranked fourth in the nation with most people in poverty: one of every five people lives below the poverty line. How does this affect our state and what resources are available to help anyone who is struggling? Find out as we further the conversation about poverty and opportunity in “A Deeper Look: The Poverty Divide in Arkansas” Monday, June 27, at 9 p.m.
Turn Up the Heat With Sunday Night Drama
The weather isn’t the only thing heating up this summer! From “Vicious” and “Endeavour” to “Dancing on the Edge” and “The Tunnel,” get ready for new seasons, new series, a special series finale and more! Masterpiece PBS is ready for summer — with plenty of romance, mystery and even murder — and June is just the beginning.
Win an “I Can Readathon!” Event Kit - Facebook Contest
Travel to new places, different times and even new worlds this summer by reading together! You can help the kids in your life fight the summer slump and win a Harper Collins “I Can Read” event kit by entering our I Can Readathon! Facebook Contest June 13-30. Learn how you can enter and host a summer reading party for 20!
PBS KIDS ScratchJr Pine Bluff - Coding for Tomorrow
Through a grant from PBS and the Verizon Foundation, AETN Early Childhood Education has been proud to partner with Pine Bluff School District elementary schools to hold the PBS KIDS ScratchJr Camp. This camp, which directly addresses the Arkansas Department of Education’s goals to integrate computing concepts into the classroom, is revolutionary because it supports critical thought processing with computational thinking and problem solving. Learn five ways that Pine Bluff is laying the groundwork for students to achieve basic computer coding after the jump!