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” - May 2016
Take a look at the University of Arkansas Fruit Research Station near Clarksville and a true “farm-to-table” dinner in Scott this month on “Agri Arkansas.” See the new episode Sunday, May 29, at 1 p.m.
Memorial Day Weekend Specials
Join us Memorial Day Weekend as we pay tribute to the military service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform with special programming May 29-30. Special broadcasts range from AETN original film “Their Journey: A Veteran’s Tribute Tour” to the “National Memorial Day Concert.”
Arkansas STEM Girls Camp
Calling Arkansas girls who have completed 5th, 6th or 7th grade! Discover the fun of STEM careers by participating in cool, hands-on activities at the Arkansas STEM Girls camp. This free event will feature a variety of sessions with women in STEM fields — including coding, science, pharmacy and more.
“Arkansas Week” News Maker: Chancellor Steinmetz
AETN enjoyed having University of Arkansas Chancellor Dr. Joe Steinmetz visit us in Conway, Friday, May 20. Chancellor Steinmetz, who visited AETN as part of his bus tour of Arkansas, stepped in studio as an “Arkansas Week” news maker. In addition to his interview with Steve Barnes, he took a moment to answer a few questions about his impressions of The Natural State and his hopes for higher education in Arkansas. Join us after the jump to learn more.
FOI Notice: AETN Commission Conference Call May 23
Members of the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Commission will meet via conference call Monday, May 20, at 4 p.m. to discuss current events and activities. Those interested in teleconference information should contact AETN at 800-662-2386.