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'The Cyberchase Movie' to air on AETN April 22

"The Cyberchase Movie," the first-ever film for the PBS KIDS series, will premiere Tuesday, April 22, at 4:30 p.m. on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN).

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. 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.

"The Cyberchase Movie" is part of the annual Explore the Outdoors campaign and partnership between PBS KIDS and the National Recreation and Park Association. The campaign encourages families to celebrate nature and the outdoors this spring.

PBS KIDS kicks off Earth Month Monday, April 7, with themed on-air programming and online and mobile content.

Additional Explore the Outdoors content includes:

  • "Wild Kratts" season 3 premiere week, April 7-11. Season 3 of "Wild Kratts" begins Monday, April 7, 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.
  • "Arthur" outdoor week, April 21-25. Arthur and friends explore the outdoors in a week of fun-filled, outdoor-themed episodes. Outdoor Week includes the premieres of two all-new "Arthur" episodes, "Speak Up Francine/Waiting for Snow," which airs April 21, and "Pets and Pests/Go Fly a Kite," which airs April 22. The episodes focus on teaching important values, such as speaking up for what one believes in, patience, sharing and teamwork. A new "Arthur" digital game, "Backyard Jungle," will also launch in April. In "Backyard Jungle," kids will join D.W. and Bud as they embark on an epic adventure using the power of their imaginations.
  • Plum Landing, launching April 21. Plum Landing, a digital project produced by WGBH, uses animated webisodes, online games, free apps, hands-on science activities and live-action videos to help connect 6- to 9-year-olds to nature, teach them about ecosystems and excite them about their role as caretakers of the planet. At the Plum Landing website, pbskids.org/plumlanding, kids will be able to watch animated webisodes featuring Plum, a purple alien from Planet Blorb, and her five earthling friends on an epic exploration of Planet Earth. Kids at home can explore the same ecosystems, wild creatures and science concepts as the animated characters through a rich array of online games, hands-on activities designed to get them thinking like scientists and web features that let kids share their observations of nature with Plum.

PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online, mobile and community-based programs. Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning pbskids.org provides engaging interactive content, including the PBS KIDS video player, now offering free streaming video accessible on computer- and mobile-device-based browsers.

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