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“Step It Up!” - “Cyberchase” Grant Supports Physical Activity in Pine Bluff Schools
AETN is proud to announce that we and our partners at the Pine Bluff School District, Jefferson County Growing Healthy Communities and Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation have been awarded a $10,000 “Cyberchase Step It Up!” grant to encourage kids to increase their physical activity during the school day. Learn more about our upcoming five-week initiative and how your school can download materials to participate in a similar program after the jump! Read more

Postponed: Bridge to the Future Festival 2017
Our visit to the Clinton Center in Little Rock on Saturday, April 29, for a fun, free community festival as part of the 2017 Bridge to the Future Festival has been postponed due to weather concerns. Created to encourage students to read throughout their summer break and avoid learning loss, the festival will feature exciting educational actives for kids and great resources for parents. Read more

AETN PBS KIDS Day at Dickey-Stephens Park
Take a field trip with AETN KIDS and Jet Propulsion on Tuesday, April 11, at Dickey-Stephens Park! Starting at 11 a.m., this special event will feature a special “Ready Jet Go!” screening, the chance to meet and take photos with Jet Propulsion, and a game between the Arkansas Travelers and the San Antonio Missions. Read more

Arkansas STEM Girls “Explore and Discover” Workshop
Arkansas STEM Girls is joining the NWA Fab Lab in Fayetteville to host a special workshop for young women in grades 4-7 Saturday, April 29, from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Read on to learn how your STEM Girl can showcase her brainpower by programming an LED light show, creating a light projection box with laser cutters and engravers, and printing a 3-D object she designs. While the workshop is free, registration is required and space is limited - find the sign-up details after the jump. Read more

Student Selects 2017 — It's Back! (With More Prizes Than Ever)
Arkansas student filmmakers, it’s that time of year again: “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase” is accepting entries through March 31. Read on to learn how kindergarten through 12th grade students can submit films for the chance to be broadcast on AETN, streamed on, win scholarship and prize competitions, and attend screenings, including the Student Filmmakers Showcase and Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival (HSDFF). Read more

2017 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest
Calling Arkansas writers, authors, illustrators, poets and storytellers in grades K-3! We are now accepting entries for the 2017 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Share your stories with us by Friday, April 7, for a chance to win an AETN prize pack. Our first place winners in each grade can even win a PBS KIDS Playtime Pad! Read more

Between the Bytes: Protesting Is so Retro
Hey, you guys, this is Mary Kate and Between the Bytes back with your weekly post! Clearly, as a blogger and journalist, I believe writing to voice opinions and affect change is virtually always good. But if you, like me, zoned out for some of the important stuff during government and politics in high school, you may need a Civics refresher. That’s why we’re digging into the First Amendment rights that make free speech and protesting possible with PBS Digital Studios series “Crash Course.” Read more

Get Ready for a Grr-ific Spring Break!
Celebrate Spring Break with AETN, the Museum of Discovery and some of your favorite PBS KIDS friends this March! Daniel Tiger will be visiting for photos and maybe even an “Ugga Mugga” or two on Monday, March 20, and Curious George and Man With the Yellow Hat will be taking photos and starting shenanigans Tuesday, March 21. Read more

Arkansas Week of Code
Help us, the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub and the Arkansas Department of Education celebrate Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 5-11, with three fun, FREE events at the Tech Shop in the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub of North Little Rock! Read more

Thanksgiving Specials: “Anne of Green Gables” and “Pollyanna”
Gather your kindred spirits for a special night of programming! This Thanksgiving promises to be one of the happiest on record with back-to-back broadcasts of “Anne of Green Gables” and “Pollyanna.” The premiere of the new adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic tale, starring Ella Ballentine and Martin Sheen, begins at 7 p.m. Read more

Dive Into Fun With “Splash and Bubbles” and “Wild Kratts”
New discoveries are headed to PBS KIDS for ocean explorers with “Wild Kratts: Creatures of the Deep Sea” and our brand new, underwater adventure “Splash and Bubbles”! Tune in for the special world-premiere events on Wednesday, Nov. 23, starting at 8 a.m. Read more

Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive 2016
Won’t you help a neighbor? This November join AETN, more than 30 libraries across the state, the Arkansas Salvation Army and local Arkansas charities as we collect new and gently used sweaters and winter clothing for our neighbors in need. Read more

Lessons from Elwood City: What "Arthur" Taught Me
America’s favorite aardvark hit the big screen 20 years ago! On October 7, 1996, “Arthur” was introduced to what would become a dedicated following — including me! See what I’ve learned from my visits to Elwood City as a first-generation “Arthur” lover. Read more

PBS KIDS Halloween Programming
October 28 is filled with costumes, pumpkins and some spooky legends with your favorite characters, including a brand new "Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That!" Halloween special! Read more

Helping Children Cope with an Incarcerated Parent
The incarceration of a loved one can be very overwhelming for both children and caregivers. Learn more about the wealth of resources “Sesame Street” has to help parents, caregivers and childcare providers know what to say, how to say it and ways to comfort your child and guide her through these tough moments. Read more

Preparing to Protect Our Children — Stream AECA Keynote by Dr. Lori Peek
Did you know that every day 69 million children spend part of the day separated from their parents, yet 21 states and Washington, D.C., don’t require schools and childcare providers to have basic emergency plans? At the Arkansas Early Childhood Association (AECA) Conference, Dr. Lori Peek will deliver the keynote address “Children in a Changing Climate: The Importance of Childcare Providers in Disasters.” Learn how you see the live-stream of this crucial presentation Thursday, Oct. 13, at 10:30 a.m. Read more

Explore the Outdoors at 2016 Conway Ecofest
Stop by the AETN booth at 2016 Conway Ecofest for fun giveaways, activities and to learn more about PBS KIDS’ “Nature Cat” and new show “Splash and Bubbles.” We look forward to seeing you at Laurel Park in Conway Saturday, Oct. 8, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.! Read more

Map and Schedule — Family Day 2016: Peace, Love & AETN
Get whos, whats, whens and wheres behind AETN Family Day 2016 — from PBS KIDS character schedules and screenings to refreshment station locations — to get ahead of the game! Read more

Spotlight Education Week
Learn more about America’s students, explore new models of learning and examine the challenges facing America’s education system in a special week of primetime broadcasts, Sept. 11-17. PBS "Spotlight Education" is opening a year-round discussion about how to make high-quality educational resources available to all of our children. Read more

Guest Blogger Bailey Pickens: What Does It Mean to Be a Storyteller?
AETN's 2016 "Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase" ushered in a new wave of young and talented filmmakers, who ask us to look at stimulating story lines and consider many important questions and issues, such as the act of storytelling itself. Read on to find out more about some of this year's films and how this year's group of student filmmakers prove that no matter how old you are, you always have a story to tell. Read more

Parents, PJs and Pies
Wear your PJs and join us for a fun-filled family event as we and our partners at Dropping Back in and Healthy Families of Faulkner and Conway Counties share education resources on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.! “Parents, PJs and Pies” will feature a BBQ lunch, giveaways, fun activities and special “Llama Llama Red Pajama” gift bags. Read more

Arkansas STEM Girls Camp
AETN is proud to host Arkansas STEM Girls Camp Thursday, July 21, and we have some exciting sessions with outstanding presenters slated! Read on for a preview of the amazing material our expert guests will explore, and discover for yourself just a few of the phenomenal STEM career paths available to young women across the state. Read more

5 Ways to Celebrate Summer Learning Day
With local and national applications - and even some fun prizes to win - we’re thrilled to celebration National Summer Learning Day Thursday, July 14, and to support academic growth for all of our PBS KIDS all season long! From special events and contests to new episodes and more, read on for five ways to celebrate National Summer Learning Day with AETN PBS KIDS. Read more

Learning for summer — and beyond! - AETN PBS KIDS ScratchJr Camps
This summer, AETN was proud to host PBS KIDS ScratchJr Camps, made possible by PBS KIDS and support from the Verizon Foundation, to help Arkansas students between the ages of five and eight get started with Creative Coding! Read on to learn more about how our Conway campers learned to create and express themselves with technology (and how you can download the FREE PBS KIDS ScratchJr App to get started at home) after the jump. Read more

Win an “I Can Readathon!” Event Kit - July Facebook Contest
Have you been visiting new worlds, traveling to times past and future, and meeting new friends from the farthest realms of imagination by reading with the kids in your life summer? We have another exciting chance for you to help them fight the summer slump and win a Harper Collins “I Can Read” event kit by entering our July I Can Readathon! Facebook Contest. Enter to win by noon on Thursday, July 28, for a chance to host a summer reading party for 20! Read more

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! Read more

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! Read more

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. Read more

PBS KIDS ScratchJr Code-to-Learn Camp at AETN
Do you know a 5-8 year old who would like to learn about creative coding? Don’t miss a chance to register for our free Scratch Jr. camp June 21-24! This special camp is designed to introduce kids to creative computer coding through activities that allow them to create their own stories, games and collages with the PBS KIDS ScratchJr tablet app. Read more

Arkansas Quiz Bowl 2016 Champions
We were thrilled to host the 2016 “Arkansas Quiz Bowl: Governor’s Academic Competition” on April 23! All state finalist teams had worked their way to the championship through difficult regional and conference brackets, and their preparation was exceptionally showcased in the years’ final matches. See photos of the 2016 State Champion teams and runners-up after the jump. Read more

Explore the Future of Arkansas Filmmaking with A Young Filmmakers Showcase
Join AETN and the Arkansas Historic Places Student Film Prize for a special evening of curated digital shorts in the Ron Robinson on Wednesday, May 11, starting at 5:30 p.m. The 2016 Young Filmmakers Showcase will highlight the creativity of the state’s kindergarten through 12th grade students and features the announcement of Thea Foundation scholarship winners. Read more

2016 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest Winners
After reviewing more than 100 stories and judging for originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations, we’re proud to announce our 2016 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest winners! See the list of winners and find links to view their stories after the jump. Read more

“Bell Ringer” Producer’s Blog – Lasting Memories
Some players have told me plainly that they don’t talk about their concussion symptoms unless they have a problem functioning. Many will ignore the smaller symptoms until the problem becomes so severe that they have no choice but to sit out. Unfortunately, Zack Towers had the same mentality of playing through pain – even when the pain came from arguably his most important organ – and he never recovered. Until everyone involved believes that our players’ long-term health is more valuable than their short-term play, I believe athletes will continue hiding their symptoms. Read more

2016 AETN PBS Kids Writers Contest
Do you know Arkansas students in grades K-3 who tell tall tales, perfect their poetry, weave fascinating plots or could be among the next great American novelists? Be sure to tell them about the AETN PBS Kids Writers Contest! Entries in the statewide contest will be accepted through Friday, April 1. Read more

"Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase" Entries Due March 25
Do you know young Arkansas filmmakers who would like to see their work broadcast or who would like to win a college scholarship? Be sure to remind them that AETN "Student Selects" entries must be submitted electronically or postmarked by Friday, March 25. Read more

Game On: Family Engagement — Feel the March Madness!
Rally your team and gear up for delicious eats, great music, and fun, family activities that will have your crew hoping for overtime on Saturday, March 12! AETN is partnering with the Arkansas Fatherhood and Family Initiative to present an exciting afternoon featuring 3-on-3 hoop play with Dads vs. Sidney Moncrief & Friends, Double Dutch jump roping, Tailgating for a Reason, the AETN Reading Garden and more. Read more

Guest Blogger Nick Harrington – NEA Read Across America
NEA’s Read Across America, now in its 19th year, focuses on motivating children and teens to pick up a book and read. As a college student and avid reader, I know reading every day, even just a little bit, makes a difference. Read on to learn how my parents helped me become a lifelong reader and how you can help the kids in your life get started with NEA’s Read Across America program. Read more

Keep Exploring - 5 Things to Know About “Ready Jet Go!”
Have you had fun learning about astronomy and Earth science on “Ready Jet Go!”? Keep exploring PBS KIDS’ newest series with games, hands-on activities and more! Read more

“Arkansans Ask: Paying for College”
Have rising education costs have left you wondering how you or your child can afford college? Join us and share your questions in February’s special “Arkansans Ask,” where we talk with the experts to learn about the various resources and options for Arkansans to get funding. We’ll discuss financial aid, scholarships, loans and more on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. Read more

Coding Is the New Literacy - Free ScratchJr App Gets Kids Started
It’s never to early to learn, and PBS KIDS ScratchJr is a great new app that helps kids learn computer coding by creating their own interactive stories and games! Learn more about how children ages 5-7 can learn the building blocks of computer programming by snapping together graphical programming blocks to make their favorite PBS KIDS characters come to life after the jump. Read more

See Amazing! — Free “Sesame Street” and Autism App
Every kid is an original, and that’s what we and “Sesame Street” are here to celebrate! With the “Sesame Street” and Autism App, find free resources that are for all families, with or without children with autism. They’ll help build understanding, reduce stigma and provide support with everyday routines. Read more

2015 Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive
Won’t you help a neighbor? This November, join AETN, 20 libraries across the state, the Arkansas Salvation Army and local Arkansas charities as we collect new and gently used sweaters for our neighbors in need. See a list of drop off locations after the jump! Read more

Guest Blogger Kim Davis — Finally, a Reason Why I’d Go Back to High School
As part of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, the Emerging Filmmakers Program allows students to gain knowledge from prominent filmmakers (Lisa Leeman, Nadine Mundo, Jon Crawford, Russ Galusha, and a handful of hardworking SAU-Tech students) and put that new knowledge to practice. With cameras in hand, students were let loose to track down interview subjects and share the subjects’ stories. Students boarded the buses at the end of the day with connections, confidence, and a new grasp on storytelling — documentary style.  Read more

PBS Students App - Free Resources at the Tap of a Finger!
Looking for a safe, trusted online app for your kids with content that can help them with their homework … or help them learn something new? Be sure to check out the PBS Students app from PBS LearningMedia. (The best part? It’s absolutely FREE!) Read more

Stand Up to Cancer — Emperor Science Award Program
The Emperor Science Award program, an initiative designed to encourage high school students to explore careers in science, is offering high school sophomores and juniors an opportunity to work alongside an esteemed scientist on a rewarding multi-week cancer research project. Winners will also receive a Google Chrome Notebook, a $1,500 stipend and the opportunity to continue their mentorship. Applications are due by Nov. 1, 2015. Read more

Kelly’s Top 5 “Student Selects” Picks for 2015
There were tons of amazing films submitted to “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase” last year from students all across Arkansas. Kelly, an AETN Production Intern, shares her top 5 picks for 2015. Be sure to check out all the episodes that will be airing this month on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. Read more

“Student Selects 2015”
We’re showcasing the work of Arkansas’s next generation of filmmakers every Friday night in September as part of “Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase 2015.” Learn which outstanding student films will be featured after the jump. Read more

Isabella Nguyen Named PBS KIDS Writers Contest Finalist
Little Rock’s Isabella Nguyen has been named a finalist in the national PBS KIDS Writers Contest! Isabella’s original story, “Be Yourself,” earned first place among second grade entries in Arkansas’s local contest in May. Read more

6 Ways to Use Spanish in the Classroom - “Oh, Noah!”
Teachers and parents, are you looking for a way to help your kiddos ages 6-8 learn to speak Spanish? PBS KIDS’ “Oh, Noah!” helps kids learn language better by putting new terms into meaningful context. Check out six of the show’s great suggestions for everyday language learning after the jump! Read more

ChildCare Aware Resource Center Community Open House
In partnership with the Conway Regional Women’s Council and the ChildCare Aware Resource Center, AETN Early Childhood Education is working to prevent childhood obesity by providing access to important nutrition and physical fitness education. Learn more at a special event Thursday, Aug. 13. Read more

Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead!
Families with students in grades K-12 are encouraged to join AETN Community Education and Mosaic Church Conway for an evening of educational fun Tuesday, Aug. 4, from 6-8 p.m. The evening will feature a light dinner and an evening of exciting S.T.E.A.M. activities. Read more

Tips to Stay Cool and Beat the Heat
If you haven’t noticed by the high temperatures and overwhelming humidity, summer has made its grand entrance. With these drastically high temperatures, many around are seeking a cool place to unwind. Tips to say cool and beat the heat are after the jump! Read more

Free PBS Kids Apps Spark Growth and Imagination
We all know that PBS KIDS is the No. 1 educational media brand for kids, hands down. But did you know that they offer interactive content, such as PBS KIDS video player and more than 40 mobile apps that help support children’s learning? Find details after the jump! Read more

Aspen Smith wins Arkansas 2015 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge
Eleven-year-old Arkansan and aspiring chef Aspen Smith showcased her culinary skills and earned a trip to the Kids’ State Dinner in Washington D.C. with her entry in the 2015 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge! Find her winning recipe for Arkansas Baked Almond Catfish and learn more about the challenge after the jump. Read more

Free, Fun Summer Learning Resources
School’s out for summer, but learning never stops! Join us and PBS KIDS to combat summer learning loss with free Summer Safari online resources and special programming all summer long. Read more

AETN Youth Academy 2015 - Get Ready for an Inventive Summer!
Starting to make summer plans for your family? Kids can learn how inventions can make make the world a better place in two AETN Youth Academy camps this summer! Sign up now to join us for free “Get Moving Challenge” camps in June and the “Speedy Shelter Challenge” camps in July. Read more

Help Kids Self-Regulate With “Sesame Street: Breathe, Think, Do” App
Designed for preschoolers, “Breathe, Think, Do” helps teach skills including problem solving, self-control, planning and task persistence (aka sticking with something in spite of distractions). Read on to learn more about the free, bilingual “Sesame Street” app and how you can download it today! Read more

FREE Setting Parents Up to Win Workshop in Pine Bluff
Pine Bluff area parents, you’re not alone! We know that parenting is hard work, and we’ll be there to help on Thursday, May 21, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Pine Bluff Lighthouse Charter School. Join us for free resources, tips and fun activities! Kids are welcome, too, and will have the chance to visit Clifford the Big Red Dog. Read more

Student Selects — 2015 THEA Scholarship Winners Announced
Congratulations to our 2015 Student Select Thea Filmmaking Scholarship winners Reed Carson, Addison Yates, Michael Driskell and Cole Borgstadt! Each will be awarded a $2,500 scholarship from the Thea Foundation to an institution of their choice.  Read more

Student Selects - LRFFYouth! Workshops
Do you know an aspiring filmmaker in middle or high school? Be sure to let them know about the hands-on 2015 Student Selects LRFFYouth! Workshops on May 12-13. But hurry! Spaces are limited and will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. Read more

Student Selects LRFFYouth! 2015 Screening Schedule
Congratulations to our 2015 Student Selects winners! Join us to recognize their outstanding work at the Little Rock Film Festival screening of their films as part of our LRFFYouth! workshops and Student Selects screening and scholarship presentation on Tuesday, May 12, in the Ron Robinson Theater, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Read more

2015 Arkansas Quiz Bowl Champions
On Saturday, April 25, we were delighted to host the 2015 Arkansas Governor’s Quiz Bowl Association (AGQBA) state championship. This year’s competition — which was a phenomenal showcase for Arkansas high school students’ intellect and scholarship — was particularly special since it marked the tournament and AETN tradition’s 30th anniversary. See photos of the 2015 State Champion teams and runners-up. Read more

“PBS NewsHour Weekend” Feature — Todd Rundgren and Music Education
Veteran rocker Todd Rundgren came to Little Rock recently to spread a message about the importance of music education. Rundgren is best known for some of his early hits like “Bang the Drum All Day.” While he is still performing and writing new songs, he is also focusing on helping the next generation of music makers. His organization Spirit of Harmony Foundation held the Symposium on the Moral Imperative of Music Education at the Statehouse Convention Center on April 18 with the help of the Clinton School of Public Service. Read more

2015 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest Winners
After lots of thinking — a little bit of nail-biting, lots of giggling and some very tough decisions — we’re proud to announce the winners of the 2015 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest! Three winners from each grade have been selected, and each first place-winning story will be sent on to PBS KIDS to represent Arkansas in the national Writers Contest. Read more

30th Annual Quiz Bowl State Finals
The Arkansas Governor’s Academic Competition celebrates its 30th year with the broadcast of “Arkansas Quiz Bowl 2015” state finals on Saturday, April 25. Find the conference schedule and learn how you can watch the intellectual showcase in person or on-air after the jump. Read more

Win Tickets to Arkansas Literary Festival “Author! Author!” Party
Love reading and want to go to the Arkansas Literary Festival “Author! Author!” party on Friday, April 24? AETN is proud to be a Bronze Sponsor of the festival, and we have a pair of tickets to share! There are three days and three ways to enter to win - take a photo of yourself with your favorite book and share it with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Read more

Tonya Parham of Marion Middle School named PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator
Congratulations are in order for Tonya Parham of Marion Middle School! AETN and ArkansasIDEAS are thrilled to announce that Ms. Parham, who teaches seventh grade science, was one of 100 educators nationwide selected as a 2015 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator. PBS Digital Innovators were selected for their passion and commitment to innovative teaching practices that integrate digital media and technology in the classroom. Read more

FREE Setting Parents Up to Win Workshop - April 14
No, you're not alone - parenting is hard work! Join AETN Community Education for a free parents' workshop at Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School on Tuesday, April 14, from 6-8 p.m. There, you can learn about AETN resources, participate in fun activities and get tips to help you stay connected to your child. Fun learning opportunities for your kids - including a chance to take selfies with Clifford the Big Red Dog - will also be featured. Read more

Jump-start AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest Creativity
We’re getting closer and closer to the AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest deadline on April 10! Help kids with writers block (or who would love a new way to create great stories) jump-start their creativity with the PBS KIDS online story creator. Get a step-by-step look at the fun, interactive platform for writing and illustrating after the jump. Read more

AETN + Museum of Discovery = Spring Break Fun!
Celebrate Spring Break with AETN, the Museum of Discovery and some of your favorite PBS KIDS friends this March! Curious George and the Man With the Yellow Hat will be visiting for photos and shenanigans on Monday, March 23, and Peg + Cat will be taking photos and solving problems Tuesday, March 24. Read more

ENTER NOW - AETN Student Selects 2015
We’re counting down to the Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase deadline on Friday, March 27. K-12 students are invited to submit their work for consideration for screening at the Little Rock Film Festival and broadcast on AETN. And don’t forget, high school students may compete for Arkansas Historic Places cash prizes and high school seniors can be considered for Thea Foundation scholarships! Read more

Free Setting Parents Up to Win workshop - Postponed
AETN Community Education's free parents' workshop at Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School has been postponed due to inclement weather conditions. Keep an eye on the AETN Engage blog for a rescheduled date to to learn about AETN resources, participate in fun activities and get tips to help you stay connected to your child! Fun learning opportunities for your kids - including a chance to take selfies with Clifford the Big Red Dog - will still be featured. Read more

2015 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest
Calling all K-3 author/illustrators across Arkansas! We’re now accepting entries for the 2015 AETN PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Twelve state-level winners — three from each grade — will receive AETN prize packs, and each first-place winner will advance to the national contest. On top of that, first-place winners will have an extra-special treat: they can either tour AETN studios with their class or have Clifford the Big Red Dog come to visit them at their school! Read more

10 Reasons Not to Miss Our “EARTH A New Wild” Screening Event With Dr. M. Sanjayan
We’ve told you about our exciting, free event on Jan. 21 — a preview screening of upcoming PBS documentary series “EARTH A New Wild” and panel discussion with its host and prominent conservation scientist Dr. M. Sanjayan. But, in case you don’t know already, why should you reserve your seat sooner rather than later? We have 10 great reasons! Read more

Free Cyber Safety Class, Monday, Jan. 12
The online world offers us immeasurable information and great benefits … but along with those resources come risks. To help you and your family learn how to recognize and address safety issues in the digital world, AETN Adult Education is offering a free Cyber Safety class on Monday, Jan. 12, at 6 p.m. in partnership with the Arkansas Attorney General’s Office. Read more

AETN Guest Blogger Jack Smith - Interning at AETN and Life Beyond Academia
I’m Jack Smith, a senior at Hendrix College, and I’ve spent most of the past few months doing my absolute best to prove to myself that going out into the world beyond academia won’t actually be as terrifying as I’ve tricked myself into believing. Thankfully, working here at AETN for the past few months has been really helpful for me in that regard. Read more

Student Selects - Arkansas Historic Places Film Prize
The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the Arkansas Humanities Council and AETN’s own Student Selects program are partnering up to offer young filmmakers in the state even more opportunities to have their work seen by the general public and this time there are even cash prizes! The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program is asking student filmmakers across the state to try their hand at making historical documentaries about some of the fascinating landmarks that can be found across Arkansas. Read more

Thomas the Tank Engine Soars in Thanksgiving Day Parade
Cinders and ashes! Your favorite little, blue locomotive will be transformed into a big, beautiful balloon for this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Watch for him Thanksgiving morning, and be sure to check out this behind-the-scenes look at the making of his balloon. Read more

“Odd Squad” Premieres on Nov. 26
Whenever something unusual happens in their town, who can solve the problem and save the day? Olive and Otto, agents of Odd Squad, of course! In this new AETN KIDS program - airing weekdays at 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. - the clever kids work together to problem-solve and set things right, using a math concept that’s embedded into each of their cases. Don’t miss the one-hour premiere on Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Read more

Dunbar Magnet Middle School PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab
In October, we were proud to have the talented broadcast journalism students from our PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab at the Little Rock School District’s Dunbar Magnet Middle School join us for the 2014 U.S. Senate Debate. What does their NewsHour Student Reporting Lab do, and what did they learn at the “Elections 2014: AETN Debates”? Join us after the jump to find out! Read more

Arkansas Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive
Over the years, both on his program and in his personal life, Mister Rogers demonstrated an incredible variety of positive character traits. He was kind. He didn’t think the things that frightened or confused us were silly. He told us how things worked. He said that we were special - and he meant it. To make a long paragraph short, Fred McFeely Rogers lived out a lesson of how to be a caring neighbor. Carry on that legacy by donating to the Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Sweater Drive this November. Read more

AETN Battle of the Pumpkins - And the Winner Is …
It’s Halloween, and you know what that means. Costumes, delicious treats, wonderfully spooky programming on AETN and … the day the winner is declared in the AETN Battle of the Pumpkins! With all of the spooktacular entries and your dedicated voting, which pumpkin and AETN Department will take home the bragging rights? Read more

“Ghosts, Blood and Zombies - A Student Selects Halloween”
Arkansas’s young filmmakers will be showing off their spooky sides in the first ever edition of “Ghosts, Blood and Zombies — A Student Selects Halloween” on Friday, Oct. 31, at 6:30 and 10 p.m. Start with the a milder first batch of films in our prime time showcase of family-friendly entries, then let horror fans stay up for the hour-long feature of terror-inducing submissions at 10 p.m. Read more

Guest Blogger Jack Smith — An Inside Look at the Student Selects HSDFF Workshop
This past weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and work with young, emerging filmmakers from right here in Arkansas as a part of my ongoing internship through Hendrix College at AETN. The entire weekend was a wonderful experience and one that I highly recommend to any and all who might find themselves interested in the world of film or who just have a taste for the documentary style. Read more

Cast Your Vote … in the AETN Battle of the Pumpkins!
The AETN Battle of the Pumpkins ends Friday, Oct. 31 at 10:30 a.m. AETN Departments are still vying for your vote for their creative AETN and PBS-themed pumpkins. Help them win honor, glory and bragging rights by choosing your favorite at Read more

Student Selects - Spring Creek Orval Thomas Moviemakers Symposium
Young filmmakers in Northwest Arkansas and from across the state are encouraged to join the “AETN Student Selects: Opportunities for Young Filmmakers” workshop at the Spring Creek Festival Orval Thomas Moviemakers Symposium on Friday, Oct. 24, in Springdale’s Jones Center for Families. Read more

AETN Battle of the Pumpkins - DIY PBS KIDS Costume Ideas
Are you and your ghouls and goblins dreaming up ideas for Halloween costumes? Take some inspiration from this round up of great PBS KIDS DIY Costume ideas - like Sid the Science KIDS, Daniel Tiger, Arthur Read, Thomas the Tank Engine, Word Girl, Buddy the Dinosaur and more! Read more

AETN Battle of the Pumpkins - Finished Products
You saw the challenge, now check out the AETN departments’ answers! We’re seeing an entirely new side of everyone’s creativity here at the station with some truly outstanding pumpkins. From classic PBS to favorite new dramas to AETN originals (classic and brand-new for Halloween) read on to see all of the amazing entries and find the link to vote for your favorite. Read more

AETN Battle of the Pumpkins - Halloween Crafts
While the pumpkin battle rages here, what specter-tacular crafts are you doing at home? We have some great Halloween craft ideas for kids big and small — from creating your own Monster Slime to treat holders and more! Read more

AETN Battle of the Pumpkins - You Pick the Winner
AETN’s departments are getting ready for Halloween with an exciting new contest, but to choose the winner, we’ll need your help! Keep reading for the rules, to see who’s competing and to learn how you can cast your vote! Read more

AETN KIDS Club — Spooktacular Reads for Halloween
It’s already October, and crunchy leaves, crisp breezes, pumpkins and Halloween are on their way! Find some library trip inspiration for kids of all ages — from babies and toddlers to upper elementary (and maybe even grown-ups) — in this book list from AETN Kids. Read more

Free Giovanni Antipolo Concert Oct. 2
Little Rock native “Gio” Antipolo is bringing classical piano to “AETN Presents: On the Front Row” with a free concert in our studios on Thursday, Oct. 2. Meet us in the AETN lobby by 6:30 p.m. to reserve your free seat for extraordinary excerpts from Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 3” and Debussy’s “Claire de Lune.” Read more

“Student Selects 2014” premieres Sept. 25
See and celebrate the work of Arkansas’s next generation of filmmakers in “Student Selects : A Young Filmmakers Showcase 2014” starting Thursday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m.! This annual event highlights K-12 students’ creativity and talent, as well as the work of our 2014 THEA Foundation scholarship winners in screenwriting, directing, cinematography and editing. Read more

AETN KIDS Club Booklist: Animals + Reading = Fun
How can you make reading even more fun for kids? If you already know that they love their furry, feathered or even scaly friends, we have some great ideas! Get to know Arkansas author David M. Sargent Jr. — who writes children’s books about his pets; learn how reading to pets can build reading confidence; and check out our booklist filled with stories about animal pals of all shapes and sizes. Read more

"Sesame Street" Season 45
This fall, we and “Sesame Street” are introducing new episodes, a bonus half-hour program in the afternoon (available on-air and online), and celebrating the iconic series’ 45th year of helping kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder. Another bonus? Lots of fun celebrity appearances and spoofs grown-ups will enjoy, too! Read more

Plum Landing Arrives at Conway EcoFest
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 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. Read more

Free Copies of “108˚: Critical Response” Available to Public Libraries
As the temperature rises and fall activities go into full swing, it's more important than ever to educate ourselves and our kids about the prevention, signs and dangers of exertional heat illness. To help, learn how your local public library can request a free copy of AETN and ArkansasIDEAS’ original documentary “108˚: Critical Response.”  Read more

Resources for Depression
Sure, everyone feels sad or down sometimes. But, if you or someone you love is sad most of the time — or alternates between being really up and manic and feeling very down and depressed — and it’s creating problems at school or work, relationships are suffering, or substances or behaviors are being used to control the problems, it might be depression. The good news? It’s a real medical illness, and it’s treatable. Read more

AETN KIDS Club August Book List
Explore the world around you and brand new worlds with books from this AETN KIDS Club nature-themed book list! Plus, learn how you can get a book list every month — as well as activities, tips and news about upcoming PBS KIDS programs — in the AETN KIDS Newsletter. Read more

Congratulations, Mabel Wise, national PBS KIDS Writers Contest finalist!
We’re thrilled to announce that Mabel Wise, AETN KIDS Writers Contest third grade winner, has been chosen as a national finalist in the PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Mabel, who attends Eastside Elementary School in Rogers, Arkansas, competed against other state winners from across the country. Her story, “Cloudy and the Busy Street,” was judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling and integration of text and illustrations. Read more

Big News for PBS KIDS Fall 2014
From exciting new episodes and movies to brand new shows, big things are coming to AETN KIDS this fall. Keep reading to get the scoop on what you have to look forward to — including a new “Dinosaur Train” special, “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Season 2,” and Fred Rogers Co. new show “Odd Squad” (from the creator of “Adventure Time”). Read more

Guest Blogger Rhonda Fincher on "108˚: Critical Response"
When my son Kendrick died from heat stroke in 1995, there was very little information on heat illness prevention and few people were discussing how to prevent it. Over the years, I have found some great folks who are promoting heat illness prevention within their scope of influence. Some of them are featured on the AETN and ArkansasIDEAS original documentary "108˚: Critical Response that will be released on July 21. These are our stories. Read more

John Wesley Huddleston - The Man Behind “Diamond John”
Travis Mosler’s independent film “Diamond John” — currently ranked in the top three of the PBS Online Film Festival — has inspired us to laugh … and learn! Want to get to know the Arkansas man whose life inspired this period comedy? Keep reading to get the scoop on John Wesley Huddleston, the real “Diamond John,” and on how Mosler created the short film to encourage state pride. Read more

Get the Facts about Heat Illness - '108° : Critical Response'
We all know it’s getting hot outside — just in time for sports camps, two-a-day practices and more. But do you know just how serious heat illness can be for young people in Arkansas? We’re experiencing more 100˚ and higher days in the summer and that makes serious injury, and even death, from exertional heat illness a threat. The good news? It’s completely preventable. Get the facts and learn about our upcoming original documentary “108˚: Critical Response” — premiering July 21 at 7 p.m. — after the jump. Read more

“Cyberchase” Community Event in downtown Little Rock - July 19
Along with our partners at the Museum of Discovery and the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, AETN is excited to host the Cyberchase Community Event in Little Rock’s Rivermarket District on Saturday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn how you can meet Digit from “Cyberchase” and much more after the jump. Read more

In Review: “Freedom Summer” Screening and Online Resources
On Saturday, June 21, we had a wonderful time with the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity, our panelists and guests at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center Juneteenth celebration. In addition to all of the fun at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center street festival, we were privileged to show a special preview screening of “American Experience: Freedom Summer” and air the full-length version on June 24. In case you missed it, catch up with us — and learn how you can access the film and online resources — after the jump. Read more

AETN Youth Academy - Production Camp
We had a great time with our new friends from the AETN Youth Academy Production Camp last week! From learning the basics of the filmmaking process, to learning how to run equipment to shooting interviews, it was huge fun to get to know these budding filmmakers and watch them work together to create their outstanding short films. Read more

Free AETN Summer Learning Packets
Calling all Arkansas daycare groups, summer camps and more! We want to help you as you keep our state’s kiddos brains busy over the break by sharing free summer learning materials. Read on to learn what we’re making available and how to request your packets. Read more

Start exploring with Camp PBS Parents
Stop the summer slide and banish the "I'm bored" from your kids' vocabulary with cool crafts and hands-on-learning activities to educate and entertain your kids all summer long with Camp PBS Parents! Read more

“Freedom Summer” Screening at Little Rock Juneteenth Celebration
Join us, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity for a free preview screening of “American Experience: Freedom Summer” as part of the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 21, at 1 p.m. We share the details about the film and discussion panel after the jump! Read more

Learn all summer long with AETN and PBS KIDS!
School may be out for summer, but learning never ends! We’re here to help bridge the summer learning gap with free PBS KIDS resources - on air and online. On top of our new summer daytime kids’ schedule that kicked off on June 2, we’re getting ready to share all sorts of fun digital and community resources available. Read more

AETN Youth Academy - Around the World Camp
Do you know kids ages 7-11 who would like to make a trip around the world? They can do it in a week with the AETN Youth Academy Around the World Camp! Scheduled July 21-25, this summer learning experience will give campers the opportunity to travel the world by exploring various cultures through a blend of technology learning, hands-on activities, special guests, fun and educational activities and much more. Read more

Student Selects LRFF Youth! Workshop Recap
This year, and every year we’ve been lucky enough to host, AETN had the incredible opportunity to meet the state’s up and coming filmmakers at the Little Rock Film Festival for workshops that up their skill levels and keep us fresh! Find a recap of the 2014 event after the jump. Read more

AETN KIDS Club - Explore the Outdoors Booklist
Explore the outdoors on your own and in great books with this AETN KIDS Club feature! We’ll meet Kim Guthrie Jones — an author and former Arkansas resident, teacher and park ranger - and learn about her book “The Case of the Missing Mountain” as well as other great outdoors reading picks. Read more

Super Vision App Connects Super Parents & Kids Online
It’s a bird … it’s a plane … it’s Super Vision! PBS KIDS has launched a new, free app that gives parents the “super power” to engage and monitor our kids online like never before. See how this first-of-its-kind tool allows convenient access to see what kids are watching, playing and learning on anytime, anywhere. Read more

2014 Student Selects Scholarship Winners
After reviewing many wonderful entries, AETN and the Thea Foundation have chosen the 2014 Student Selects film scholarship winners! The winning students will screen their films at the Little Rock Film Festival Thursday, May 15, and each student will receive $2,500 in tuition toward the college of their choice. Read on to learn who the winners are and find details about how you can see their films. Read more

New PBS KIDS “Double Your Fun” Summer Lineup
Starting Monday, June 2, AETN and PBS are introducing a new summer kids’ line-up! Why the change? During the summer, national data shows that we have more kids ages 4-8 watching with us, and we all want to make sure we’re! Keep reading with us to see what you can expect. Read more

2014 Quiz Bowl Champions
On Saturday, April 26, we were privileged to host the 2014 Arkansas Governor’s Quiz Bowl Association state championship. This year’s participants were great fun — they made us laugh, they made us gasp … and they may or may not have made us feel like we should hit the books! Find out who won and see pictures of the teams after the jump. Read more

Put on your Mister Rogers Sweater for Public Media
We believe that Fred Rogers has always embodied the very best of public television, but did you know that he also saved it? In addition to being a snappy dresser, an adult who truly respected children and a reassuring voice in an often tumultuous world, Mister Rogers testified before the U.S. Senate on May 1, 1969, to protect and restore funding to public media. Join us after the jump to learn more about the historical event and how you can celebrate Fred Rogers’ lifelong dedication to public media in our “Sweater Selfies” social media event! Read more

Arkansas Tornado Emergency - Helping Kids Cope With the Disaster
Along with the rest of the state and viewers across the region, we’ve been devastated to see friends and family members suffer in the wake of Sunday’s tornadic disaster. In the aftermath of this severe weather event, how do we help our children process what they’re seeing or experiencing? We share important resources from Sesame Street, PBS Parents and the Fred Rogers Company after the jump. Read more

AETN PBS Writers Contest 2014 Winners
In the past several weeks we’ve had great fun reading and sorting wonderful and hilarious stories from more than 200 K-3 students across Arkansas. Now, after scoring, debating … and even a few tie-breakers, we’re ready to announce the 2014 winners! Find them — and links to their award-winning stories — after the jump. Read more

Greetings, earthlings! “Plum Landing” is coming to PBS KIDS
A new adventure is beginning at with the launch of a brand new, web-original that uses animated webisodes, online games, free apps, hands-on science activities and live-action videos — all featuring a curious alien named Plum — to help connect 6- to 9-year-olds to nature and get them excited about their roles as caretakers of the planet. Read more

Looking back - "Learn the Address" Campaign in review
Since November 2013, we’ve been discussing the “Learn the Address” campaign and the premiere of Ken Burn’s latest film, “The Address,” with you and viewers around the state. So, what’s come of the last six months of work and sharing? Great results, in our opinion! Join us after the jump for specifics. Read more

New “Wild Kratts” World Adventure App Available
Into “creature power” at your house? PBS KIDS has just launched an all-new “Wild Kratts” World Adventure App for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and we think it’s going to be a hit with Kratt fans across the boards. Just in time for Earth Month, World Adventure invites kids to explore animal science and habitats while building key skills and encouraging science inquiry. Read more

2014 Digital Innovators Program Application Deadline is Feb. 14
Do you know an educator who's a digital superstar? Encourage him or her to apply to the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program. This year-long program - which recognizes educators who creatively integrate digital media and technology in the classroom - will foster and reward a community of 100 digitally-savvy K-12 educators. Learn more about the guidelines, benefits and prizes after the jump! Read more

AETN Kids Club December Booklist
Many exciting things happen in December - from Christmas parties and the start of "real" winter to possible snow days and the ending of a wonderful year! However, even more is possible when we step into the realm of books - the only present that can be a vacation, adventure and time machine … and fits into a stocking. See a few of the AETN Kids Club's top picks after the jump. Read more

Enjoy a Spooktacular Halloween with AETN!
Halloween is almost upon us - and we're glad to help you celebrate! From alien invasions and phantoms to a curious monkey's outrageous Halloween adventures, AETN is airing fun Halloween programming for all ages this week. Learn more about "War of the Worlds: American Experience," "Phantom of the Opera at Royal Albert Hall" and "Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest" after the jump. Read more

Last-Minute PBS Halloween Costumes
It's quitting time on October 31 - and you suddenly have a Halloween event to attend and … no costume. Don't worry we have a few ideas that you might be able to pull directly from your closet! From PBS icons to new Masterpiece favorites (for our sartorialists out there) join us after the jump for some great last-minute ideas! Read more

"Peg + Cat" premieres with math fun for preschoolers, starting Oct. 7
Get ready for hilarious, relatable adventures with plucky Peg and lovable Cat, best friends who work together to solve everyday problems using math and problem solving skills, starting Monday, Oct. 7. This educational and entertaining (even for grown-ups) program, produced by The Fred Rogers Company, will air at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Learn more about the fun to come after the jump! Read more

PBS Educational Resource PD Training Oct. 15
Join AETN Early Childhood Education Coordinator Amy Routt for a free professional development course about PBS' most innovative educational resources! Learn how to register for the Oct. 15 course and more about its offerings after the jump. Read more

"Design Squad Nation" site for your budding do-it-yourselfer
"Design Squad Nation" launches a new Engineering website for your budding do-it-yourselfer! Tweens, families…anyone can be an engineer here.  This interactive community challenges kids to express their adventurous, do-it-yourself spirit by providing a forum to share their ideas with like-minded creative kids.  Make a balloon engine, learn how roller coasters work, share your own ideas and more! Read more