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Radio Smart Talk: Kids TV, education, and STEM

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | May 8, 2013 2:52 PM

Radio Smart Talk for Thursday, May 9:

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William Isler, the CEO of the Fred Rogers Company and Dorothea Gillim, the Executive Producer of the children's TV program Curious George and creator of WordGirl, will appear on Thursday's Radio Smart Talk to discuss educational media, especially in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

Fred Rogers, the star of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, was an icon on children's TV.  His legacy continues today with the Fred Rogers Company that advances Rogers' values and philosophy through a variety of media projects that support children, parents, and professionals.

Both Curious George and WordGirl are unique programs. 

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WordGirl is a superhero from the planet Lexicon that teaches her viewers about words and increases their understanding of vocabulary in the process. 

Curious George is particularly important today.  As we hear stories about how American students are falling behind the rest of the world in science and math, Curious George encourages his pre-school viewers to learn about the STEM concepts.

Early childhood education and the media on Thursday's Radio Smart Talk.

The videos below feature Dorothea Gillim, Executive Producer of Curious George, speaking during witf's Early Education STEM Summit.

What is STEM?

Curious George is a STEM learner.

Does Media Belong?


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  • MCK img 2013-05-09 07:34

    From Mary Kline, Mentor, FIRST Robotics Team 225 of York and Lancaster Counties. The national program, FIRST Robotics, promotes STEM activities for K-12 age groups. Core missions are teaching gracious professionalism, cooperation in competition, and problem solving.

    Team 225 (high school level) advanced to the FIRST World Championship in St. Louis two weeks ago. Our fantastic results were never reported. We have found it exceptionally difficult to get information or recognition of the Team in the local media. How would your guests suggest we obtain better news coverage of this STEM activity and ‘sport for the mind’?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2013-05-09 08:39

    I am thirty years old and I can directly connect the influence that educational shows had upon my adult education. I came from a low-income home where education was not of highest priority due to other stresses; educational programs were my mentors and teachers at an early age. This is not the measure for others' success, but I am now beginning my PhD, and although it may sound like I am over-stating this, I know these programs had a significant influence upon my academic confidence. Another thing I would like to note is that for girls in particular, I know this kind of media instills a confidence that is of utmost importance before entering school.
    Thank you for talking about this today!