Educators, Parents Invited to Online Screening of New Science-Themed Series

Join Idaho Public Television on Saturday, Aug. 29, at 10/9 a.m. Mountain/Pacific for an online preview of the new PBS KIDS program, Elinor Wonders Why.

The half-hour preview will be immediately followed by a discussion with Kari Wardle, IdahoPTV’s education manager; Gracy Ruddy, our PBS Early Learning Champion; and Joan Cartan-Hanson, the writer and producer of IdahoPTV’s award-winning program and website Science Trek.  The panelists will share strategies for parents and teachers to spark inquiry and ignite curiosity with children. Parents and teachers can type their questions in the chat bar during the program and throughout the panelist conversation for an interactive experience.

This free preview screening and discussion will be hosted on the interactive online streaming platform OVEE. To register for the event, and to access the screening on Aug. 29, click here.

About ‘Elinor Wonders Why’

The stories in Elinor Wonders Why center around Elinor and her friends Ari, a funny and imaginative bat, and Olive, a perceptive and warm elephant.

In each episode, Elinor models the foundational practices of science inquiry and engineering design — including her amazing powers of observation and willingness to ask questions and investigate. When she encounters something she doesn’t understand, like why birds have feathers or how tiny ants build massive anthills, she just can’t let it go until she figures it out. And in discovering the answers, Elinor often learns something about nature’s ingenious inventions and how they can connect to ideas in our designed world, and what it takes to live in a community. Elinor Wonders Why encourages children and parents to ask their own questions and experience the joy of discovery and understanding together.

Along with the television series, Elinor Wonders Why will offer digital content for kids, parents and teachers. Elinor Wonders Why games will be available on and on the free PBS KIDS Games app, along with clips and full episodes streaming across PBS KIDS’ video platforms, including the free PBS KIDS Video app.

An Elinor Wonders Why app will also launch after the series’ debut. Parent resources, including tips and hands-on activities to extend the learning at home, will be available on the PBS KIDS for Parents site, and PBS LearningMedia will offer classroom-ready materials for teachers, including video excerpts, games, teaching tips and printable activities.

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