UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – A long-running partnership between the Penn State Eberly College of Science’s Office of Science and WPSU has resulted in a special public television show that will be distributed to PBS members’ stations nationwide after the premiere at 7 p.m. December 26 at the local WPSU member station.
Showcasing educational science activities developed for the popular Science-U summer camps in Pennsylvania for K-12 students, the special showcase presents those projects to children and their parents or caregivers in a home environment.
“We’ve been talking about putting this together for a long time, and it made sense during COVID to finally do it,” said Christian Berg, series producer at WPSU. “Suddenly families and kids are locked in, distance learning, and we have all these different experiences from Science-U camps that we’ve videotaped over the years. So we said, wouldn’t it be great to have them all united in a program!”
An extensive collaboration between Science-U Camp instructors, Penn State education designers, and the WPSU education team, the special was created around the topic of providing parents and caregivers with the resources to learn about science together at home, and also provides valuable scientifically backed advice for parents on how to get the most out of it. Of the activities, “things like asking open-ended questions, encouraging boys and girls as equals, and turning mistakes and failures into positive learning experiences—all based on studies of positive adults—interactions with children that have been shown to engage children in scientific discovery,” he explained. Berg.” At a time when children had no choice but to learn from home, we decided to draw on our large collection of short animated videos and live action to create a special program that is both entertaining and informative to inspire children and parents to explore the world of science together. “