Getting kids involved to do projects with their parents can be a fun way to prepare them for their future. No matter how menial the task is, these projects and tasks are, they are relevant to everyday life. And PBS Kids will be helping empower parents to help their children draw connections between the subjects and help make science relevant to their everyday lives, by releasing the new short-form series, What’s Good.
What’s Good will take audiences to new locations and visiting new people with each new episode. They will learn how science ties directly into everyday life when they visit people with backgrounds in dancing, poetry, music, art, athleticism, cooking and. In addition, each video comes with supplemental material for parents to discuss the educational topics of each video with their children.
Below is a brief description of the videos that will be available.
· WHAT’S GOOD “Dance” – Watch as break-dancers Tori Torsion, B-Girl Eren and B-Boy Evol show off their amazing moves. Harness the science of movement as you learn about the physics of rotation; make time to dance, twirl, climb, run, jump, or slide with your kids, as these early experiences with forces and motion will ignite their curiosity and provide a foundation for future science study.
· WHAT’S GOOD “Contrast” – Visit artist Hebru Branley at the studio to explore the concept of color contrast. The science of color and texture is found everywhere we look. Artists use contrasting colors and textures to make their pieces more visually appealing: rough and smooth, light and dark, thick and thin. Kids can explore contrast as a way to understand their world, so get inspired and create colorful artwork with your kids.
· WHAT’S GOOD “Garden” – Discover communities that use science to plant thriving gardens and grow sustainable food sources. Gardening, tending to the environment, and observing nature can help kids understand their relationship with the earth and our responsibility to take care of it and each other, so don’t be afraid to grow something amazing with your kids.
· WHAT’S GOOD “Music” – Venture into the private studios of music producers Peter Cottontale and Thelonius Martin to see how they work. Music is scientific: sound is produced when something vibrates, and those vibrations are brought to the ear as sound waves. Learn about the science of sound and discover how good vibes can move you and your kids.
· WHAT’S GOOD “Balance” – Go shopping with chef Won Kim as he dishes on selecting affordable ingredients that can come together to make a complete, healthy meal. A balanced lifestyle makes room for the exercise, nutrition, and sleep that keep our minds sharp and our bodies strong. Learn the basic science of balance and get excited to make a homemade meal with your kids.
· WHAT’S GOOD “Angles” – Take the court with retired NBA star and current basketball analyst Kendall Gill to learn about the science of the perfect shot. We use angles every day – to build ramps and slides, steer a car, shoot basketballs, throw baseballs, and kick soccer balls. In fact, the science of angles is in almost every sport we play and every movement we make, so go out and play a game with your kids.
What’s Good videos and supplemental materials will be available on PBS Parents starting January 8.