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PBS KIDS STEAM Kit


The best way to help young children learn is to give them a chance to practice new learning topics in different ways. That is why PBS KIDS creates educational videos, games and apps, and hands-on activities to introduce kids to new skills and give them a chance to practice those skills in different ways.

The PBS KIDS STEAM Kit uses this approach. The STEAM kit has been created for grownups and kids to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math (STEAM) skills together.

Along with a description of each weekly activity, below, you’ll find the related activity guides to download as pdfs to your computer or device.

Before you begin the weekly STEAM activities, we encourage you to watch our KICKOFF Video for a thorough overview of the project.


Week # 1 – Science

This PBS KIDS STEAM Kit contains a Science activity built on content from the popular PBS KIDS series, NATURE CAT. NATURE CAT explores the environment, encourages kids to make connections with and ask questions about the natural world, and helps them think about their role as a caretaker for our environment. In this Science themed packet, you will find:

    1. Hands-on activity: Go on a Nature Photo Scavenger Hunt
    2. PBS KIDS App overview flyer: NATURE CAT’s Great Outdoors

You are encouraged to download the free NATURE CAT Great Outdoors app, which includes the “Daisy’s Camera!” feature allowing children to take photos of their findings in nature. Children can then build on the learning with daily nature adventures in the NATURE CAT’s Great Outdoors app, as well as with interactive learning games from NATURE CAT in the FREE PBS KIDS Games app. For more digital activities from NATURE CAT, visit pbskids.org/naturecat.


Week # 2 – Technology and Engineering

This PBS KIDS STEAM Kit packet contains an Engineering and Technology activity built on content from the PBS KIDS series, READY JET GO!. In READY JET GO!, children are introduced to space, earth science and technology with Jet, a seasoned space traveler. In this Technology and Engineering themed packet, you will find:

    1. Hands-on activity: Robotic Arm Challenge
    2. PBS KIDS App overview: READY JET GO! Jet’s Bot Builder

You are encouraged to download the free READY JET GO! Jet’s Bot Builder app. In Jet’s Bot Builder app, kids will use the engineering design process to plan, create, test and improve their robot travel through the solar system. For more digital activities and videos from READY JET GO!, visit pbskids.org/readyjetgo.


Week # 3 – Art

This PBS KIDS STEAM Kit contains an Art activity built on content from the PBS KIDS digital series, SCRIBBLES AND INK. This digital series encourages kids to draw, paint, make art and express their creativity. In this Art themed packet, you will find:

    1. Hands-on activity: Underwater World
    2. Hands-on activity:  More Than A Box
    3. PBS KIDS app overview flyer: PBS KIDS Games App

Children have the option of completing one or two hands-on activities. Children can continue to create in the SCRIBBLES AND INK interactive game in the free PBS KIDS Games app. In this interactive game, children can draw objects that will interact with the main characters, Scribbles and Ink, in different open-ended stories. For more digital activities and videos from SCRIBBLES AND INK, visit pbskids.org/scribblesandink.


Week # 4 – Math

This PBS KIDS STEAM Kit contains a Math activity created with PBS KIDS characters Dee, Dot and Del. In the hands-on activity found in this packet, there’s fun for everyone in creating your own board game and math questions to build math and problem-solving skills. In this Math themed packet, you will find:

    1. Hands-on activity: Make Your Own Board Game
    2. PBS KIDS App overview flyer: PBS KIDS Games App

Children can then build on the learning at home with the video clips, songs and activities from popular PBS KIDS shows centered around math learning such as: PEG + CAT, ODD SQUAD, CYBERCHASE, AND SESAME STREET. To find these shows and more, visit pbskids.org.


To explore more PBS KIDS apps, including dozens of free apps, visit pbskids.org/apps. As a guide, we have included a list of free PBS KIDS apps in your PBS KIDS STEAM Kit!


WRAP UP

Thank you for participating in the PBS KIDS STEAM Kit activities!

What’s Next?

    1. At the completion of the activities, we would appreciate your feedback so much! Please find the Survey here. 
    2. We encourage you to share your child’s work with us by tagging @WPBSTV on social media!
    3. Follow WPBS on social media on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.
    4. Sign up for the PBS KIDS Newsletter and the WPBS Newsletter.
    5. Sign up to become at WPBS Member and Jrs Club Member.

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