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SOURCE Maryland Public Television
SpaceRacers.org Focuses on a STEM Education Curriculum and Encourages Science & Space Learning for 3- to 6-Year Olds with Lesson Plans Now Available for Educators
OWINGS MILLS, Md., June 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Space Racers™, the new children's educational public television series, distributed by Maryland Public Television (MPT), announces the launch of www.SpaceRacers.org along with lesson plans for educators and parents. The website features series episodes, clips, games and a robust Parents and Educators section designed to encourage STEM education for 3- to 6-year olds. With NASA onboard as technical consultants during the development of the series, both the show and SpaceRacers.org focus on science and technology concepts, information, methods, and practices to help set the stage for future success in these critical learning areas.
Space Racers™ follows Eagle, Robyn, Hawk and their fellow spaceship cadets as they journey through the solar system, learning about the power of science, the wonders of space and the importance of teamwork. The SpaceRacers.org site features interactive games, family activities, and lesson plans that engage learners in science inquiry, space and teamwork. Children will also be encouraged to explore the world around them in fun and engaging ways. All materials are now available for free download in the Parents and Educators section of SpaceRacers.org and will soon be provided for free in an educator toolkit that will be distributed nationwide.
Spaceracers.org was created for a pre-reading audience where key content links are distinct in shape and color. Visitors to the site will discover:
"Our main goal was to build a site that kids, parents, and educators can use to explore space together," said Richard Schweiger, Executive Producer & Creator of Space Racers. "The release of a mobile-responsive site was a priority for us, and we will be releasing a new mobile app for both iOS and Android in the fall."
MPT reports that Space Racers is currently airing in close to 60% of the public television markets in the United States, with Chicago (WYCC), Philadelphia (WYBE), Boston (WGBH), Atlanta (GPB Kids), Tampa (WEDU), Indianapolis (WFYI) and Las Vegas (Vegas PBS) joining this month. The series is distributed by CAKE internationally with pickup in over 15 countries around the world, including France, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, Poland and Taiwan.
The Space Racers website and educational content were produced by THIRTEEN Productions LLC for WNET and by Space Race, LLC. The site was designed and developed by SiiTE with "Space Collector" game design by THIRTEEN and BlueMarker.
Viewers interested in watching this series in their area are encouraged to contact their local Public Television Station to express interest in Space Racers™. Public TV stations can be located through the online station finder at this web link: http://www.aptonline.org/aptweb.nsf/vViewers/Index-Stations+Near+You
ABOUT MPT: http://www.mpt.org/about/
ABOUT SPACE RACERS: http://spaceracers.org/en/parents-educators/about-space-racers
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