In our first collaboration, Goodwill Theatre and WSKG present 2 Sid the Science Kid Screenings at the Schorr Family Firehouse Stage on Saturday, April 11 at 11 AM & 2 PM. Hands-on fun takes place between the two shows! The collaboration has been very successful and both shows are sold out! Hopefully more events will follow in the future!
Sid the Science Kid is an award-winning educational animated television series that uses comedy and music to promote exploration, discovery and science readiness among preschoolers. Sid the Science Kid features a practical in-school science curriculum and celebrates children’s natural curiosity about science in everyday life. The energetic and inquisitive Sid starts each episode with a new question (“Why are my shoes shrinking?” or “Why do bananas get mushy?”) and embarks on a fun-filled day of finding answers with the help of family and friends. Each episode of “Sid the Science Kid” focuses on a single scientific concept that is presented using Preschool Pathways to Science (PrePS©), a practical science readiness curriculum used in preschool classrooms that was created by cognitive researchers and preschool educators, incorporating lessons learned from developmental research as well as classroom experience.
The main goals of Sid the Science Kid are:
- To encourage children to think, talk and work the way scientists do by building on preschoolers’ natural curiosity about the world.
- To show that science is all around us – we all interact with and are capable of learning about scientific concepts.
- To contribute to school readiness by fostering children’s intellectual skills, motivation to learn, and confidence in themselves as learners.
- To support children’s learning by partnering with parents and teachers to create a “climate of curiosity” for children.
Each day, Sid, his friends, and our viewers practice doing what scientists do:
- Observing objects, events, and people
- Asking questions
- Finding words to describe observations and to communicate ideas
- Exploring and investigating to try to answer questions
- Using science tools to observe and measure
- Recording observations using simple drawings and basic charts
- Using what they have observed, measured, and recorded to predict what might happen next and to ask more questions
Tune into Sid the Science Kid Sunday mornings at 8:30am on WSKG-TV. Parent resources, activities and more can be found at http://www.pbs.org/parents/sid/.