STEM to Play Starring Role in 42nd Season of ‘Sesame Street’

By Erik W. Robelen — September 26, 2011 1 min read
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Grover, Elmo, Cookie Monster, and the rest of the gang on “Sesame Street” will bring a special focus on STEM education in the 42nd season of the popular preschool program, which begins airing today on PBS Kids.

Young children are “natural scientists,” Rosemarie Truglio—the vice president for education and research at Sesame Workshop, which produces the award-winning show—told USA Today. “They’re exploring the world around them and trying to figure out how the world works.” (USA Today beat me to the punch with their clever headline: ‘Sesame Street’ Brought to You by Letters S-T-E-M.’)

A press release from Sesame Workshop explains that the characters will use a “hands-on, ears-on, eyes-on approach to tackle complex problems and understanding puzzling phenomena. From observing the properties of bubbles to experimenting to see ‘what worms like to squirm on best’ to engineering a bot for Zoe’s pet rock, Elmo and the gang use the processes of scientific inquiry to make sense of their environment.”

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Curriculum Matters blog.