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Celebrates Earth Day with Four All New Episodes
Premiering the week of April 18

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011


Airing Monday April 18th - Thursday April 21st at 10am on WTVP 47.1

Hollywood, Calif. (February 24, 2011)SID THE SCIENCE KID, the engaging and entertaining animated preschool series that encourages kids to explore and experience science celebrates Earth Day with four new episodes the week of April 18-22, on PBS KIDS. Following four Emmy nominations and multiple prestigious awards, (most recently the CINE Golden Eagle Award), the curriculum-based series from The Jim Henson Company and KCET/Los Angeles is releasing all-new adventures and investigations with supporting resources and tools for educators, parents and caregivers.

The new episodes each explore a different science theme related to the environment. Sid, the show’s energetic and inquisitive preschool star, begins each episode with a new question and spends a fun-filled day finding answers with help from his friends and family. Sid and his pals leave the classroom for a field trip to their local science center to investigate and explore in “Where Did The Water Go?” and “Save The Stump.”

  • “Where Did The Water Go?” (“What happens to water that goes down the drain?”)
    Premieres Monday, April 18

    While brushing his teeth, Sid wonders what happens to all the dirty water when it goes down the drain. At The Science Center, Sid and his friends explore how water travels in and out of our homes through pipes. And here’s something Sid and his friends never realized: there’s lots of water in the world, but you can’t drink it all! We can only use fresh water, and there aren’t a lot of fresh water sources in the world. That’s why it’s important not to waste water!

  • “Clean Air!” (“Why does Sid’s Dad wear a mask when he paints?”)
    Premieres Tuesday, April 19 and repeats on Earth Day, Friday, April 22

    Sid the roving reporter is investigating something strange in his backyard--his Dad is wearing a mask while painting. Sid discovers that his Dad is protecting his face so he doesn’t breathe in the dirty fumes. At school, Sid and his friends discover that people and animals on Earth need to breathe clean air, and when we pollute the air around us, it affects the air that everyone breathes. The kids also discover that trees have a really important role in keeping our air clean!

  • “Reused Robot” (“Where does trash go when we throw it away?”)
    Premieres Wednesday, April 20

    Sid’s toy robot is broken, so he wants to throw it "away." Sid's Mom tells him there is no such thing as "away," and when we put something in the trash, we are actually creating waste. Sid and his friends explore the idea that everything we throw away goes somewhere. This leads to an investigation of how to recycle and reuse items so that we make less trash.

  • “Save The Stump” (“Can an old stump be a home for tiny creatures?”)
    Premieres Thursday, April 21

    Sid is super excited because his Dad is clearing out space in the yard for a basketball court! While Sid and Dad are surveying the land, Sid notices a big stump teeming with little creatures! During a special field trip to The Science Center, Sid and his friends discover that there are animal habitats all around us, even in old stumps, and if one habitat is destroyed, all of the other habitats and animals are affected.

The award-winning SID THE SCIENCE KID Website (at PBSKIDS.org/sid) inspires kids to think like a scientist, with a kid-friendly video player, songs, games, activities, and materials. The site features an all new home page that changes weekly to highlight each week’s curricular themes. Accompanying lesson plans and at-home investigations can be found online at PBSTEACHERS.org and PBSPARENTS.org.. Parents and teachers can also learn more about teaching science to preschoolers as well as replicate activities from the show by visiting the parent and teacher blogs at http://www.pbs.org/parents/sid/blogs.html





For further information contact Linda Miller, WTVP Vice President of Programming, at (309) 495-0591 or linda.miller@wtvp.org



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