Odd Squad Camp Teaches Problem Solving

By Harold Wolfe, Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations, WGBY

You know that WGBY airs great national PBS series such as Masterpiece, Nature, Nova, This Old House, American Experience, and Antiques Roadshow. You also probably catch our local programs – As Schools Match Wits and Connecting Point. And of course, who can hear about WGBY and PBS without thinking of our great, educational kids programming.

What you may not know, however, is that WGBY has a Community Engagement & Education department that works year-round delivering educational programs to children and students throughout our region.

Here’s an example: This summer, with the help of three young interns, WGBY held Odd Squad Camp for 16 children at the YMCA of Greater Springfield from July 27 to July 30. Children 6-8 years old stepped into the shoes of Odd Squad agents to solve and report a series of odd cases as they engaged in interactive content, games and crafts. Real-world activities enabled the young “agents” to apply specific math skills modeled in Odd Squad, the new PBS KIDS show that garnered six daytime Emmy nominations this year.

Odd Squad characters — played by accomplished young actors — challenge young viewers and make them curious. As with all PBS KIDS characters, they motivate young people to learn and have fun at the same time. Odd Squad resources can be found at PBS LearningMedia, where you can browse by many math topics such as Counting and Bundling Numbers, Geometry, and Real-World Math: Maps, Measurement and Time. You’ll also find Odd Squad games, videos and latest episodes on the show’s homepage.

This is just one example of the many projects WGBY completed this summer. WGBY is able to deliver programs such as these – along with national PBS series and fresh, local programming – because of the generous contributions of people like you. Thank you!

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