I’ve noticed something over the years when speaking to folks about public television. Whether it’s someone who tunes in once in a while or those who can name each and every character who’s graced the halls of Downton Abbey, one thing remains the same – eyes light up in a special way when the subject turns to children’s programming. Depending on our age, most of us were either raised on PBS children’s programming or we watched as our children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews learned to count with Big Bird and the gang – or both.
And while some things will never change – like public television’s commitment to creating programs that teach as much as they entertain – PBS continues to lead the industry in using innovative technology to meet youngsters right where they are, and turn learning into a game that kids want to play. It’s this continual innovation that led to the newest offering from pbskids.org – Kart Kingdom. Kart Kingdom is an online world that features a collection of fun, curriculum-based games that help kids understand systems and develop critical thinking skills. The site is designed to build collaboration skills as children work together to create gadgets and unlock rewards; and the technology allows users to create, play and share their own digital games.
The world has changed a lot since PBS began serving our littlest viewers over 40 years ago, but one thing remains – whether on-air or online, public television creates a safe place for children to learn, grow and play. Whether it’s your kids, grandkids, or neighbors who find their way to Kart Kingdom, know that your support makes it possible. Thank you!