via press release:
Popular Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson
Guest Stars in Brand-New Martha Speaks Episode,
Friday, June 15, 2012 on
PBS KIDS (check local listings)
Acclaimed Champion of the Cosmos
Teaches Kids about Astronomy Just in Time for Summer Skies
(Boston, MA, June 7, 2012): World-renowned astrophysicist and former NOVA scienceNOW host Neil deGrasse Tyson guest-stars as himself in a truly “star-studded” all-new Martha Speaks episode premiering Friday, June 15, on PBS KIDS (check local listings). In “Eyes on the Skies,” Truman’s hero, Neil deGrasse Tyson, is holding a seminar at the library. Truman is certain that his activity partner, TD ,is going to embarrass him in front of his idol. Does TD have what it takes to become a great scientist? With the help of Martha and her friends, Dr. Tyson will introduce kids to important science vocabulary such as telescope, astrophysicist, and more.
“I was delighted to make a cameo appearance on Martha Speaks,” says Dr. Tyson. “Science based vocabulary is a fun way to introduce the universe to kids, especially since they’re naturally curious about the world around them. Equipping them with the words to describe what they discover enriches their childhood, and may just plant the seeds of science literacy for their adulthood.”
Throughout his career, Neil deGrasse Tyson has had an extensive relationship with PBS. In 2004, he was the on-camera host of the PBS-NOVA four-part mini-series Origins. For five seasons, beginning in the fall of 2006, Tyson appeared as the on-camera host of PBS-NOVA’s spinoff program NOVA ScienceNOW, which offers an accessible look at the frontiers of all the science that shapes the understanding of our place in the universe.
Dr. Tyson is the recipient of 14 honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest award given by NASA to a non-government citizen. His contributions to the public’s appreciation of the cosmos have been recognized by the International Astronomical Union in their official naming of asteroid “13123 Tyson.”
“Like Truman, we are big fans of Dr. Tyson and his mission to educate all of us about science and the universe,” says Carol Greenwald, Senior Executive Producer of Martha Speaks. “We are honored he was willing to appear in the episode and introduce vocabulary and ideas we hope will get kids excited about exploring the skies.”
Also airing that day is the brand-new “Camp Truman.” In this episode, Milo is super-excited to go to Camp Winnetka this summer – he’s been packing since Christmas. But when Truman discovers that Camp Winnetka is closing, he takes it upon himself to cheer Milo up – by showing him how miserable and grueling camp can be. Tune in to learn words like forage, hike, and grueling.
Martha Speaks Online
Martha’s antics continue online at pbskids.org/martha, a comprehensive website that builds on the series’ curriculum to bolster the oral vocabulary of 4- to 7-year-olds. To celebrate Neil deGrasse Tyson’s new friendship with Martha and her friends, the popular Dog Tags game on the Martha Speaks website will be updated in mid-July to feature a whole new page of pet photos, and include science related props, words, and friends for decorating your dog pals. Visit pbskids.org/martha to play.
About Martha Speaks
Now in its fourth season on PBS KIDS, Martha Speaks, based on the best-selling children’s books by Susan Meddaugh, is a proven tool for increasing children’s vocabulary and is comparable to traditional classroom vocabulary instruction (such as reading out loud). Throughout each episode, Martha, a dog who gained the ability of speech from eating alphabet soup, teaches young children vocabulary words such as famous, admire, understudy, and more.
The series is supported by an educational outreach campaign that includes a cross-age reading buddy program. For more information on Martha Speaks Reading Buddies, visit http://pbskids.org/martha//parentsteachers/readingbuddies/index.html
Martha Speaksis distributed internationally by DHX Media and also airs on TVO, Knowledge Network, and SCN and has been acquired by broadcasters across Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Martha Speaks is a production of WGBH Boston and DHX Media. Martha Speaksseries funding is provided in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Corporate funding is provided by Chuck E. Cheese’s®, Kiddie Academy® Child Care Learning Centers, and Chick-fil-A, Inc. Additional funding provided by The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations…Dedicated to Strengthening America’s Future Through Education, by the WGBH Children’s Educational Media Fund and by public television viewers.
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