Fred Rogers Company http://wesa.fm en Flight 93 Memorial Unveils Junior Ranger Program http://wesa.fm/post/flight-93-memorial-unveils-junior-ranger-program <p>The story of what happened in the terrorist attacks of 9/11 is difficult to fathom for most adults. So how do you explain it to children?</p><p>That’s the question the new Flight 93 National Memorial Junior Rangers Program hopes to address, using two years of research into how children deal with traumatic events.</p><p>On Saturday, the program and a specially-designed children’s activity booklet for visitors ages six to twelve will be unveiled during “Junior Ranger Day.” The day will also feature a Children’s Discovery Table where kids can make their own tributes.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:29:25 +0000 Kaye Burnet 31624 at http://wesa.fm Fred Rogers Co. Receives $3 Million Math Grant http://wesa.fm/post/fred-rogers-co-receives-3-million-math-grant <p>It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood for The Fred Rogers Co. after landing a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation.</p><p>The three-year grant is part of the NSF’s Advancing Informal Learning program and is the foundation’s first preschool mathematics investment in the Pittsburgh region.</p><p>About $1.2 million will go toward the development of a new cartoon, “Peg + Cat.” The Fred Rogers Co. is the executive producer of the program, which follows a girl and her cat as they use mathematics to solve everyday problems.</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 17:31:17 +0000 Michael Lynch 19611 at http://wesa.fm WordPlay: Informal Learning on the Go http://wesa.fm/post/wordplay-informal-learning-go <p>Preschoolers in the city of Pittsburgh can forget the mundane and seemingly endless minutes of staring down the street for a bus.</p><p>A new program called <a href="http://www.fredrogers.org/wordplay/">WordPlay</a>, by the <a href="http://fredrogers.org/">Fred Rogers Company</a> is meant to spark conversation between parents and children at bus stops. It’s also sparked a conversation about literacy and education. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 19:30:21 +0000 Katie Blackley 15682 at http://wesa.fm WordPlay: Informal Learning on the Go Turning the Waiting Game into an Educational Game at Pittsburgh Bus Shelters http://wesa.fm/post/turning-waiting-game-educational-game-pittsburgh-bus-shelters <p>It’s a reality for many parents and caregivers in Pittsburgh — you’re stuck waiting for a bus in the city and your kid starts getting bored and antsy.</p><p>A new effort is hoping to turn these times into teachable moments.</p><p>Instead of advertisements for law firms or universities, 23 bus shelters around Pittsburgh now have a poster adorned with colorful pictures of things such as ice cream, picnics and kiddie pools. The “Word Play” posters are part of an effort from the Fred Rogers Company to get adults talking to and interacting with kids.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:36:56 +0000 Deanna Garcia 15225 at http://wesa.fm Turning the Waiting Game into an Educational Game at Pittsburgh Bus Shelters