In six new six-minute segments, Grover is coming to the rescue in “Super Grover 2.0.” As he observes, questions, investigates and reports, our hero literally stumbles across solutions to problems all across the planet. “Super Grover 2.0” is a continuation of this season’s curriculum, science investigation, allowing young children to become active participants in the processes of scientific inquiry as they make observations, formulate questions, and investigate answers. Encouraging children to explore the fascinating worlds of science, technology, engineering and mathematics is what connects Sesame Street’s 41st season with the current national focus on these STEM concepts.
“Children are naturally inquisitive – they are always questioning and analyzing the world around them,” says Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, Vice President of Education and Research, Sesame Workshop. “The goal of the curriculum is to introduce young children to vocabulary and process skills that are integral in developing scientific reasoning abilities. Having our characters model these skills, especially ‘Super Grover 2.0,’ is a perfect age-appropriate way to engage children while they learn science concepts and build knowledge about how the world around them works.”
Science is featured throughout the new season in street stories, animations and new live action films. In a street story, Elmo and his friends learn all about the concept “camouflage” from Camouflage Carla, played by Kyra Sedgwick, while they look for six things around Sesame Street that blend into the scenery. In three newly commissioned films with NASA, kids will be exploring the wonders of space as an astronaut in orbit at the International Space Station presents letter and number of the day segments.
“We’re really excited that our audience, both children and their caregivers, have responded in such a positive way to last season’s changes,” commented Carol-Lynn Parente, Executive Producer, Sesame Street. “This year, we’re building on that success with a distinctive curriculum that will help unleash children’s innate feelings of awe and wonder to the scientific world and will allow them to be active participants in the learning process.”
In true Sesame Street fashion, this season will feature an exciting roster of celebrities and original parodies. Featured celebrities include: Academy Award-nominated actor, Jude Law; Golden Globe Award-winning actors Colin Farrell, Jennifer Garner and Jason Bateman; Emmy Award-winning comedian Wanda Sykes; NFL superstars Reggie Bush and LaDainian Tomlinson; Grammy Award-winning artists Will.i.am, Usher and Michael McKean; pop star Katy Perry; American Idol’s Kara DioGuardi; Modern Family’s Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell; Grey’s Anatomy’s Ellen Pompeo; Parks & Recreation’s Amy Poehler; rap and TV star Rev Run; The Closer’s Kyra Sedgwick; Actors Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Romijn, Zoe Saldana, Taye Diggs, Idina Menzel, Chris O’Donnell, Jim Parsons, Rachel Griffiths, Anna Faris, Terrence Howard; The View’s Sherri Shepherd; Today Show’s Natalie Morales; The Insider’s Samantha Harris; and Food Network star Alton Brown.
Parodies include: “True Mud,” a play on the popular HBO series, True Blood; “The Furry Four,” a humorous take on The Fantastic Four; “Ironing Monster,” a parody of the comic book superhero Iron Man; “The Closer,” a parody of the television show The Closer; and “A Team,” a parody of the television show The A-Team with Ryan Reynolds as big ‘A.’
Additionally the 41st season will feature new original animations. “Pinball Animation Stop Motion,” from Florence Animation, was the winner of the worldwide competition, Aniboom Awards 4 Sesame Street
, sponsored earlier this year by Sesame Workshop and Aniboom. Finally, Sesame Street
collaborated with renowned children’s author, Todd Parr
, on a new film about childhood fears.
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About Sesame Workshop
Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization that revolutionized children’s television programming with the landmark Sesame Street.
The Workshop produces local Sesame Street
programs, seen in over 140 countries, and other acclaimed shows to help bridge the literacy gap including The Electric Company
. Beyond television, the Workshop produces content for multiple media platforms on a wide range of issues including literacy, health and military deployment. Initiatives meet specific needs to help young children and families develop critical skills, acquire healthy habits and build emotional strength to prepare them for lifelong learning. Learn more at www.sesameworkshop.org
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, PBS Parents (PBSPARENTS.org
), PBS Teachers (PBSTEACHERS.org
). PBS is a nonprofit media enterprise owned and operated by the nation’s nearly 360 public television stations, serving more than 124 million people on-air and online each month. For more information on specific shows supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit PBS.org/pressroom