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Season Six Of Curious Crew Incorporates Next Generation Science Standards

Amanda Pinckney

The sixth season of the Emmy Award winning WKAR-TV kid’s science show Curious Crew premieres Monday. The program explores ways of making science fun by taking a hands on approach to investigating principles of science, technology, engineering, and math also known as STEM. WKAR's Mary Ellen Pitney spoke with the show’s host Dr. Rob Stephenson, as well as senior producer Carol Yancho, and crew member Genesis.

About Curious Crew

Curious Crew is an Emmy Award-winning kids’ science show produced by WKAR-TV, the PBS affiliate based at Michigan State University. The host, Dr. Rob Stephenson, has a cast of 45 kids – many from the Lansing and mid-Michigan area – who explore STEM concepts through fun, hands-on investigations.

Season 6 of Curious Crew premieres Monday, March 2nd, at 5:30 PM on WKAR. Episodes are also available online.

Episodes air on PBS stations across the country, and this January, Curious Crew was honored with an award from the National Education Telecommunications Association (NETA) for its educational content. And this season Curious Crew is incorporating Next Generation Science Standards as well, which will soon be required in science classrooms throughout the US.

Host Dr. Rob Stephenson is a STEM consultant for the Ingham Intermediate School District (ISD) and taught at Okemos Public schools for 18. He was named Michigan Teacher of the Year in 2009-10 and was a National Teacher of the Year finalist.

WKAR-TV is gearing up for Season 7 of Curious Crew this summer and will hold a casting call for kids at its studios on Saturday, May 2nd.

Karel Vega served as radio news managing editor at WKAR from 2020 to 2023.
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