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Cyberchase—Green It Up

This free hands-on webinar series is designed for children ages 6-8 to inspire a deep appreciation for nature, build STEM skills and help students feel empowered to take environmental action in their neighborhoods—just like their favorite characters on the PBS Kids show CYBERCHASE.

The virtual Explorations focuses on subjects like; Pollinators, Deforestation and Growing Container Gardens. Each virtual Exploration lasts about 30-45 minutes and include an overview of the Big Idea, an Explore Activity that is conducted during the virtual Exploration and a Get Outside activity to do after the virtual Exploration. The fourth virtual Exploration is the  “Big Finale”. During the “Big Finale,” facilitators lead a discussion to reflect on has been learned and inspired by throughout the program. Then, they work together to make a PSA video or poster to help spread the word about the issue(s) in their community. Kids then sign a Cyberchase: Green It Up Pledge and describe what they plan to do to make a difference in their community.

Watch the recordings of the Cyberchase—Green It Up! virtual event.

Exploration 1 — Pollinators 

Join PBS Western Reserve’s Department of Education and the Cyberchase Green it Up Team as we look at pollinators, like bats, butterflies, and bees, animals that help to spread pollen from one plant to another so that more plants can grow. They are necessary for growing many fruits and nuts that we eat like almonds, cherries, bananas, avocados, tomatoes, and grapes, as well as most kinds of flowers. Today, many pollinators are losing their habitats (places where they live).

Exploration 2 — Fruit and Vegetable Container Garden 

You don’t need a lot of land or a complicated set-up to grow your own food. You can grow your own fruits, vegetables, and herbs in a classroom, at home, or in a community garden. Join PBS Western Reserve’s Department of Education and the Cyberchase Green it Up Team as they demonstrate how growing your own food can help you make healthy choices, save money, and help the environment. You can control what pesticides and chemicals you use (or don’t use!) and the amount of water you use, so that nothing is wasted. You are also making a green space that gives you oxygen and provides homes for insects and other animals.

Exploration 3 — Deforestation 

Join PBS Western Reserve’s Department of Education and the Cyberchase Green it Up Team as we look at the issue of deforestation. Trees provide the Earth with many things that help other plants and animals (including humans) survive, like air to breathe, places to live, and food to eat. We also use trees to make paper and supply wood for building houses and making furniture. Deforestation is when people destroy forests permanently to create room for farmland, housing, and other buildings.

Exploration 4 — Big Finale  

We learned about pollinators, growing your own food and the dangers of deforestation. However, There is a lot more that we can do to impact the environment. Wrap up your Green it Up experience and join PBS Western Reserve as we look at issues that are important to us all. We’ll take some time to think about what they’ve learned and share with others, through a PSA, poster or other sources, the things they can do to support and protect nature in our communities.