Volunteers Wanted for BioBlitz at Chicopee Memorial State Park

Elms College has a BioBlitz at Chicopee Memorial State Park from 9-3pm this Saturday, April 30, 2016, in which scientists, naturalists, and volunteers will conduct an intense survey to find and identify all living creatures (birds, plants, insects, and mammals) in that particular region on that one day.

In addition to information about how students, teachers, parents, and friends as well as those able to act as experts can contact Elms College about the event, we want to share classroom resources about Continue reading

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade Through the Eyes of a Westfield Colleen

IMG_9456My name is Anna Grady and, as a senior at Westfield High School, I have been lucky enough to intern here at WGBY in the Education and Community Engagement Department these past few months.

Growing up in a large, close-knit family who celebrates its Irish heritage proudly, St. Patrick’s Day is a big day. Those of Irish heritage are often enthusiastic about their ancestry anytime of year; however, this day is extra special, a day to love and honor where their families come from.

Here in Western MA, the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a huge, annual event that draws many people from the area. With representation from many surrounding towns and cities, the local high school bands, fire and police departments, and all others marching by, there is no shortage of excitement.  This year the parade was even more special for me and my family.  As a member of the 2016 Westfield Colleen Court, I was Continue reading

Celebrate Love for Learning at Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

As Valentines Day approaches, WGBY prepares to celebrate Love for Learning — a PBS Kids Fan Fair — on February 20th from 10am to 4pm at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield.  Fun learning for families will fill the day, which includes PBS KIDS characters Elmo and Curious George, Eric Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar, Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat, children’s authors and illustrators, a special screening, and much more. Continue reading

Connected Teachers & Connected Learners: Focus of 2016 Technology in Education Conference

The guiding questions for this year’s Technology in Education (TiE) Conference, “Connected Teachers / Connected Learners,” are compelling ones.   They have to do with how technology can engage local and global communities, center young people’s voices, support authentic and empowering partnerships, and connect teachers.  Equally important to ask, what are the skills, experience and mindset that teachers and students need to be successful?
WGBY will be among conference presenters on Thursday, January 14, at Holyoke Community College with

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Seussian Inspired Gingerbread Magic

gingerbread-2015You’ll find holiday magic this season on the second floor of the Springfield Science Museum where Seussian Holiday: Gingerbread Competition is casting its spell until January 3, 2016.   Inside this enchanted space, the scent of sugary gingerbread and the festive sounds of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas set the stage for fantastic gingerbread creations of all shapes and sizes by young and old.

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Explore Latino Heritage in Our Valley and Country

WGBY celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month with upcoming programming and a special event in our studios.  This Friday at 10pm, the 2015 Hispanic Heritage Awards pays tribute to Latinos by Latinos with celebrated Hispanic artists.  On October 15 at 5:30pm, WGBY hosts Herencia Latina as part of a celebration of our region’s Latino American Heritage.  After a musical performance by Heshima Moja, we’ll screen “Episode IV: The New Latinos,” with Dr. Arlene Rodriguez, STCC Vice President of Student Affairs, facilitating the evening’s discussion.  

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LittleFest — A Celebration of Literacy — Is Almost Here!

Saturday, September 26, at the Springfield Museums promises to be a fun-filled day on this first weekend of autumn.  A celebration to promote reading among young people, LittleFest is free to Springfield residents as well as to WGBY and Springfield Museum members.

As heard in this video clip, children and their families will be treated to appearances by Daniel Tiger,  Continue reading

Highlights from WGBY’s Summer of Fun & Learning

This photomontage shows moments from many of our summer activities in the Community Engagement and Education Department.  Among them are preK classroom visits to Springfield’s Head Start on Carew Street and the YMCA of Greater Springfield.  On these weekly site visits, children were read to and participated in accompanying activities designed by our capable summer interns.  We also brought our mobile media lab so children could play PBS KIDS educational games.  In celebration of Head Start’s 50th Anniversary, we  Continue reading

WGBY Day at the Springfield Museums: Double the Fun & Double the Learning with Curious George

WGBY is celebrating the Springfield Museums’ special exhibit, Curious George:  Let’s Get Curious George, with our own special day at the Science Museum on Friday, August 14, 2015, from 10:00am – 3:00pm.  WGBY Day at the Springfield Museums:  Double the Fun & Double the Learning with Curious George offers families a chance to meet and greet Curious George, the monkey who has captured the imaginations and hearts of millions for close to 75 years.  In addition to Curious George appearances, we’ll offer Continue reading