MARCH 2020

Coronavirus. By now, many families have heard about it on TV, read about it online, talked about it at work or in school, but there are still a lot of questions surrounding this virus. With news of the coronavirus COVID-19's continued spread, sorting through the information can feel overwhelming and scary. While the coronavirus risk level remains low in Georgia, children may still have a lot of questions. 

Here are some answers and resources to help kids (and adults) better understand the virus.

GPB Education will be live streaming from the City of Smyrna Recycling Center in Smyrna, Georgia on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, from 10 AM to 11 AM EST. This live virtual field trip will offer students insight into the recycling process as they explore two types of recycling centers and see how one of the world's largest carpet manufacturers repurposes plastic bottles. Students will also learn how they can reduce, reuse, and properly recycle in order to protect the environment and reduce pollution. 

This event includes live interactive elements, such as polls and experts who are available to answer students' questions. Use #RecycleLive to participate in the conversation. 

Watch on your local GPB TV channel or stream live on on May 13th at 10 AM. 

It's time to sharpen those pencils! GPB invites Georgia students in kindergarten through third grade to create a great story, illustrate it, and enter it in our PBS KIDS Writers Contest

The deadline for submissions is March 20, 2020. 

Stories can be fact or fiction, poetry or prose, and will be judged on originality, creative expression, storytelling, and integration of illustrations. A first, second, and third place will be chosen from each grade level. Additionally, four stories (one from each grade level) will be selected for the STEAM Award if their story effectively incorporates science, technology, engineering, arts, and/or mathematics. 

On Saturday, March 21, GPB Education is hosting a free PBS KIDS Edcamp for early childhood educators at Fountain Elementary School in Forest Park, GA. This "un-conference" is designed to share, collaborate, and learn from each other! 

PBS KIDS EdCamp for Early Childhood Educators is focused on early learning for educators who work with preschool and pre-kindergarten children in schools, childcare centers, or family homes. 

GPB Education offers a variety of free resources for St. Patrick's Day, including videos, lesson plans, and activities. 

Explore the origins of the holiday, learn fun facts about St. Patrick's Day traditions, and more! 
  GPB Event Highlights NOVA: Polar Extremes

Join GPB at the Fernbank Science Center in Atlanta on Saturday, March 21, from 3-5 PM for a special event highlighting NOVA: Polar Extremes. Polar Extremes shadows scientists as they follow a trail of fossils found in all the wrong places, beech trees in Antarctica, redwoods, and hippo-like mammals in the Arctic. NOVA uncovers the bizarre history of the poles, from miles-thick ice sheets to warm polar forests teeming with life. 

Guests will enjoy clips from the 2-hour film, excerpts from the accompanying digital series Antarctic Extremes, and a chance to test drive the NOVA Polar Lab web-based experience.

This event is free, but space is limited! Register here. 
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