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Airing Education with KAET, Eight, Arizona PBS
Guest Author: Ester Skiera
Eight’s Horizon is an award-winning program aired by KAET- Eight, Arizona PBS. It’s a nightly public affairs program covering what’s happening around Arizona. But that’s not the only program from Eight that’s noteworthy. More importantly, Eight is truly for us who are passionate in education. Eight specializes in the education of children, in-depth news and public affairs, lifelong learning, and the celebration of arts and culture. The company utilizes the power of noncommercial television, the Internet, educational outreach services, and community-based initiatives.
KAET – Eight, Arizona PBS follows the trend in using social media. It currently hosts Google+ Hangouts with Arizona State University Professor, Dr. Lawrence Krauss quarterly. He also appears regularly on Arizona Horizon. “There are numerous on-air programs dedicated to students and STEM from PBS, funded by CPB and the US Department of Education,” says Kimberly Flack, Associate GM – Education of Eight – AZ PBS. The newest addition premiering in January 2014 is PBS KIDS ODD Squad. “On-air, online, and additional resources are designed around specific math standard concepts for students in grades 1-3,” Flack explains. In October, Eight also hosted a special free live online event. This event will eventually be available as digital segments in PBS LearningMedia: “Eight hosts Discovering the Ocean: An Educational Program for Arizona Schools Featuring Jean-Michel Cousteau”.
Eight consistently brings high-quality education programs, as part of its mission statement: ‘to continue to deliver groundbreaking, high quality programming; in-depth analysis of local issues; safe, educational viewing for your children; and educational outreach initiatives to enrich Arizona’s future.’ School age kids are very important for Eight. Thus, Eight reaches out by providing various programs and tools, including PBS LearningMedia. “School age kids can now create an account under the direction of their teachers in PBS LearningMedia. This is a great way for teachers to create flipped classrooms,” Flack says.
STEM runs deep at Eight. “STEM is a large part of KAET’s on-air programming and the focus of our educational outreach. K.A.E.T. stands for Arizona Educational Television. It was originally created over 53 years ago to bring high quality programs into homes that were unique to broadcast. This continues today into new spaces such as streaming media and is still available at no cost over the airwaves,” Flack says.
Clearly, Eight depends on STEM in realizing its mission. Eight lives for education. It supports STEM and those who are dedicated to bringing more people to understand STEM. In Arizona, Eight’s mission is in synch with Arizona SciTech Festival. For that reason, KAET – Eight, Arizona PBS is one of sponsors for Arizona SciTech Festival. “Eight, Arizona PBS has sponsored the AZ SciTech Festival since its opening year. KAET has been pleased to host (AZ SciTech’s Executive Director) Jeremy Babendure on Arizona Horizon numerous times throughout the Festival’s involvement in Arizona. Dr. Babendure has also worked with Eight to promote the Arizona Innovation Conference both years,” Flacks describes. After all, Eight sees its work with the Arizona SciTech Festival as an extension of its public service to Arizona in continuing to outreach and provide resources to the community, families, educators, business, and industry.
So next time you watch TV and flip through hundreds of channels, stop by Eight, and make time to watch its award-winning programs that revolve around education. Television is not always filled with trash. It could be educational and worth watching like what Eight offers.