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12:13 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween from PBS KIDS

Happy Halloween from PBS KIDS
Credit PBS KIDS

Check out these PBS KIDS activities.  Games, activities for families, interactives and more!

http://pbskids.org/halloween/

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Kids and Family
5:28 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

More Than a Mapp

more than a mapp
Credit Independent Lens

More Than a Mapp is a free iPhone and iPod app that allows users to discover and contribute to the African American history that exists all around us. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mtam/id497509679?mt=8

Educators Guide: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/more-than-a-month/app.html

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Kids and Family
5:22 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Earth Friendly Halloween Craft

Plum Landing
Credit WGBH

Want to make a hauntingly easy AND recyclable craft? Don't throw out that egg carton, recycle it with Plum Landing. https://wgbh.app.box.com/s/qdy11fch4vscz33fb05h

Kids and Family
1:28 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

FREE Space Racers App

Space Racers
Credit Space Race, LLC.

Space Racers, a new series on SDPB, has a NEW App! The brand new FREE SpaceRacers! App is a twist on traditional flying games, with 8 engaging worlds and 32 rounds of game-play. Through self-directed play, children will explore the concept of cause and effect as they pilot the spaceships through progressively challenging – and engaging – courses. 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/space-racers!/id918543410?ls=1&mt=8  

The Space Racers series airs on SDPB TV, Thursdays, 2:00pm CT.  

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Kids and Family
2:55 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

How Do You Get Ebola?

Illustrations by Ruth Tam
Credit PBS NewsHour

Ebola is one of the world’s most virulent diseases. It comes from an extended family of viruses called Filoviridae, which also include the deadly Marburg virus.

As the virus spreads and medical workers feverishly battle to contain it, PBS NewsHour wanted to know, how exactly is this virus transmitted from human to human?  Read the following article to learn more about the process of transmission.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/know-enemy/

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Kids and Family
11:53 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Science Friday: Picture of the Week

Fused Staghorn Coral
Credit Science Friday

Do you like to look at cool science/nature photos? If the answer is yes, then check out Science Friday's “Picture of the Week" blog! 

http://sciencefriday.com/blogs/index.html?series=31#page/posts/1  

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Kids and Family
11:39 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup

Buffalo entering corral, Custer State Park. (Still from the film)
Credit SDPB

Buffalo have had a place in Custer State Park since the first herd of 36 animals was brought to the park in 1914. Thriving in their native habitat, the herd quickly outgrew the amount of forage available on the park's pastures and rangelands. Park managers faced the prospect of losing both the rangeland and the buffalo, but they knew that by occasionally gathering together almost all of the buffalo and culling a select few from the herd, the forage would be conserved and the buffalo and other grazing animals in the park would likely have enough to eat year after year.

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Kids and Family
1:04 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Lakota Funds Aims For Financial Literacy In Youth

Lakota Funds provides financial training and small business loans to spur economic development on Pine Ridge.
Credit Courtesy Lakota Funds

During the last recession there was a lot of talk about financial literacy.

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Kids and Family
5:09 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

How Did SD Tourism Look in 1938?

Women holding “tame” coyote pups. (Still from the film)

In 1938, the Burlington Northern Railroad produced and distributed a film in an effort to draw people to the Black Hills. The film would likely have been shown in movie theaters in advance of the featured program. Watch the film today and then compare it to modern tourism videos.

http://pbsdll.k12.sd.us/Downloads/7/914/102DLL.pdf

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Kids and Family
4:59 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Affies4Kids

View a Video Today!
Credit Affies4Kids

NEW! Social Skills Video Series for Preschool Children

SDPB is Excited to Offer Affies4Kids. The Affies4Kids® Preschool Series introduces parents and children to modern-day fables, told through charming 5-minute videos. The friendly characters teach positive affirmations crafted specifically for kids.

http://www.sdpb.org/affies4kids/

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Kids and Family
11:33 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Can You Hear The Difference Between A $275 and $100,000 Guitar?

Take the Quiz!
Credit Clip Art

Listen: Can you hear the difference between three different guitars; a $5,000 Martin, a $275 baby Taylor and a $100,000 1938 Martin D-28? 

Try the audio quiz below from Nashville Public Radio to see if you can! 

http://nashvillepublicradio.org/blog/2014/08/01/listen-can-hear-difference-275-100000-guitar/

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Kids and Family
1:57 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Images of the Past

Images of the Past
Credit SDPB

"Images of the Past" is a South Dakota Public Broadcasting project to make historical films, photos and other media available to a general audience. These mostly one-of-a-kind artifacts and their associated stories are being made available as online articles and occasionally, as TV programs on SDPB.

Black Hills State University - 1913 - Film shot in 1913 shows an event at Spearfish Normal School, the educational institution then on the site of what I now Black Hills State University.

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Kids and Family
3:04 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Homemade Fossils

PBS Parents: Crafts for Kids
Credit Anne Campbell

This is a great combination... coffee and crafts. Make cool fossils with your used coffee grounds.

http://www.pbs.org/parents/crafts-for-kids/homemade-fossils/  

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Kids and Family
11:47 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Rocks Moving in Death Valley… Mystery Solved?

NPR Story
Credit Momatiuk - Eastcott/Corbis

    

Scientist believe they have solved the mystery of the moving rocks of Death Valley.  For many years scientist have proposed numerous theories to explain how 50+ rocks appear to move across California’s Death Valley.  Now with the help of GPS/video technology, the mystery appears to be solved…. see for yourself. 

NPR Story: http://www.npr.org/2014/08/28/343681708/an-icy-solution-to-the-mystery-of-the-slithering-stones

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Kids and Family
5:04 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Nature Match

Adventures in Learning
Credit PBS Parents

Spend some time outside this holiday weekend with this interesting outdoor nature activity from PBS Parents.

http://www.pbs.org/parents/adventures-in-learning/2014/06/nature-match/

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Kids and Family
4:51 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

How Smart Are Dolphins?

How Smart Are Dolphins?
Credit NOVA scienceNOW

It is often said that dolphins are one of the smartest animals on the planet.  Is this true? View the following video from NOVA scienceNOW for an inside look at some fascinating studies.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/nature/how-smart-dolphins.html

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Kids and Family
4:43 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Oceti Sakowin: The People of the Seven Council Fires

Buffalo
Credit SDPB

For six-hundred years we have lived under the misconception that Columbus discovered America. What he did was stumble on a land already occupied by many people and many nations. In the center of that land were a people who call themselves Oyate: “the People”. This is their story, in their words.

http://sdpb.sd.gov/oceti/default.aspx

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Kids and Family
4:26 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Eight Awesome After-School Snacks

Eight Awesome After-School Snacks
Credit PBS Parents

Eight awesome after-school snacks from the Kitchen Explorers archive at PBS Parents.

http://www.pbs.org/parents/kitchenexplorers/2013/09/10/eight-awesome-after-school-snacks/

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Kids and Family
2:06 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Replacing Aging Pools

Swimmers enjoy the Vermillion City Pool during the final days of summer. Vermillion is seeking to replace their 50-year-old pool as a part of a park renovation.
Credit Heidi Kronaizl

  Diving into a pool is a great way to cool off on a hot and humid summer day. While many towns across the state have aging pools, the process of getting new pools and upkeep isn’t so easy on a small town budget.

The sound may never get old of summer time at the pool. But pools get old. The Vermillion City Pool is almost 50. Because that’s the expected lifespan of any pool, the city is looking to build a new one. Jim Goblirsch is the Director of the Vermillion City Parks and Recreation. He says the current pool has 2-inch wide cracks and leaks about 12,000 gallons of water a day.

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Kids and Family
11:10 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Pool Noodle Obstacle Course

Pool Noodle Obstacle Course
Credit PBS Parents

PBS Parents - Parents are always looking for ways to keep their kids happy and entertained during the summer. This easily customizable pool noodle obstacle course is perfect for a kid’s play date, party or a family time in the yard. You can find pool noodles just about anywhere (I got loads of them at the dollar store), so pick some up and get started; you won’t believe just how easy it is. 

http://www.pbs.org/parents/crafts-for-kids/pool-noodle-obstacle-course/  

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Kids and Family
11:01 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Memory Loss and Music

Science Friday: Alive Inside filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett with a Music & Memory participant. Photo courtesy of BOND/360

Science Friday: Why do musical memories linger long after other memories have faded? That question is at the heart of a new documentary, Alive Inside, which looks at the effects of music on people living with Alzheimer’s and other age-related dementias. Film subjects Oliver Sacks and Dan Cohen explain why music acts as a backdoor to memory and share tips for enjoying music with the elders in your life.  

http://sciencefriday.com/segment/08/01/2014/tapping-into-musical-memory.html

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Kids and Family
10:40 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Light of the Prairie: Stained Glass in South Dakota

Light of the Prairie: Stained Glass in South Dakota
Credit SDPB

Are you traveling the state this summer and visiting older churches, building or homes with stained glass windows?  Did you know that clear glass was often used as a placeholder to reduce cost with the hopes of replacing them when additional funds were available? The documentary “Light of the Prairie: Stained Glass in South Dakota” touches on the history and culture of stained glass windows in South Dakota. http://www.sdpb.org/stainedglass/    

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Kids and Family
10:19 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Join Today and Read for a World Record!

Marth Speaks
Credit PBS KIDS Read

Play, explore and read with PBS KIDS! Help break a new reading world record this summer by clicking on Summer Challenge.

http://pbskids.org/read/

Kids and Family
12:27 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Best Summertime Activities Ever!

Fun in the Sun
Credit Camp PBS LearningMedia

PBS LearningMedia has gathered some fun, exploratory resources for you to use as you plan summer fun. This collection of resources is ideally suited for parents, camp counselors and other summer educators looking for educational activities to include in their daily schedule, as well as resources to help seed ideas for introducing topics to campers. http://sdpb.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/camp-pbs-learningmedia/?utm_source=SocialMedia

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Kids and Family
5:59 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Backyard Games and Activities

Backyard Games and Activities
Credit PBS Parents

Spend some fun in the sun this holiday weekend with these awesome outdoor ideas from around the web. Create a giant Jenga set, make a water wall or go on a nature scavenger hunt. http://www.pbs.org/parents/summer/backyard-games-activities/

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Kids and Family
12:38 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Watch the Lakota Berenstain Bears Online Today!

Matȟó Waúŋšila Thiwáhe
Credit Standing Rock Sioux Tribe & Lakota Language Consortium

Raining outside? Watch an episode of the Matȟó Waúŋšila Thiwáhe (Lakota Berenstain Bears) TV series. The Lakota Berenstain Bears Project was a joint venture of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Lakota Language Consortium, with the goal of bringing the Lakota language to family across all Lakota-speaking communities in North and South Dakota, and well beyond. http://pbsdll.k12.sd.us/Search.aspx?C=All&G=All&S=berenstain

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Kids and Family
12:17 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Weekend Project!

Colorful Suncatcher
Credit PBS Parents: Crafts for Kids

Colorful Suncatcher This is a great project to do with your children any time of year, especially during the summer. Try this creative sun catcher from PBS Parents!  http://www.pbs.org/parents/crafts-for-kids/colorful-suncatcher/

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Kids and Family
12:05 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Plum's Photo Hunt APP

PBS KIDS Plum Landing
Credit PBS KIDS

Are you looking for something fun to do this weekend? Get kids exploring outdoors with this free photo app from PBS KIDS! Plum’s Photo Hunt is part of PLUM LANDING, an environmental science media property designed to get kids excited about exploring the wonders of our planet.

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Kids and Family
12:00 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

How Do You Stop Forest Fires?

NPR: Science Friday
Credit NPR: Science Friday

The Goat Brigade: Preventing Wildfires in Southern California Armed with appetites and attitudes, brush-clearing goats will mow down weeds and shrubs from even the steepest of Southern California’s hillsides. Perfectly adapted to a life of constant browsing, these ruminants are being deployed as a shield against the region’s rampant wildfires. We join Ian Newsam, owner of Brush Goats 4 Hire, and his “elite” herd of goats as they reduce the invasive plants and fuel that contribute to the fires.

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