It's official... We've been trying to keep this project somewhat under wraps for a while (things kept slipping out 'cause I can't keep my mouth shut), but it's now official. Docs are signed. Checks have been cut. Insurance has been purchased. Legal bills have been paid. Here's the official release!
Alabama Public Television is excited to partner with Concrete Dream Inc./Steve Trash on a new show for children ages 6-10 that makes science fun. STEVE TRASH SCIENCE (w.t.) will be a weekly 30-minute series airing Saturday mornings on Alabama Public Television beginning in June 2019.
Rockin' Eco Hero Steve Trash® has entertained more than 25 million people since 1984. He's appeared on CBS, ESPN, CNBC, HLN, and VH1. Steve travels the world, bringing his unique brand of eco‐magic to theatres, fairs, and festivals in many other countries including Japan, Australia, Canada, Portugal, Spain and the United Arab Emirates.
“I’ve known Steve and loved his work for more than 20 years,” says APT’s director of programming and public information, Mike McKenzie. “And Steve, who grew up and lives in Alabama, has been a big fan of Alabama Public Television all his life. Now I’m looking forward to the magic he can bring to children’s television, which is a core part of APT’s mission.”
In his magic show, Steve Trash teaches kids about recycling using a combination of fun – and funny – magic routines that engage, entertain, and educate. Essentially, the show is all about environmental science, which the magician has been studying for decades. Steve Trash Science will take this act to television, exploring themes including ecosystems, food chains, soils, weather and climate, solar energy and more.
“Steve has already tried his hand at television with a video version of his magic show he produced himself last year, and it’s clear that he engages kids just as well on the screen as he does in his fantastic live performances,” says McKenzie. “His energy and enthusiasm about science is contagious, which is exactly what you want in a teacher. Children will watch this show and be inspired to learn more.”
Speaking of teachers, STEVE TRASH SCIENCE will be designed for use in the classroom as well as at home. Programs will be developed to follow school curriculum standards for science, with teachers involved as advisors in the production process. Teachers throughout the state turn to Alabama Public Television’s extensive online resources – including more than 130,000 videos, activities and other materials – to augment their classroom lessons. Online resources including suggested science activities for STEVE TRASH SCIENCE will be available on APT’s website to complement program videos.
Like the best public television children’s programs, STEVE TRASH SCIENCE will engage parents as well as children. This is important because it encourages parents to talk with kids about what they’re watching, and possibly reinforce what they’ve learned with reading and other activities. Parents can easily access APT’s online videos and science activities.
APT plans to offer STEVE TRASH SCIENCE to public television stations around the country, all of which need strong science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) content for children.
More info at https://www.stevetrash.com/science