The six-week program, based on the PBS KIDS series “Cyberchase,” was funded by the National Science Foundation and created by WNET and Education Development Center.
More than 500 families across four U.S. cities – Houston, San Antonio, Tampa and the New York City metropolitan area – took part in the bilingual program, and 95 families participated in the pilot research study. Participating parents received weekly text messages with environmentally-themed “Cyberchase”
videos and a choice of two activities to do with their children, focused on related themes such as recycling, energy and saving water.
The parents included in the
were mostly Latino (72 percent) and low-income (76% percent). All participants completed pre- and post-surveys. Researchers also interviewed 17 of the
Parents can sign up for the Cyberchase: Mobile Adventures in STEM six-week program by texting “eco” to 30644.
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